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Tuesday, 24th December 2013
In Events In Japan,

Otaru Canal lights up

Visitors to Hokkaido, Japan's largest northern island, would have been entranced on Saturday (December 21st ) as the Otaru Canal became the site of an annual light festival that saw its surface transformed to resemble the night sky.

Local residents released the bulbs in the evening, with around 5,000 LEDs released onto the water, each one solar-powered with rechargeable batteries and measuring 8.5 centimetres in diameter.

It is well worth a visit to the Otaru Canal to see the light festival, although those who miss out will find it a fascinating place to wander as the old warehouses that line its banks have been converted into museums, restaurants and shops.

The port city of Otaru looks its best during the Snow Light Path Festival, which occurs every year in February and sees the metropolis decked out in glittering gas lamps and small snow statues for ten days.

Written by Mark Smith