Gran Illumi to showcase giant 3D illuminations at Izu Granpal Park in Shizuoka Prefecture
17.December.2017 | SPOT
A gigantic screen is making its way to the “Gran Illumi 3rd Season” currently being held at Izu Granpal Park. From December 23rd you will be able to personally experience 3D illuminations beyond your wildest imagination.
Gran Illumi is an acclaimed illumination event from people of all ages that took 4th place in the entertainment category and 1st place in the national illumination ranking of the “5th Illumination Awards.”
The gigantic screen appearing at this year’s event is 60m high and 13m wide. This advanced 3D illumination screen will display the world’s biggest Christmas tree for the festive season and more.
A light and music show using the screen is also planned to begin in January next year. It will be a must-see show on an immense scale that will exceed all expectations.
Get lost in a world of giant sweets and candy at this year’s Gran Illumi.
Cruise by the Dazzling Blue Grotto Illuminations in Fukuoka
10.September.2019 | SPOT
As part of a project to vitalise and develop the town of Hakata in Fukuoka and promote its wonderful culture to the people of the world, the Blue Grotto FUKUOKA Executive Committee is set to hold a special illumination event titled Blue Grotto FUKUOKA at Nakasu Bridge from September 16 to October 6.
This illumination event first began in Nakameguro, Tokyo back in 2014 where it enjoyed great success. The location was then moved in 2016 to Shibuya where over 2.8 million people attended. It was then held outside the Tokyo area for the first time in Sapporo in February 2018 and then in Osaka in September of the same year. This enabled it to become widespread across the country and has consequentially made it become one of the main illumination events of Japan.
Blue Grotto will now make its way to Kyushu for the first time with Blue Grotto FUKUOKA. Boats will be prepared for the romantic and magical cruise which will take passengers from Nakasu Bridge to Canal City Hakata and Hakata Bay.
As well as the breathtaking lights, passengers can look forward to a specially-prepared pasta meal made by Nisshin Foods using Blue Grotto brand products.
Blue Grotto FUKUOKA
Running: September 16, 2019 – October 6, 2019
Location: Nakasu Bridge (中洲懸橋), Fukuoka
Illumination Times: 18:30-22:00 (subject to change)
Access: 6-minutes on foot fromNakasu-Kawabata Station / 7-minutes on foot from Tenjin-Minami Station
Official Website: http://shibuya-aonodokutsu.jp/
Enjoy a mystical night of relaxing fireflies and festival fun only this June at Higashi-Izu!
26.May.2019 | SPOT
Higashi-Izu Machi Kanko Kyokai tourism association is holding their 17th evening firefly-watching event to be held in a local hot spring village of Higashi-Izu. The Higashi-Izu Machi Onsenkyo Hotaru Kansho no Sakuya” will be held from Sunday 2nd to Tuesday 11th June. Free yourself from everyday life and watch the night light up as a mystical scenery filled with fireflies descends upon you. This experience will take your body and mind to a whole new world!
The event will be held at the natural Okawa Takegasa Koen; a park which is listed to have one of Shizuoka’s 100 top waterfronts. You can feel the seasons changing here, and during June, you can see a clear stream of fireflies dancing. The warm colours of their glow will put you at ease for hours.
Numerous other events will take place alongside the firefly-watching event, such as the “Chochin walk” where you can enjoy a peaceful stroll at night with a warmly lit paper lantern. You can also stop by the “firefly town” (Hotaru-shi) where you can browse lots of local goods during the night market, or take part in the “otanoshimi chusen kai” lucky lottery where many prizes can be won. Shizuoka DC has also planned a special prize-giving program, where visitors who arrive at the park in a Yutaka (summer kimono) on a weekday of the event will be given a small gift!
Enjoy a mystical and extraordinary night of nature at Higashi-Izu. This is your chance to relax under the light of fireflies and explore the numerous shops at the firefly town!
