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Sapporo Alight: White Illumination


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BGM: Shiroi Koibitotachi by Keisuke Kuwata


Sapporo City to me is like the chipper girlfriend who always finds a way to cheer you up when you're down from missing your significant other, the kind who takes you to a wonderful cafe with incredible cake and encourages you to order a second slice- even when you know you really shouldn't.

Okay, so I'm describing many of my awesome dorm mates, one in particular from China who would always snap me out of melancholy with her cheerful smile and incredible singing voice. She was the first to tell me that Odori Park was finally alight with thousands of colorful lights, and we just had to make sure they were as beautiful as the guidebooks said.


From November 25th through Christmas Day, the entire length of Odori Park and much of Susukino Alley is bejeweled with twinkling, sparkling sculptures of light, a few in the shape of flowers associated with Hokkaido, like the suzuran (lily of the valley) and lilac. The trees lining both sides of the park are up-lit with huge green and blue ground lights, giving an eerie feeling of mystery to the park. Some of the sculptures are solar-powered, making the spectacle even more impressive.


We took the elevator to the Sapporo Tower viewing platform to see the sights from 90 meters up. Lots of kids mucked up the glass with their frosty little paws so it was tough to get a clean shot.


Although we really appreciated Sapporo's way of ringing in the Christmas season, we could never quite figure out why this event was called "White Illumination," when over half of the lights were any color but. (If any of you know the answer to this perplexing question, please leave a comment).

Posted by GenkiLee 09:10 Archived in Japan Tagged sapporo christmas_lights odori_park white_illumination

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