Tuesday, November 15, 2005


Takarazuka Light Festival

yume - dream - tea candles It's rather annoying, but since we moved away from Takarazuka this Spring (our new location is just on the wrong side of a road defining the city limits!), there's been so many special events that we feel quite slighted that they waited until we'd gone before improving the environs!

This weekend was a Festival of Light and Water, which consisted mainly of a large display of tea candles arranged along the banks of the Mukogawa (river), and an LED thing in the middle of river, placed on an island of rocks that was formed just last year after an exceptionally heavy rainfall deposited by Typhoon Number 19 (Japan doesn't use the international typhoon names when reporting weather locally). The thing resembled some sort of luminous jellyfish, slowely pusling through various colours, with spots of light inside the skin suggesting brain synapses firing.

Of course, the artist probably has some completely different image in mind when creating it, but that's what it looked like to me anyway.

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