Firefly-watching evening, Higashi-Izu Hot Spring town
“Dai 17 kai Higashi-Izu Machi Onsenkyo Hotaru Kansho no Sakuya”
Location: Okawa Takegasa Koen park, Higashi-Izu Machi Ogawa Onsen (東伊豆町大川温泉 大川竹ヶ沢公園)
Running: Sun 02 ー Tues 11/06/2019
Times: 19:30 ー 21:00 (Subject to cancellation due to rain)
※ Last park entries: 20:25
Park entry fee：Please pay the “Hotaru Ikusei-kin” of ¥200 to help look after the fireflies.
Special edition website: http://www.e-izu-hotaru.org/
Chilled Blue Chocolate Released by Shizuoka Matcha Sweet Makers Nanaya
12.May.2019 | FOOD
Nanaya, a producer of confections made using matcha from Shizuoka, is releasing a new line of blue chocolates. They will began rolling out at the Fujieda, Shizuoka, Aoyama and Kyoto Sanjo branches on May 9.
Blue chocolate is not something you see everyday. Nanaya make this melt-in-the-mouth chocolate by using the same original methods they developed to make white chocolate. It is more reminiscent of hard candy than the smooth velvety chocolate served in summer. It has a gentle sweetness brought about by the light brown sugar which is delicious until the last bite. It’s also seasoned with salt and pepper for accent and deeper flavours. The chocolate also uses butterfly pea which is popular in herbal teas in Thailand.
To further bring out the unique qualities of the herb tea, natural salt and three types of pepper are used: red, white and black. This adds a spicy kick to the sweetness of the chocolate. The chocolate is to be kept cool in the refrigerator and best enjoyed after leaving to come to room temperature before eating.
Try this exotic blue chocolate yourself this spring.
Available: At the Fujieda, Shizuoka, Aoyama, Kyoto Sanjo and Makinohara branches of Nanaya.
*Releasing at the Tea Museum in Shizuoka and online on May 12, 2019.
Nanaya Website: https://nanaya-matcha.com/?mode=f4&sid=10
Marushichi Group Website: http://marushichi-group.jp/
Enjoy Cherry Blossoms and Illuminations at Yomiuri Land This Spring
10.March.2019 | SPOT
Japanese amusement park Yomiuri Land is set to hold its first ever Yozakura Jewel Illumination event from March 21 to April 7. It will combine evening-time cherry blossoms with gorgeous illuminations.
The event will give bloom to various attractions, such as “Jewel Aurora ~Nighttime Ferris Wheel” designed by internationally-active Japanese lighting artist Motoko Ishii. The park’s 180-meter long strip of cherry trees will combine the vivid cherry blossoms with bright pink lights.
Sakura Promenade: 180-meters of magical cherry trees
Using the light pink cherry blossoms as the base, the Sakura Promenade will be lined with bright lights in the evening, creating a memorable and must-see display.
Jewel Aurora ~Nighttime Ferris Wheel: Illuminated in Cherry Blossom Pink
The huge Ferris wheel will be lit up with colourful lights in the image of cherry blossoms.
Bandit: The fastest ever hanami experience at 110km!
Enjoy a fast hanami flower-viewing of the cherry blossoms at high speed on Bandit, the park’s most popular roller coaster.
Gondola Sky Shuttle: Hanami from above
Enjoy gazing at the cherry blossoms up high over the trees aboard the gondola. It will be like gliding over a pink carpet.
Cherry Blossom Tunnel
Walk through the 180-meter long cherry blossom tunnel and enjoy the sights whether strolling or kicking back on the benches.
Yomiuri Land Oka no Yu: Hanami from the open-air baths
For a separate fee, sit under the cherry trees inside the open air baths for a relaxing experience.
Enjoy a different kind of hanami this year at Yomiuri Land with their many cherry blossom events.
Yozakura Jewel Illuminations
Running: March 21, 2019 – APril 7, 2019
Price: General Night Pass: ¥2,400 / 3-12 Year Olds & Seniors (65+): ¥1,600
Night Entry: General: ¥1,400 / Junior High School Students: & Seniors (65+) ¥600 / Elementary School Students: ¥300
*Free for those below elementary school age.
