Chichibu Colorful Night Walk 2024

The second ever Chichibu Winter Night Walk is confirmed for 2024. Last year, it was a ‘NAKED INC’ (as in the company!) night walk. This year they will have elements from NAKED INC, but the theme of this year’s night walk is ‘Dragon Tour’ as 2024 is the year of the dragon.

Chichibu Colorful Night Walk 2024

Chichibu Night Walk 2024 Dragon Tour

Last year “a new winter festival” was created in Chichibu, the festival district of Saitama Prefecture. It was run by NAKED Inc. This year the event is back, but while it features NAKED Inc lanterns, it is not run by the digital art company this year. Chichibu City are managing it and have extended the locations to include some of Chichibu City’s shrines that have dragon legends.

Chichibu city is one part of the Chichibu area. There is a saying in Saitama that the Chichibu area has a festival every day of the year. Moreover, there are actually approximately 400 festivals annually in Chichibu. However, some of them overlap on the same day, so there are actually days when there is no festival. But if you include even smaller festivals, or count the likes of the flower festivals that are on for many days in a row, the saying is quite true!

The 2nd ever Colorful Night Walk

The participating locations use projection mapping to create a festival atmosphere for this colorful Night Walk event. This year it will be on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from January 26th to February 25th 2024. Last year they based the illumination on the Chichibu Night Festival. As such, the Chichibu Festival Museum (Hall) was the main site of the event, but not this year. This year it is themed on the Year of the Dragon and showcases some of Chichibu’s dragon locations.

Chichibu Colorful Night Walk 2024
2024 Press photo

The main locations and main elements to the event in 2024:

  1. Chichibu Shrine – radiating lanterns are installed on the approach leading to the main hall of the shrine
  2. Imamiya Shrine – The light-up will center around the 1,000-year-old giant ‘dragon’ zelkova tree.
  3. Myoken no Mori – They will project a Japanese-style pattern onto the side of the Bambamachi warehouse.
  4. Banba street – Japanese-style patterns are projected around the Koike Cafe, formerly Koike Tobacco Store, as per the photo above.
  5. Higashicho street – depicting projected Illustrations created by Chichibu City Tourism Ambassador “Master Taihei Hayashiya”.
  6. Night Bar Festival – purchase a Night Bar ticket to access special prices and limited edition menus at approximately 50 participating bars around the area of the illumination
  7. NAKED Distance Lanterns – rent a colorful artistic lantern for 600 yen
  8. Simultaneously there is another illumination event on, Chichibu Illuminate, in the area:

Information

Event: Chichibu Colorful Night Walk – Shining in Winter Dragon tour 秩父夜街 彩さんぽ ~冬に華やぐ 龍めぐり~

Dates: from Friday January 26th to Sunday February 25th 2024 on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Public holidays. Sixteen days in total.

Hours: base hours from 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm

Cost: there is no admission fee, but if you want to rent a NAKED Lantern it costs 600 yen for the night.

Venues: The main station for the event is Chichibu Station. In addition, the principal sites are…

Official 2024 website.

Editor’s note: 20230201. In 2023, there were a couple of other elements to the event that are currently not mentioned in the press release for 2024. For example, NAKED Flower Fortunes at Chichibu Shrine or a projection mapping show at Chichibu Festival Museum. There was also a Chichibu Railway Night Illumination Train in 2023. As of the 19th of January 2024 none of these elements are mentioned for 2024.

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