Osaka Hikari-Renaissance is an annual illumination event held in Nakanoshima, Osaka. This year, the event will be held from December 14th to 25th. The theme of the event changes annually.
In this photo story, I'd like to introduce the impressive illuminations I saw in 2012. Especially, the illuminated entrance wall of the neo-baroque Nakanoshima Library and the open space in front of it, which was transformed into a Noh stage for the occasion, were absolutely spectacular.
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I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.