Night illumination in Japan (Part 1)
Japan of the last days of the year promises many special festivals and interesting things.
So, I didn't hesitate to take the JR train to Sasebo and Saga at the beginning of November. I didn’t expect to see the city of Amsterdam with sparkling and magnificent lights, a spectacular and brilliant fireworks night at Huis Ten Bosch and a magical hot air balloon festival night in Saga. I think these are the unique memories of the wonderful and bright nights of Japan.
The world is full of lights
The train left Beppu Station with a fast speed that took me to Huis Ten Bosch theme park. This park is located about twenty minutes away from downtown Sasebo. This is a place that was rebuild like an Amsterdam neighborhood with ancient rows of houses, magnificent towers or castles inspired by Dutch architecture. Besides the splendid beauty, the giant windmills placed on the field of purple and pink flowers create a very peaceful and poetic landscape of the country of Tulips. In addition, if you come to Huis Ten Bosch in the afternoon, you will see the sky changing from day to night. The burning sunbeams that are melting the orange-pink light into sky of the purple twilight. The sun is rolling up to a red ball slowly going down.
When the night gains the upper hand over the game the city of Amsterdam in Japan brightens and dress up with gorgeous lights. Along the calm canal is a whole waterfall of light flooding the deep blue water, strongly pouring a vast ocean colored streak down to the Art Garden. There are couples walking slowly hand in hand like angels roaming the sparkling galaxy. The red brick walls of the Domtoren tower grace the castle with a shimmering fairy light. Dreamy bridges, wooden houses and restaurants are all lighten up. This aura is reflected in the canal of the Amstel River and creates a space of magical beauty. These sceneries became a beautiful stage for the artist on the boats with colorful lights for playing piano, trumpets or singing Christmas songs. The city of Amsterdam in the heart of Japan is very vivid.
However, the brilliant fireworks I have seen yet are only one of the highlights for the time in this magical lit world. The night of fireworks called Super World Hanabi lasts for an hour and fifteen minutes and has a huge audience with up to fifteen thousand people. It’s true that people are willing to pay nearly four million Vietnamese Dong for a better place to watch the firework. The fascinating fireworks illustrating different topics of many countries such as Mexico, India, USA, Brazil, Africa, ... tempt more than thousands of people to immerse into music and glorious light.
Not only me, but also other viewers probably winced many times, my heart was pounding after hearing the very loud booming sound and that was enough to cause a shock. The fireworks ignited strongly and continuously, brighten up the night sky intensely. I had to lean forward, lower my head to an angle of ninety degrees to recover my eyes from all these colorful fireworks. At that time, my heart was bursting because of emotions. My friends and I felt extremely happy because we’ve seen the magnificent light for the first time. This night of fireworks isn’t only breathtaking, it also made me understand what a work of art fireworks are.
People are saying: "Travel broadens the mind" which is really true. I temporarily left my homeland to study in Japan. Here I have acquired important academic knowledge. But in addition, I was able to gather unique experiences that bring new things to my life. The magnificent Amsterdam city inspired by Europe with the splendid fireworks night lasts in my mind with the impression of a Japan that constantly creates unique aesthetic values. They consciously use their economic power to promote the art of development, to make people love their life and move toward all the good things. Then, a strong society will be created. Therefore, the economy is also sustainable.
The story of "The night is still bright in Japan" is still going on. What is waiting for us at the Saga hot air balloon festival? Please read the discovery later!
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