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Cailey Rizzo
January 03, 2018

Winter may be the darkest season, but every year Japan’s Nagashima Resort glows with millions of LED lights.

Nabana No Sato, the resort’s flower garden, hosts one of Japan’s largest light festivals every winter, drawing an estimated 2 million visitors each year.

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Organizers festoon the park with seemingly endless lights, including illuminated fields of flowers, an animated show, and large tunnels of lights which visitors can walk through.

The festival uses more than 8 million LED lights to depict intricate scenes from nature. In the past, the light show has recreated Mt. Fuji, the Swiss Alps, and the Aurora Borealis. But this year, festival organizers have themed the show around Kumamoto, a city in Japan that was struck by a series of earthquakes in 2016.

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“These earthquakes have destroyed most of the significant sightseeing areas, including Kumamoto Castle, which is under reconstruction right now,” Yasuyo Otani, a spokesperson for the Nagashima Resort, told CNN. “This year's illumination theme was decided with a strong desire to cooperate with Kumamoto's reconstruction through promoting Kumamoto by illumination.”

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Through winter and the beginning of spring, the light installation will change as flowers begin to bloom.

The event takes place at the Nagashima Resort in Kuwana City, about 30 minutes outside of Nagoya (accessible by train or bus).

The festival will remain illuminated through May 6, 2018.

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