Night illumination in Japan (Part 2)
Say goodbye to magnificent Amsterdam city and stunning firework night in Huis Ten Bosch, I took a JR train to Balloon Saga station.
Since 1978, a huge number of Japanese people always come here in early November to celebrate annual Saga International Balloon Fiesta. It is considered to be one of the biggest festivals in Asia which attracts 115 hot air balloons and the great participation of qualified pilots from many nations. The most special thing is you have to pay nothing to experience interesting activities, except your own transportation fee.
The competition between giant hot air balloons
This competition was taken in the late afternoon. All skilled pilots control giant balloons floating in midair. From the ground, all the balloons looked like colorful water drops in the blueish sky. At that time, all Japanese family brought picnic sheets or thin blankets along with food to have good time together. They enjoyed the meals, talked to each other and together cheered up for all the pilots taking part in the competition in the air. I was extraordinarily excited to witness the hot air balloons in such close distance. Additionally, audience interaction with the pilots was another special highlight of the event. Some pilots dropped the ribbon from above to celebrate the joy of victory while the others controlled the balloons to get closer to the ground to shake everybody's hand. Such an indescribably animated scene!
Night mooring of magically glowing balloons
Illuminating balloon at night was possibly the most expected event during the festival. When the sky dusked and the shadow got long at around 6 pm, dozens of balloons were placed on the grass. Every hot air balloons needed 7 to 8 people to stretch it out and fill the air in. Additionally, depending on its structure and design, the "sailing time" for each hot balloon varied from 15 to 30 minutes. Just observing how diligent they were, suddenly I felt so appreciated for all the amazing things I was going to admire. The dark came and the vibrant and cheerful music was turned on. MC shouted in a very loud voice: "Burners, on!". And mostly at the same time, all the "flying boat" moored on the Kase riverside (Kasegawa) were stunningly shining. Lovely balloons in the shape of Yakult, owl, octopus or even light bulb were lighting up all the area. They looked like the floating boats carried sparkling candle in the dark. I was amazed by the glitter of its beauty. It was so poetry, romantic but simple and peaceful!
The night is still bright in Japan
Within only 48 hours, I was so lucky to discover fabulous nights in Japan. An amazing and magnificent firework nights in Huis Ten Bosch or a cozy and magical night of shining balloons in Saga. We can see that when this Rising sun country is absent of the sun, there are so many other shimmering nights which bring emotional feelings to the people. For me, those experience is so priceless since it makes me treasure and love my own life more. It also awoke a mission in me to explore all the inner beauty in Japan and all over the world.
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