During the winter months Japan is brimming with LED Illuminations, a growing trend in recent years. One such illumination that has particularly caught our attention is the Tunnel of Light, part of the larger Nabana no Sato Winter Light Festival.
Running from mid-November to mid-March annually, the Winter Light Festival encompasses the Nabana no Sato Botanical Garden, on the island of Nagashima, to create a themed light show. The theme changes every year and has inlcuded "Mt. Fuji at Dawn" and "Flowers in Winter".
The park uses over 7 million LED lights in the full display, charged by solar panels to reduce the environmental impact; around 1 million LEDs are used in the 200 metre long Tunnel of Light. The Tunnel is considered the highlight of the event by many visitors, the Winter Light Festival is incredibly popular in Japan and is successful in encouraging visitors to the garden in winter.
Inspired by the Nabana no Sato tunnels, Norwich offered the UK it's first immersive Tunnel of Light over the 2016 Christmas period with a 45 metre long, 4 metre high and 6 metre wide tunnel made from over 50,000 LEDs. The theme of the Norwich Tunnel of Light was the Aurora Borealis, the Tunnel was well received locally and increased tourism within the area.
Perhaps, following the success in Norwich, we will begin to see such events in the UK?
N.B. Marl have no association with either Nabana no Sato Winter Light Festival or the Tunnel of Light in Norwich