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Winter Illumination 2006
Christmas and Seasonal Illumination in Major Cities
- Osaka -
Winter illumination has spread quickly and widely across the country in the past decade. Today, all kinds of illumination can be seen everywhere in the city each with unique theme and original designs. Here, <Winter Illumination 2006> guides you to some of the most marvelous spectacles of light in Japan's most energetic and boisterous city this year.
Shin Umeda City | Osaka Hikari Renaissance 2006 | Hoop
Shin Umeda City
Top feature of the Christmas illumination at Shin Umeda City includes the 27-meter-tall, Umeda’s largest scale Christmas tree glittering gorgeously in about 100.000 LED lights in champagne gold. The annual German Christmas Market is opened this year too, filling the air with merry happy holiday mood.
[Dates] November 17th (Fri) – December 25th (Mon)
[Light-up Hours] 17:00 – 23:00 17:00 – 24:30 on December 22, 23, 24 17:00 – 24:00 on December 25
[Place] Shin Umeda City
1-1-88 Oyodonaka, Kita-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture
[Access] 10-min-walk from JR Osaka Station
[Website] http://www.skybldg.co.jp/
(Umeda Sky Building Official Website, JPN / ENG / KOR / CHI)
Osaka Hikari Renaissance 2006
Even though this year is only the 4th time for this event centering on river-surrounded Nakanoshima Park to show its brilliance, the marvel it creates has already become an indispensable part of winter in Osaka. With the water flowing around the area, the event features a number of “Harmony of Light and Water” such as the arch Nakanoshima Illumination Street and River Light Curtain.
[Dates] December 1st (Fri) – December 26th (Tue)
[Light-up Hours] 17:00 – 23:00
[Place] Nakanoshima area
Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture
[Access] Just outside of (1) exit of Yodoyabashi Station
[Website] http://www.hikari-renaissance.com/
(Osaka Hikari Renaissance 2006 Official Website, Japanese)
Last year’s most popular feature “Illumination Gates” are back this year with 11 more of them and 43 all together. Approximately 270,000 light bulbs shine as if sparkling with energy. There are also cute objets too like the snowman objet and other cute and romantic tricks.
[Dates] November 3rd (Fri) 2006 – February 14th (Wed) 2007
[Light-up Hours] 17:00 – 23:00
[Place] Hoop 1F Open Air Plaza
1-2-30 Abenosuji, Abeno-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture
[Access] Abenobashi Station: Kintetsu Line
[Website] http://www.pamnet.ne.jp/hoop/2006illumination/index.html
(Hoop Official Website Illumination Page, Japanese)


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