We love…Winter Illuminations in Japan

Christmas has come early for the residents of Kuwana, Japan. These breathtaking images capture the annual winter illuminations currently taking place on the island of Nagashima, at the former Nabana no Sato Botanical Garden.

Known as the most impressive in Japan, the display comprises million of sparkling LED lights, each illuminating the surrounding grounds and gardens.

Under this year’s “nature” theme, tunnels have been adorned in floral-decorated bulbs, which give the sense that visitors are passing under multi-color auroras and rainbows. In addition, an impressive sculpture replicating Mt. Fuji on Honshu Island at sunrise takes inspiration from the diverse and natural landscapes of Japan.

Lately, we’ve been rather enamored by projects emulating the earth’s elements and natural wonders, such as Rain Room at the Barbican in London, which invites visitors to control and experience rainfall without getting wet and Symphony in D Minor at the Skybox Gallery in Philadelphia, which simulates a thunderstorm through sound and video.

The Nabana no Sato display runs through March 31, 2013. – Samantha Fox

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