Pokémon Illuminations to Shine at Lake Sagami in Kanagawa

11.October.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

Lake Sagami Pleasure Forest, an outdoor multi-resort in Sagamihara, Kanagawa, has announced that the Kanto region’s biggest illumination event SAGAMIKO ILLUMILLION is set to return for 2020-2021. The event will see 6 million illuminations light up the area from November 14, 2020 to April 4, 2021.

 

About SAGAMIKO ILLUMILLION

SAGAMIKO ILLUMILLION is an annual winter event held at Lake Sagami Pleasure Forest. About an hour from the main city, the event takes place up a high slope with the 6 million lights becoming one with the surrounding natural environment. The event uses the latest in lighting technology and has gotten bigger and better every year. In 2018, it was chosen as one of Kanto’s three main illumination events.

 

This year marks the 12th run of SAGAMIKO ILLUMILLION, and this time around it’s collaborating with the Pokémon franchise with lots of colourful illuminations set to light up the area and plenty of Pokémon photo spots to take your picture with including Pikachu sleeping in the forest, Charmander taking a nap by an open-air, and more.

As well as the Pokémon illuminations, the 40,000㎡ illumination area will be split into 10 different kinds of illuminations, with each individual area having their own colourful lights. There will also be a 250 meter lift people can ride, amongst lots of other exciting things.

 

SAGAMIKO ILLUMILLION is being held with all the necessary precautions in place against COVID-19.

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    The annual event is being held a week later than usual in order to implement the necessary precautions against COVID-19 and to ensure visitors are divided from one another so that they can enjoy the event as always safely. Masks will need to be worn and visitors must sanitise their hands as well as have their temperature checked with the on-site thermal camera before entering the park.

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    04.October.2020 | SPOT

    Grand Front Osaka has announced a Christmas event this year called ‘Grand Wish Christmas 2020’ which will run from November 11 to December 25. ‘Winter Voyage’ is the theme for the event which will switch on host of dazzling illuminations to warm up the cockles of everyone’s heart this coming winter.

     

    Winter Voyage: A journey of hope to connect the world

    The ball-draped Winter Voyage Tree was created by Japanese designer Kimi Hasegawa and will be placed inside the mall’s Knowledge Plaza. Guests will also be welcomed by the Champagne Gold Illumination which has been fitted with 400,000 balls, and there will also be a photo exhibition made in collaboration with travel culture magazine TRANSIT that showcases beautiful sights around the world.

     

    *Please note that parts of the event are subject to change or cancellation depending on the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

     

    Winter Voyage Tree: The main Christmas tree

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    Running: November 11, 2020 – December 25, 2020

    Lighting Show: [Weekdays] 17:00-Midnight / [Weekends] 16:00-Midnight

    Location: Knowledge Village, Grand Front Osaka North Building Floor 1F

     

    Champagne Gold Illumination

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    Running: November 11, 2020 – February 23, 2021

    Illumination Time: Everyday 17:00-Midnight

    Locations: Umekita Plaza, Keyaki Namiki, West Side of Grand Front Osaka’s North Building

     

    TED HYBER -Ugly Christmas Sweater-

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    Running: November 11, 2020 – December 25, 2020
    Location: Grand Front Osaka South Building

     

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    Running: November 11, 2020 – December 25, 2020
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  • Autumn Lights Set to Illuminate Kyoto’s Konkai-Komyoji Temple This November

    04.October.2020 | SPOT

    Autumn illuminations are set to shine on Konkai-Komyoji Temple in Kyoto from November 13.

    Konkai-Komyoji Temple is a Buddhist temple that was founded in 1175. It is one of the eight temples of the Jodo sect of Buddhism and his home to numerous treasures including a painting by Edo period painter Itō Jakuchū, folding screen paintings by Tomioka Tessai, and more. There are many wonders to behold at the temple, such as the Tora-no-ma which has sliding doors that depending on how they are open or closed display a different number of tigers, or the Shiun Gardens which have a stream that reflects the beautiful autumnal colours of the overhead trees.

    The temple is also home to the Goko Shuyui Amida Butsu statue, which has been picked up by the Japanese media on many occasions and referred to as the “Afro Buddha” due to its afro hairstyle.

     

    There will be Japanese music performances with traditional instruments like the koto and shinobue three times an evening for the illumination event. If you’re in Kyoto this autumn, this is one event to not miss.

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