For five days in early November, you can spend an evening oohing and aahing over the nightly illuminations that transform Yokohama’s waterfront area. The yearly displays are created by artists both homegrown and international and began in 2011. The use of energy-saving technologies (like LED lighting) is a nod to the way of the future—hence “smart illumination”.
Some installations are interactive, and workshops are being offered as well if you’re looking for a more hands-on experience.
And while you’re in the area, check out the Yokohama art scene. See our guide here.
Approximately 3,500 fireworks will be launched at Hachioji Shimin Kyujo Ballpark, Fujimori Park. While the show is quite a small one, you can expect a good variety of explosions. It’s a 15-minute walk from Nishi-Hachioji Station on the JR Chuo Line […]
Late July sees the annual Shinjuku Eisa Festival. Eisa is a traditional dance originating in the Okinawan islands. The traditional costumes, dancing and drumming are quite different to what you’re likely to see in other festivals in Japan. The organizers are only expecting […]
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