In south Japan, Mie prefecture is rocking 7 million LED Christmas lights. Hence the awesome light tunnel above. "Illuminations" or Christmas light displays have been a big deal in Japan since the 1980s. But there's something a lot more contemplative about these lights compared to some of the spectacles in the U.S..

Kanagawa prefecture has 4 million bulbs on display and the Sagamiko amusement park there stays open later so people can enjoy them. The scenes seem less frantic and more peaceful than the record-breaking displays we normally see. Looking at these subdued Christmas lights really takes the edge off of unnecessarily aggressive holiday cheer. [Spoon & Tamago]