Friday, Dec. 26, 2003
A special illumination event is being held at the center plaza of Tokyo's Yebisu Garden Place through Jan. 12, featuring a large chandelier and two candlesticks made of Baccarat crystal.
The chandelier, measuring about 5 meters high and 3 meters across, is constructed of 8,086 pieces of crystal and 230 lights. It was made in 1994 to commemorate the 230th anniversary of the French glassmaker's establishment in 1764.
The candlesticks, each measuring 2.15 meters high and 85 cm wide, are replicas of ones ordered made by Russia's last czar, Nicholas II, to decorate a room for his wife that was used when the couple visited Paris in 1896.
The chandelier and candlesticks will be lit from noon to 11 p.m.