Hero!! or Villain?! That is the lighting question. In cities worldwide there are all types of different lighting environments, some are exciting, romantic or relaxing and some are outright shocking or unpleasant. Vote to Hero or Villain for this month’s pick. You be the judge.
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  • Shop façade in Harajuku, Tokyo

    This shop façade decorated with many colorful neon lamps faces Cat-street, which is famous as a fashionable street in Harajuku, Tokyo.

    How do you think this façade is Hero? Or Villain?

    Photo by: Yuri Araki


    Basically, I don’t like flashy, colorful lights on street except at Times Square, Shibuya, Shinjuku, and so on. However, I do like such neon tube decoration made by hands. It is just lovely. Colorful neon tube creates different atmosphere compared to colorful RGB LED graphics. It’s because of a big difference between Analogue and Digital, I guess.

    Therefore I accept this handcrafted neon light signage at Cat-Street as a hero.