Japanese people are really excellent when it comes to the illuminations. Everything is conscientiously decorated, cities are full of lights, colors and the shops BMG are Christmas songs! Fukuoka is not an exception. A lot of places were filled with tons of laughs, but, as every year, it is the front of Hakata station which was the most magic.
Exceptionally renamed, this"city of lights" (光も街, hikari no machi) is decorated with more than 700 000 LED. This year, thema is "otoiro" (響彩) which means"echo". People in charge hopes that, as echo does, happiness will spread in the heart of people who come to see the illuminations.
It is pretty a success because the front of the station is crowded every night. There are hundred of curious taking pictures, even late in the evening, even on weekdays.
As for me, as soon as I arrive near the station and see the lights, my smile and my eyes are full of stars. I have the sensation to enter a fairy tale. It is just magic and, as every year, I fear the day when everything will be removed. But this day is not coming yet, so let's enjoy!
To finish, Fukuoka Tower, which was turned into a giant Christmas tree and the Kego park near Nishitetesu Fukuoka (Tenjin) station.
If everything is taken off on the 26th in the morning, Tenjin and Hakata illuminations are up until January 13th and shine every night from 5PM to midnight.
Have nice holidays.