Yokohama’s Smart Illumination


I like Yokohama. Every time I go, I wonder why I don’t go more often, not least because they always seem to have some fun, community oriented event going on. This weekend, the hubby and I went to Tsurumi to visit a temple and decided to swing by Yokohama for dinner on the way home. And lucky we did, because they were having a great, whimsical light-up event that was half art instillation, half holiday illumination, with individual exhibits spread all around town. In the interest of conserving power in the post-Fukushima world, all of the exhibits were made using candles or LED lights. Here’s a little of what we saw:

These cute lanterns lit the paths in the park around Yokohama Stadium

A shooting star!

This glowing LED wall wound around the entrance to Yamashita Park

This fun exhibit was without a doubt the most popular. Pushing on the balloons would cause them to light up, with different colors for different directions. As you can imagine, kids were going wild!

Strange fruit apparently decorated by kids earlier in the day

From a performance put on by the British Council where runners dressed in flashing LED lights ran around. Not sure what it was supposed to mean, but it was fun to look at.

This one was powered by the frenetic efforts of the public on several attached stationary bikes.

A lovely view across the harbor with these weird bubbles floating around.

All in all, a beautiful night!


3 responses to “Yokohama’s Smart Illumination

  1. Beautiful! Thank you for introducing our country. I love your blog because I can learn unique view about Japan even I am Japanese. Looking forward to reading more.

  2. I am from Yokohama so I totally agree with you. As you know, Yokohama ıs the one of the first and biggest port opened for foreigners 150 years ago. The city was changed dramatically by many gaijin hired by government, ambassaders and traders as they prefer. That is why, even now there are many beautiful building and atmosphere. I love there too!!!

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