Illuminations in Yamaguchi
You might have seen a few Christmas lights here and there throughout your town and your neighbor’s yard. In Japan, Christmas lights are called “illuminations” and although not many come in Christmas motifs, the lights may be stringed together to create a picture. Unlike Western countries, illuminations seem to have more of a seasonal touch than religious (For example: using more blue than red or green lights). Here is a list of a few of the various places in the prefecture that display these illuminations:
● Park Road (Yamaguchi City； until December 31st) – One of the most scenic roads of Japan is lit up with beautiful lights and an illuminations display of Yamaguchi’s very own Xavier Church.
● Tokiwa Fantasia (Ube City； until January 9th) – Tokiwa Park will be decorated throughout with lights and will have a plastic bottle tree on display.
● Hagi Illumine-Festa 2011 (Hagi City； until January 6th) – Illuminations around Hagi Station, which has a Western, retro feel to it.
● Tower Christmas 2011 (Shimonoseki City； until December 25th) – The Kaikyo Yume Tower will be decorated with lights inside.
● Shunan Winter Tree Festival 2011 (Shunan City； until December 25th) – Illuminations using LED lights based on a theme called “Light of Hope” will be held at Tokuyama Station and throughout Shunan City until Christmas.