illumination

Tokyo has “cherry blossoms” for Christmas thanks to gorgeous sakura tree light display

Popular riverside cherry blossom spot mixes the beauty of winter and spring.

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Tokyo Tower is bathed in beautiful blue for Milky Way Illumination and Tanabata celebration

Gorgeous summertime event offers discounts for visitors who come wearing kimono.

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This Kyoto landmark is offering a stunning new service!

For a fee, visitors to Kyoto will have the chance to illuminate one of the city’s most distinctive landmarks with a color (or two) of their choice!

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Kobe Luminarie illumination creators ditched LED for the warmer light of normal bulbs

Tokyo may be trying to take the throne of “City of Lights” from Paris and we’ve seen some dazzling lights in Mie Prefecture, but inKansai, nothing says holiday spirit better than “Kobe Luminarie.” The light display is entering another year of brilliance, as it was originally a display to honor the victims of the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995, pray for the revival of the city, and reintroduce tourism into the region.

In an effort to save energy after the Tohoku Disaster in 2011, Kobe Luminarie changed their lightbulbs to LED lights. Smart move, right? You would think people would be happy with the economically and environmentally savvy improvement, but apparently the results were a little more sparkling than they’d hoped, in the bad way.

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