*Guests are not allowed to take cans, bottles or alcohol into the park. They can however take bento boxes.
Address: 4015-1 Yanokuchi, Inagi, Tokyo
4 Best Evening Illumination Spots in Tochigi Prefecture
19.December.2018 | SPOT
Tochigi Prefecture boasts a long list of spots officially designated as “Night View Inheritances of Japan” where illumination events, shrine and temple light-ups, mini lanterns and more are set up.
This is a list of 4 must-visit locations with illuminations events running until March 2019.
Ashikaga Flower Park – “Garden of Illuminated Flowers)
Ashikaga Flower Park is one of Japan’s three main illumination spots. Its popularity has earned it the No. 1 spot for illuminations for two years in a row. The newly-built Ashikaga Flower Park Station at the park’s west gate makes it easier than ever to access.
The wintry trees are decorated with colourful lights, brightening the beautiful flowers at nighttime. There is also a recreation of the park’s symbolic great wisteria tree made entirely out of lights down to the flowers. It sways with the wind making it look like a real tree.
Address: 607 Hasamacho, Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture
Running: October 27, 2018 – February 5, 2019
Closed: December 31, 2018
Ashikagaorihime Shrine at Orihime Park
Another one of Japan’s officially registered Night View Inheritance sites. Orihime Park offers a gorgeous view of the town’s nightscape. The park’s Ashikagaorihime Shrine is lit up making for a magical atmopshere. The shrine itself is famous for its associations with marriage, making it a popular date spot.
Address: 3890-17 Tomoecho, Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture
Open: All Year Round
Shrine Illumination: 5:00pm-midnight
26th Yunishikawaonsen Kamakurasai
Taking place at Yunishigawa Onsen, this event was designated as a Night View Inheritance site in 2009. It sees hundreds of candles lit up across the entire area that create a mysterious atmosphere. It’s also chosen as “one of the must-see places before you die.”
Address: 1042 Yunishigawa, Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture
Running: January 26, 2019 – March 3, 2019
Candle Lighting: 5:30pm-9:00pm
*Subject to cancellation depending on weather conditions.
Closed: Wednesdays & Thursdays
Okunikko Yumoto Onsen Snow Festival 2019
This event began in a desire make use of the abundant snow and light up nighttime Okunikko. Ice sculptures created by hotel chefs from inside and outside the prefecture will be set up on January 31. In February, around 500 snow lights will be set up at the hot springs, and illuminations will glow against the snowy walls.
Address: Yumoto, Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture
Running: February 2, 2019 – February 10, 2019
Illumination Time: 5:00pm-9:00pm
Tochigi Prefecture is easily accessible from Tokyo, so if you’re in Japan then take advantage of this season to go and see some enchanting nighttime scenery.
“Blue Grotto SHIBUYA”, is the collaboration of fantastic illumination and beautiful tones at the Shibuya Koen dori
02.December.2018 | SPOT
“Blue Grotto SHIBUYA” (Ao No Dokutsu) runs from Koendori street to Yoyogi Koen Keyaki Namiki street from November 30th(Fri) to December 31st(Mon).
Sound has been added to this year’s light show performance, which was very popular last year. The sound of ringing bells accompanies the light show and makes you feel winter has come. Everyone can enjoy this illumination show with both their eyes and ears.
Ao no Dokutsu bolognaise ¥460(tax included)
「Ao no Dokutsu Blue Parks」opens the same as last year, offering Nisshin Foods「Ao no Dokutsu bolognaise, blue champagne and hot blue lemonade inspired by the blue grotto.
There is a BLUE CUBE from the commercial of 「Ao no Dokutsu」as a photo spot. The
exterior is very sophisticated, and the inside is a completely different style from the outside with surfaces mirrored in blue decoration, creating a fantastic illusion. During the Christmas season, the illumination is linked with the sound of piano.
