The Festival of Lights in Osaka is taking place again this year from this Sunday.
This nighttime illumination spectacle is an annual event in Osaka, and showcases the exuberant love of brightness and glamor that Osaka is known for.
The theme this year is "Hikari no Myuujiamu" (i.e., "Museum of Light") which, in spite of its name, has nothing archivally stuffy about it, and is outdoors.
The Festival of Lights in Osaka consists of two main spectacles:
The Osaka Hikari no Runesansu ("Light Renaissance") 2015. This event is all about water and light, and is subtitled the "Art Festival of Light on the Water". It extends from the area around the Osaka Municipal Hall to Nakanoshima Park, and covers six stations: Yodoyabashi, Kitahama, Temmabashi, Ooebashi, Naniwabashi, and Kitashinchi.
Light Renaissance 2015 takes place over a two-week period, from December 12 to 25, 2015, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. every evening.
There is a special "preview" lighting period that takes place from this Sunday, November 29, until December 11, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
There is also a special "closing" display between Saturday December 26, 2015, and January 17, 2016, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The Midosuji Illumination 2015 is the other spectacle that forms part of the Festival of Lights in Osaka 2015.
Midosuji Illumination 2015 happens on Osaka's big main Midosuji Avenue, from the Hanshin Intersection all the way to Namba Nishiguchi Intersection, covering the following 12 stations: Osaka, Kitashinchi and Namba (all on JR lines), Umeda (subway, Hankyu and Hanshin), Nishi-umeda, Honmachi, Shinsaibashi (all subway), Yodoyabashi (subway and Keihan), Oebashi (Keihan), Osaka Namba (Kintetsu, Hanshin) and Nanba (subway, Nankai).
The dates are Sunday November 29 2015 to Sunday January 17 2016, from about 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
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