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The Illumillion display at Sagami Lake Resort Pleasure Forest in Kanagawa Prefecture is lit up by 5.5 million LED lights. It runs until April 10, 2016.

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Beautiful display, and from what I've read LEDs don't consume that much electricity. And as a night-sky lover, I head for the beaches, or countryside, far away from the glow of civilization, wherever it is.

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What are you defining as 'many stars'? On clear nights, it's not hard to see constellations such as Orion's Belt, The Big Dipper, Gemini, etc., even from withing the 23 wards, it just depends on how intense the lights on the ground are.

For instance, I was walking through the Marunouchi/Yurakucho last weekend and could clearly see the Venus/Mars/Jupiter alignment as well some more distant constellations. Why? Because it was like 4am and though they were many tall buildings around, they all had their lights off.

You definitely need to get out of the big city to see stuff in detail, but it's nowhere near impossible to see the stars from Tokyo.

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Gorgeous. Hey, I love looking at the stars. You can also look at these.

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Sagami Lake Resort Pleasure Forest

Must be over 18 to enter.

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why don't they do this, ... shut all these lights, make the area as dark as possible. make an open space where >people can sit on the ground and enjoy the beauty of the stars above, rather than being fooled by these energy >consuming artificial illuminations.

They are using LEDs. So they are not consuming too much electricity.

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Kobe started this way back in the 90s. Glad to see it's gone more eco-friendly!

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I like good illumination but kind of overkill imo.

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why don't they do this, ... shut all these lights, make the area as dark as possible. make an open space where people can sit on the ground and enjoy the beauty of the stars above

Because there is so much light pollution in Japan that even if they turned off all the lights, you still can't see many stars at all. You need to get way out in the countryside before you can start to see many stars here.

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What are you defining as 'many stars'?

A whole lot more stars than can be seen from anywhere in Tokyo.

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Looks lovely!

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Looks cyber futuristic. Feels like one has entered the world of Tron and the Matrix.

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Every year, JT posts a pic of a nice illumination somewhere around Japan, and every year, at least one grouchy person complains about the waste of energy, and and least one other grouchy person complains that the lights aren't red and green, the "real" colors of Christmas (in the U.S., at least).

Much like KFC created a Christmas tradition in Japan, JT has created one with the annual illumination photo. It gets me "in the spirit" every year.

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"Pleasure Forest"? Details?

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strangerland

Because there is so much light pollution in Japan + You need to get way out in the countryside before you can start to see many stars here +

" Sagami Lake Resort Pleasure Forest in Kanagawa " is in the countryside and Ive been there before...

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strangerland

And?

You are saying that there is too much light pollution in Japan, so stars won't be seen anyway even if all lights are switched off and you have to go to countryside to see them.... well Sagami Lake Forest in Kanagawa is a countryside. so stars could be seen if these illuminations are off. so I don't know the point of your objection above.

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strangerland

re-posting

Because there is so much light pollution in Japan that even if they turned off all the lights, you still can't see many stars at all. You need to get way out in the countryside before you can start to see many stars here.

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Strangerland

okay Ill use your post.

Because there is so much light pollution in Japan that even if they turned off all the lights, you still can't see many stars at all. You need to get way out in the countryside before you can start to see many stars here.

You are suggesting that you need to go to country side to start seeing the stars, well the location where these illumination photo above was taken is located in a country side, so your point and objection is pointless. just admit it, you messed this one up... ;-)

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strangerland

So, you make this confusing so you can get away with it? don't you?

Sagamiko is barely into the mountains west of Kanto, and is not nearly far enough to escape the light pollution of the city.

I've been to Sagamiko soooo many times bro,I live not that far from Sagamiko , I live around that area (around Hachioji and Takao san area)... I can even see the stars at the big park in my neighborhood where I jog everynight.

you have not been way out in the countryside in Japan

I have travelled to Yamagata, Akita, Nagano, Miyagi, Mie, Iwate, Fukushima, Aomori, Niigata, Hokkaido, Gunma, Kita Kyushu,Yamanashi and lived in Shizuoka, Kanagawa and Kumamoto. I don't know ... maybe they're still not rural enough for you?

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I've been to Sagamiko soooo many times bro,I live not that far from Sagamiko , I live around that area (around Hachioji and Takao san area)... I can even see the stars at the big park in my neighborhood where I jog everynight.

And once again, I didn't say you cannot see stars. As I said:

What I said: even if they turned off all the lights, you still can't see many stars at all.

If you've been as far out in the countryside as you say, you would know that you can see a lot more stars outside of the cities, and particularly outside of kanto, than you can when you are anywhere near Tokyo, so I'm not sure what you are arguing about.

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Strangerland

If you've been as far out in the countryside as you say, you would know that you can see a lot more stars outside of the cities, and particularly outside of kanto,

Well I can see A LOT of stars from that park where I jog everynight,( I wish i can post a pictures here), get out of your apartment try to walk/jog around every night, rather than trusting your "smart" assumptions too much.

so I'm not sure what you are arguing about.

simple, that you are just assuming things without actualy experiencing or knowing the reality. Like what I've said above it's you and your "smart assumptions"

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Well I can see A LOT of stars from that park

Pretty subjective isn't it.

Maybe you grew up in a city or something. I've seen a lot of stars in the sky in other countries, and near kanto, you cannot see anything like that.

you are just assuming things without actualy experiencing or knowing the reality.

Except that I do know the reality, and I'm speaking form experience.

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Lovely!...and there are other places to see the stars/planets if you get out of central Tokyo.

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Sagami Lake Forest is not even close to Tokyo. In fact, it's an hour outside of the city and out in the country. You can enjoy both the stars and the illumination lights there.

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Yeah, now compare that to what you said I said. Not the same thing are they.

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Sigh, I guess I have to lay out for you.

What I said: even if they turned off all the lights, you still can't see many stars at all.

What you said I said: stars won't be seen anyway even if all lights are switched off

The difference: I said not many can be seen. You said I said they can't be seen at all.

What I said: You need to get way out in the countryside

What you said: the location where these illumination photo above was taken is located in a country side

The difference: If you really think that Sagamiko is way out in the countryside, you have not been way out in the countryside in Japan. Sagamiko is barely into the mountains west of Kanto, and is not nearly far enough to escape the light pollution of the city.

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People of Japan I envy you, here in NYC we don't have nothing just S#%$

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You are saying that there is too much light pollution in Japan, so stars won't be seen anyway even if all lights are switched off

No, that's not what I said.

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" Sagami Lake Resort Pleasure Forest in Kanagawa " is in the countryside and Ive been there before...

And?

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why don't they do this, ... shut all these lights, make the area as dark as possible. make an open space where people can sit on the ground and enjoy the beauty of the stars above, rather than being fooled by these energy consuming artificial illuminations.

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