NAKED Illuminated Matsushima Palace, Near One of the ‘Three Views of Japan’

10.January.2022 | SPOT

Creative company NAKED is now providing incredible projection mapping across Matsushima Palace, located close to the many tiny islands of Matsushima, known as one of the ‘Three Views of Japan.’ 

 

The light show completely envelops the Retsuru Tower, the symbol of the property, along with the gardens around the palace. Guests can expect a once-in-a-lifetime experience as they wander the grounds at night. 

 

Matsushima has a long history, with many unique geographical highlights developing thousands of years ago. Many poets have written poems about the area since the Heian period (794-1185). The projection mapping show will highlight the past, present, and future of the area, inviting guests on a trip through time and space.

 

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