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Tokyo's Stunning 'Mizuhiki' LED Christmas Tree

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Mizuhiki is an ancient craft that’s been passed down from generation to generation. The beautiful ornamental cords are hand twisted and molded into decorative forms that adorn gifts, or are used to express condolences. In essence, they connect things—both figuratively and literally—and symbolize unity as well as the ties binding the giver to the receiver.

The Kitte department store just outside Tokyo Station is known for its annual effort to stage a beautifully designed Christmas tree. But this year they’ve outdone themselves, collaborating with artisans from Iida City in Nagano to craft a Christmas tree made from 1,000 mizuhiki cord balls, each embedded with LED lights and suspended in midair. The tree is on display through December 25, 2020. Head to Spoon & Tamago to learn even more about the dazzling project.

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