Here is the statue in daylight. Bokuden Tsukahara (1489-1571), was the founder of "Kashima Shinto-ryu" style of fencing. His father was a Shinto priest at Kashima Jingu. They didn't do Christmas lights. And nobody messed with this guy either.
Personally, I didn't think the lights were that bad. One man's holiday illumination is another man's "Photon Torpedo" attack I guess. My idea of overkill is "Candy Cane Lane" in Woodland Hills, California. It's a neighborhood near my high school where people since 1952 have been seeing just how many lights and (sometimes obnoxious) decorations they can fit on their house and yard without bringing the Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power to its knees.
For some truly great displays, I suggest everyone who hasn't done so go check out the Berlin, Germany Christmas lights and decorations which NZM has posted at M and J Adventures. Oooooh, Aaaaaaah.