Photo/Illutration A projection mapping work shown on the outer wall of the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery in Tokyo for media on Dec. 8. (Shiro Nishihata)

In a mesmerizing night show, projection mapping works from around the world will be shown in Tokyo as the main program of “Tokyo Lights,” the capital’s first festival themed on light.

Members of the media were treated to a preview of the event on Dec. 8, the day before it opened at the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery, a government-designated important cultural property, in the Meiji Jingu Gaien complex in Shinjuku Ward.

A total of 19 finalists will be displayed after being selected from 246 entries created under the theme of hope for the One Minute Projection Mapping Competition, one of the largest international contests in Asia.

Each work lasts less than two minutes.

They were submitted by video artists from 54 countries and territories, including Canada, Ukraine and Vietnam.

Visitors can walk through a 100-meter “laser tunnel” to experience a stunning light video show at the rubber ball baseball field in the complex.

People interested in seeing the event, which will continue until Dec. 12, must book tickets in advance through the website for Tokyo Lights (