Everyone can enjoy this collaboration of light and sound「Ao no Dokutsu SHIBUYA」with family and friends!
Ao no Dokutsu SHIBUYA
Area: From Yoyogi Koen Dori to Yoyogi Park Keyaki Namiki about 800m Illumination Time:
17:00 – 22:00 (subject to change)
Inside of the Yoyogi Park: November 30th(Fri) – December 31(Mon),2018 Shibuya Koen Dori: November 30th(Fri) 2018 -January 16th(Wed), 2019
1 minute walk from Shibuya station/ also accessible from JR Harajuku, MeijiJingumae and YoyogiKoenmae of Metro, Odakyu Yoyogi Hachiman
Ao no Dokutsu Blue Parks
Open time : November 30th (Fri) – December 31st(Mon), 2109
(Mon-Fri)10:00-20:00 (Fri-Sun and Holiday)10:00-21:00 (New Year’s Eve)12:00-21:00
Best Tokyo Illuminations: December 2018 to February 2019
Every year during Japanese wintertime the streets are lit up with big, bright and beautiful illuminations. They are of course held all the way up to Christmas but can be enjoyed all the way into February. Here’s our list of must-see Tokyo illuminations this year.
Keyakizaka Illuminations (Running until December 25)
Around 700,000 LED lights will decorate the trees of Keyakizaka street, bringing to light that charming feeling of Tokyo wintertime. This marks the 15th year of the street’s illuminations, and this year’s theme is “LIVE veil.” Passersby will be greeted with the glow of crisp blue and snow white LED lights. The bridge located in the centre of Keyakizaka street will make for a great photo with Tokyo Tower in the background. These are the perfect illuminations to visit if you’re sightseeing in Tokyo!
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/128726
Marunouchi Bright Christmas 2018 (November 8 – December 25)
The Marunouchi area is currently hosing an event titled Marunouchi Bright Christmas 2018 in collaboration with famous Japanese singer Yuming who is celebrating her 46th anniversary this year since her debut. A Christmas tree called the “Knit Tree” made in collaboration with the singer is currently on display at the Marcube on the first floor of the Marunouchi building, the main vneue for this event. The tree is decorated with dazzling illuminations as Yuming’s songs provide the soundtrack to the room.
Illumination Island Odaiba 2018 (November 16 – December 25)
Ten facilities in the Odaiba area including the shopping mall, hotels and transportation facilities are joining in with Illumination Island Odaiba 2018. Daiba Memorial Tree boasts as the biggest live tree in the city standing almost 20 meters high and 10 meters wide. The branches, which stretch an enormous 200 meters, are wrapped with 220,000 light, creating a captivating scene.
Megurogawa Minna no Illumi 2018 (November 9 – January 6)
Meguro River is famous for its cherry trees which line stretch 4km along the waters and bring beautiful cherry blossoms in spring. This winter, Megurogawa Minna no Illumi 2018 (‘Meguro River: Illuminations for Everyone’) is seeing the path along the river decorated with lights which will reflect off the water’s surface. The Fuyu no Sakura® (‘Winter Cherry Blossoms’) flower viewing spot which was a huge hit last year has made an appearance again this year. People are enjoying the ‘winter cherry blossoms’ーthe pink illuminationsーfrom the comfort of one of the three garden igloos which all have different interiors. Sitting in one of these means you don’t have to worry about wind, rain or cold weather.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/137108
Shinjuku Minamilumi Illuminations (November 14 – February 14)
The Shinjuku Minamilumi illuminations have made their sixth return to the south exit of Shinjuku Station again this year. “Minamilumi” is a portmanteau of minami no illumination (‘south illuminations’) and minna de miru illumination (‘illuminations to watch with everyone’). Each pedestrian area around the south exit is currently adorned with many different illuminations. Each location is within walking distance from the other, so you can spend a nice relaxing time strolling and seeing the different lights that will welcoming this year’s winter.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/125425
Omohara Beer Forest Illuminations (November 15 – February 28)
The Omohara Beer Forest―located on the sixth floor rooftop of Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku―is currently hosting an illumination event. The illuminations have brought a mix of natural light and gentle fairy lights to central Harajuku. 16,000 illuminations bask the surrounding space and trees with warm light. A space surrounded by trees will give rise to 16,000 illuminations with warm light. Opening hours have been extended to 11:00pm from the usual 9:00pm for the Christmas and New Year periods. A perfect place to stop by after work or shopping.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/135593
Illuminations are a big part of Japan’s winter culture, so take your friends and loved ones this year.
