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World heritage site Nijo Castle in Kyoto lights up in Ukrainian flag colors

By grape Japan

In response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Kyoto, a sister city of Kyiv, lit up the World Heritage site of 二条城 Nijoō Castle in the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag on the evening of March 4.

The lights will be turned on from sunset to 10 p.m. until March 15, as an expression of solidarity with Ukraine and to wish for peace.

Built in 1603, Nijo is the former Kyoto residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo Period. As one of the best surviving examples of feudal-era Japan castle palace architecture, it was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

For more information, visit their official English website here.

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Tokyo-mToday  09:28 am JST

Lights are fine, but what are they actually doing? Donating to humanitarian relief funds? I hope so. Otherwise it's just crass advertising.

You don't know how to use google?

" Residents in Japan have donated around ¥2 billion ($17 million) to a relief fund for Ukraine following Russia's invasion of the country, ."


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That's very nice and thankyou Kyoto- but however can you see the irony here.

A Edo period feudal era castle with the Ukraine flag projected on it.

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But if not, then yes, it is just crass advertising.

Just because something generates attention doesn't make it "crass advertising" - Nijo castle is owned by the Kyoto city government, its not a private enterprise and it doesn't really need to advertise itself. Its just so cynical and frankly stupid to be condemning the city like this for what amounts to just a modest attempt to show support for Ukraine.

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Because that's going to do something to stop the invasion.

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If all the castle does is put on a blue and yellow light show, what good is that?

If people looking at the castle wonder why it's lit up in blue and yellow, their awareness will be raised and they might be moved to make a donation. And the managers of the castle are making their own sympathies known.

Isn't that enough?

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Tokyo-mToday  10:34 am JST

You don't know how to use google?

" Residents in Japan have donated around ¥2 billion ($17 million) to a relief fund for Ukraine following Russia's invasion of the country, ."

I'm not talking about "residents in Japan", I'm talking about Nijoō Castle. If all the castle does is put on a blue and yellow light show, what good is that? If, however, the castle is donating to Ukraine and the lights are part of its efforts, brilliant.

But if not, then yes, it is just crass advertising.

Stationary structural objects can not "make donations".

The Eiffel Tower, Empire State Building, Brandenberg Gate, Colosseum, London Eye all did not make donations. These light-ups are to draw attention to the issue and cause which increases awareness and results in donations, Honestly, do you need this to be explained to you?

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Nijo-jo is a wonderful place to visit. Very historical and interesting. I’ve heard that they may close it to the public in the future, like Mount Vernon in Virginia, due to age, being made of wood and historical significance.

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How many Ukrainians are Japan accepting?

Light shows are fine but…

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Nice on the part of Nijo castle.

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Ukraine’s wish for peace.

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