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Photo Post: Rikugien, Autumn “Light Up” Event

During autumn, some parks in the Tokyo area put on a special display to highlight the changing colors of this season.  The beautiful reds, greens, oranges, and browns of fall are gorgeous.  Rikugien, one such park near Komagome station, is a Japanese style garden currently featuring a “light up” event.  While the park usually closes at around 4 or 5 PM, during this event, however, the park reopens at night to display the colors of autumn in interesting ways.

Unfortunately, it was difficult to get clear photos without using flash, so some of these pictures are best viewed small.  Regardless, I hope you enjoy – it was an ethereal, stunning evening walk.

This was a bizarre section of the park.  Blue lights pointed at the ground and a mist covered the area every couple minutes while new age instrumental music played.  Lots of couples here going “WAAAAAA!”

Even the faces of people were dimmed and difficult to see – the paths were lit with little more than candlelight-strength lanterns.

I can’t say enough how beautiful the park is – both in the day as well as this night time event.  The park has photos of the area throughout the year – it’s amazing to see the way it changes throughout the seasons.  I’m looking forward to seeing it in all its incarnations!

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