Kaparu Illumination Shiki

The Shiki Illumination will get switched on for the 2022 / 23 season on Friday December 2nd 2022. Last year they used 25600 lights and while they haven’t given the figure for this year (yet), they have said they will be using more than last year.

The featured image was taken from Jiji Press in 2021.

Shiki City Kaparu Illumination

Although relatively small, the Kaparu illumination is popular because they run a photo contest in conjunction with the light up. In addition, it is one of the few light up locations that livestreams its opening ceremony. They stream it on the Shiki City Youtube channel. The switch on ceremony is also popular because the city mascot excitedly turns on the lights! The city mascot, Kaparu, is based on the mythical Kappa, a type of water goblin. He shot to national fame in 2018 after winning the Yuru-kyara Grand Prix!

The light up is in front of the east exit of Shiki station and along pedestrian deck. There are also 16 trees and 3 benches lit up in the area. Ironically, the actual address of Shiki Station is Niiza! It is close to the Rikkyo Niiza Junior and Senior High School, which also has some light up in December. They light up giant trees on campus until January 6th.

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Event: Shiki City Kaparu Illumination 志木市カパルのイルミネーション

Dates: Friday December 2nd to Wednesday February 15th 2023.

Time: from 4 pm to 11 pm, but on the opening night the event is from 4.45 pm with lights switched on at 5 pm.

Venue: Shiki Station


The Shiki Station is on the Tobu Tojo Line from Ikebukuro to Kawagoe / Shinrin Park. There are coin parking lots around the station.

This year, the illumination currently doesn’t have a web page, just a PDF file.


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