TENOHA Christmas Fes 2018 Arrives at TENOHA DAIKANYAMA
26.November.2018 | SPOT
TENOHA Christmas Fes 2018 at TENOHA DAIKANYAMA in Daikanyama, Tokyo began on November 22. There are lots of events to look forward to.
MIRRORBOWLER Presents TENOHA Christmas Fes 2018 HOLY LIGHTS ILLUMINATION
Running: November 22, 2018 – January 10, 2019 (Illumination Time: 16:00-23:00)
Japanese art group MIRRORBOWLER is in charge of TENOHA DAIKANYAMA’s illuminations this year, putting on a display that combines light and shadow. The myriad reflections and sparkly lights will speak to people’s hearts.
TENOHA Christmas Fes 2018 OPENING RECEPTION (*FINISHED)
Running: November 21, 2018 at 18:00-22:00 (Illumination Time: From 19:00)
The pre-festival opening day on November 21 saw a magical Christmas atmosphere created through lights and music. Food by popular chefs was prepared and there was live music and DJ performances. Special guests were also invited to the illumination ceremony.
Running: November 22, 2018 – November 25, 2018
The holiday season will be brightened by up the Christmas market in the courtyard which will sell ornaments, gifts, food and drink.
＆STYLE RESTAURANT – “Il Menu di S.T Natale da TENOHA X’mas” Christmas Course
Available: December 23, 2018 – December 25, 2018
Enjoy a Christmas dinner in the fancy &STYLE RESTAURANT where you can feast on international seasonal vegetables and a line-up of gorgeous food specially prepared by the chefs.
bondolfi boncaffē – Colourful Winter Mousse / 5 Colours (¥600 each)
Available: December 1, 2018 – December 25, 2018
bondolfi’s original colourful mousses will brighten up the winter. Available for the month of December, each mousse combines two flavours.
Running: November 21, 2018 – December 25, 2018
Over at the &STYLE STORE they will sell a whole range of Xmas ornaments. Find your favourite!
Running: December 1, 2018 – December 25, 2018
Christmas Wrapping: December 22, 2018 – December 25, 2018
The &STYLE STORE will also stock a whole range of gifts for men, women and children. Each item has its own story and can’t be found anywhere else.
＆STYLE STORE – Christmas Window Installations
For 2018, the TENOHA &STYLE STORE will have Christmas window installations with a holy tinge to them, recreating the world of a girl in her dreams is both gorgeous and cute. When you knock on the window door you can enjoy a captivating light performance.
There are many other events happening at this year’s TENOHA Christmas Fes too, so head to Daikanyama for a Christmas to remember full of beautiful illuminations, fun and exciting experiences and delicious food.
TENOHA Christmas Fes 2018
Address: TENOHA DAIKANYAMA, 20-23 Daikanyamacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Date: November 21, 2018 – January 10, 2019
Access: 3-minutes from Daikanyama Station’s front exit via the Tōkyū Tōyoko Line.
Yousei-tachi no Gakuen (‘Academy of Faries’) is an illumination festival at Gunma Flower Park currently running until January 14, 2019. A large firework display is set for November 24 where 3,650 fireworks will be launched into the sky.
Gunma Flower Park ranked in 10th place in Japan’s 6th National Illumination Awards.
The park has been decorated with 1 million round lights for the event. Projection mapping is also being used and laser shows are taking place, all themed on fairies. Attendees are invited to board the locomotive to ride around the illuminated park with a guide on board.
