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The build up to Christmas — and holiday decorations — in Japan has officially begun. Gaudy? Yes. Over the top? Most definitely.
And yet, even then, there’s still something about the uniquely Japanese way in which Christmas is celebrated here that always brings a smile to my face. So, join me as we run down five beautiful attractions and illuminations to keep you occupied in the Kansai Region this Christmas.
1) Kobe Luminarie 2017
One of the things I have always admired about the Japanese is their uncanny ability to create beauty and hope from instances of tragedy. The Kobe Luminarie was created in the aftermath of the great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995, when much of the city centre was destroyed as a way of bringing hope and positivity back to a city in pain.
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A Kobe holiday.
These days it has become an essential annual trip for families, couples and friends alike. Beginning near Motomachi Station, and running all along the street to Higashi Yuenchi Park, Kobe Luminarie sees the entire neighbourhood lit up in a stunning display of lights and patterns.
Entry is free, however the event only runs for a little over a week, so expect big crowds and be sure to wrap up warm, as it will inevitably be very cold in December in Kobe.
Location: Higashi Yuenchi Park, near JR Motomachi Station.
Date: Dec. 8-17
2) Osaka Festival of Lights 2017
As a city that never passes up an opportunity for a good party, Osaka is also getting in on the festive spirit again this year, with the return of their highly popular Festival of Lights.
The Festival incorporates a variety of events all across the city such as street performances, illuminated boat cruises and other things. However, the main focus of this year’s …continue reading
Japanese Art And The World
Art Exhibition: Hokusai and Japonisme
One of the most renowned Japanese artists of all times, Katsushika Hokusai is known for his major influence in art history, in and out of Japan. The exhibition examines how Hokusai contributed to the development of modern Western art. On display are 220 works of Western art, 40 color woodblock prints, and 70 woodblock-printed books.
Iga Ueno Ninja Festa
If you’ve ever wondered what’s it like to experience the life of a ninja, this is your event. This unique event gives you the chance to learn the secret acts of ninjas and show off your inner spy spirit! On Saturday and Sunday the famous ninja group in Japan, the Ashura, will be putting on a spectacle that impressed Obama and the world during the 2016 Iseshima Summit — don’t miss out!
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