It used to be that you would have to travel into Tokyo to get some night light action, but nowadays even the smallest of prefectures have some winter illumination for all to enjoy. The displays run for up to 4 months and are really quite spectacular. It has been a great way to encourage people to get out and about even during the coldest months. It also lifts people’s spirits and instils a little bit of light, warmth and magic throughout the dark cold months.
In Saitama where we live, we are spoilt for choice this year. I have already featured some of the winter illumination currently running. This week I will show some of the other ones scheduled to start, such as this one in Cocoon City. Cocoon City is unsual too, in that they have a switch on event, which is one thing that is lacking in some of the winter illumination in other parts of Saitama. This year Cocoon City’s illumination is scheduled to be switched on by the popular actor and model Mokomichi Hayami (pictured below), on November 7th at 5pm. The 3,000,000 lights turn on will be conducted in Cocoon 2 at the Cocoon Hiroba. The illumination will then run daily from 5pm to 11pm until February 14th.
Katakura have used imaging to show how the “Let’s celebrate Cocoon City” Illumination will look like this year.
I hope to make it around all the winter illumination in Saitama this year. I have already spent a magical night in Shinrin Park with the kids. More on that later this week. Do you have winter / night illumination in your part of the world? Please do share in the comments.