The colour red flows through the greenhouse which has been potted with poinsettias, cyclamens and Christmas roses. There is also a large fir tree to complete the Christmas garden decked out with ornaments and gorgeous lights.
The shops and restaurant are also serving up a range of items and food for the event, making it the perfect place to visit with that special someone to make some wintertime memories.
Illumination Festa “Yousei-tachi no Gakuen”
Address: Gunma Flower Park, 2471-7 Kashiwaguramachi, Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture
Running: November 3, 2018 – January 14, 2019
Opening Hours: 9:00-21:00 *Last entries at 20:30 (at 20:00 on December 31)
Price: Adults (High School Students and above): ¥600 / Children (Junior High School Students and below): Free
*Free for those with a disability when accompanied by a guardian (proof required)
*In the case of bad weather, the event will be postponed until the following day.
Flower Park Official Website: http://www.flower-park.jp/
Event Page: http://www.flower-park.jp/illumination
New Crimson Red Illumination Event to Hit Nihonbashi from November 30
19.November.2018 | SPOT
Shinku no Hikari Machi ~Nihonbashi~ (“Town Illuminated in Deep Crimson ~Nihonbashi~”) is a new event coming to Nihonbashi that’s set to dye the town in deep red hues starting on November 30. The entire area along with Edo Sakura-dori will be illuminated by captivating crimson.
Nihonbashi has a history with Edo period textile patterns, and this is what the event is themed on – it will combine patterns with winter lights. Some of the must-see illuminations around the town include Mitsui Honkan, a historical building that has been designated as important cultural property, Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower, and COREDO Muromachi.
Also running alongside this event will be Edo Sakura Illumination 2018, another light-up extravaganza of crimson and champagne gold along Edo Sakura-dori which connects to Chuo-dori Street.
While enjoying the lights you can enjoy the perfect winter food at the Attaka Fair which will be held at COREDO Muromachi and Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower. Those who take a photo of themselves at the fair on Instagram will receive a range of specially made products from around Japan to warm yourself up in winter. There will also be a talk event themed on appreciating the beauty of Edo patterns and Ise-katagami, the Japanese craft of making paper stencils for dyeing textiles.
“Edo Komon Patterns x Winter Lights”
Location: Chuo-dori (中央通り)
Running: November 30, 2018 – December 28, 2018
“Edo Sakura Illumination 2018”
Location: Edo Sakura-dori (江戸桜通り)
Running: November 30, 2018 – December 28, 2018
“Attaka Fair” Food
Location: COREDO Muromachi 1, 2 & 3 / Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower
Running: November 30, 2018 – December 28, 2018
There are plenty events happening this winter to enjoy with friends and family in Nihonbashi, so if you’re in Japan be sure to get involved!
Shinku no Hikari Machi ~Nihonbashi~
Locations: COREDO Muromachi, Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower, Mitsui Honkan
Associated Areas: Edo Sakura-dori, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Honkan, YUITO, YUITO ANNEX, OVOL
Running: November 30, 2018 December 28, 2018
Christmas Candle Night 2018 to Take Place at Karuizawa Kogen Church
07.November.2018 | SPOT
Countless candles are set to illuminate Karuizawa Kogen Church from December 1 to 25 for Christmas Candle Night 2018. The church, located in the town of Karuizawa which was opened by missionaries, is open to all people and loved by many people.
The church, encased tranquilly amongst the trees and nature, has a long history dating back to 1921. It initially began in the Taisho Period as a place where highly educated people gathered including Japanese author Tōson Shimazaki and poet Hakushū Kitahara. It continues today as a church that welcomes anybody who visits it.
Warm Glowing Lantern Candles in the Holy Forest and the Illuminated Crossroads
Candles stood in lanterns will light up the forest surrounding the church, and a 6 meter tall fern tree will glow against the night sky. The illuminated crossroads that run through the forest will transform the area into a magical and mysterious marvel as gentle lights flicker before you.
Date: December 1, 2018 – December 25, 2018
Lantern Strolling Through the Holy Forest
Just as the missionaries paved the way for Karuizawa, so too will you be able to stroll through the forest lit only by the lantern you carry and the candles surrounding you. This is a chance to make some Christmas memories you wouldn’t be able to in the city.
Date: Weekends from December 1 to 23 / December 24 and 25
Christmas Song & Prayer
A musical ensembles of hand bells and harps will be carried out as will song and music with a gospel choir and pastor. Enjoy praying, singing and feeling with music.
Hand Bell & Harp Ensemble
Date: Saturdays and December 24
December 1 and 8 – 19:00/20:00
December 15, 22 and 24 – 18:30/19:30/20:30
*20 minutes per session
Christmas Song & Prayer
Date: Sundays and December 25
December 2 and 9 – 19:00/16:00
December 16, 23 and 25 – 18:30/19:30/20:30
*20 minutes per session
The Holy Night’s Gentle Melody
The gentle tune of a music box will calm people’s hearts just as the sounds heard in Karuizawa’s forests do, like the cries of birds and trees rustling in the wind.
Date: Weekends from December 1 to 23 / December 24 and 25
December 1, 2, 8 and 9 – 19:20/20:20
December 15, 16, 22, 23, 24 and 25 18:50/19:50/20:50
*5 minutes per session
Binding Thoughts & Feelings Into Christmas Letters
The church treasures the time it takes to put together a letter to send to someone. Write a special letter to that special someone.
Date: Weekends from December 1 to 23 / December 24 and 25
Enjoy a calm and peaceful Christmas this holiday season at Karuizawa Kogen Church.
Karuizawa Kogen Church
Address: Hoshino Nagakura, Karuizawa, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture
Pink Illuminations to Adorn Meguro River’s Famous Cherry Blossom Trees
24.October.2018 | SPOT
Meguro River is famous for its cherry trees which line stretch 4km along the waters and bring beautiful cherry blossoms in spring. This winter, ‘Megurogawa Minna no Illumi 2018’ will take place from November 9, 2018 to January 6, 2019. Translating to ‘Meguro River: Illuminations for Everyone,’ the event will see the path along the river decorated with lights which will reflect off the water’s surface.
The event was created out of locals’ love for the town of Meguro. It’s a time of mutual bonding and a reminder that winter is here. Last year, apartments in the neighbourhood and restaurants collected 5,500 litres of waste cooking oil which powered the generator for the lights. Waste cooking oils will be recycled again this year as biodiesel to power 100% of the illuminations.
The Fuyu no Sakura® (‘Winter Cherry Blossoms’) flower viewing spot which was a huge hit last year will make an appearance again this year. People will be able to enjoy the ‘winter cherry blossoms’ーthe pink illuminationsーfrom the comfort of one of the three garden igloos which all have different interiors. Sitting in one of these means you don’t have to worry about wind, rain or cold weather.
Fuyu no Sakura
Locaion: Gotanda Fureai Waterside Square, Shinagawa
Running: November 22, 2018 – December 26, 2018
This year marks the 9th run of Fuyu no Sakura®. The 100% local energy illuminations were picked up by news media both in Japan and overseas last year. The event also won second-place in the 2017 A’ Design Award.
If you missed the spring cherry blossoms in Japan and are travelling there in wintertime then enjoy some ‘flower viewing’ at Meguro River!
Megurogawa Minna no Illumi 2018
Locations: Meguro River / Gotanda Fureai Waterside Square (2-9 Higashi-Gotanda, Shinagawa, Tokyo)
Illumination Period: November 9, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Illumination Time: 17:00-22:00 (Will go ahead during rain)
*Closed during storms. Additionally, illumination time will begin at 17:30 on November 9 only.
Access: 6-minutes on foot from Osaki Station and Gotanda Station via JR Lines
Official Website: http://www.minna-no-illumi.com/