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Kobe Illuminage

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Kobe Municipal Fruit & Flower Park is lit up with more than 5 million LED lights. The display, which runs from 5 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. each night, continues until Jan 31. Kobe Illuminage, marking its 10th year, was created after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in 2011 to encourage the victims of the devastation and to send a “light” of hope from Kobe. As in previous years, the popular maze features light-up animals (below). Admission to the park is 1,500 yen for adults and 800 yen for children aged 3 to elementary school.

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How tacky.

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Kobe LUMINARIE is held since 1995 in order to remember the disaster that striked the city......

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We visited the Luminaire every year for 15 years. WE never visited the Illuminage.

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There's no charge for the Luminarie. Cancelled for this year, 2020.

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If you like shuffling along in the cold with a bunch of people who aren’t even looking at the lights, then yeah, it’s great

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This is out by Sanda well north of central Kobe.

One consequence of 3/11 is that most of Japan's nuclear power plants have shut down and this has made night-time electricity much more expensive than it was when the plants were running. My provider has gone up nearly 50% (11 to 16 yen a unit). Now we don't have NPPs pumping out unneeded night-time electricity, perhaps we should not waste the electricity we do have on illuminations.

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Just like Blackpool!

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Quick calculation shows 5 million LED run at approx the same power as 160 bulbs of 100 watts each. Not bad for an entertainment for quite a few people on dreary nights during a pandemic.

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Just like Blackpool!

Except the lights of Blackpool are currently off because of the Covid-19.

The on site power for this and the Luminaire are from portable generators.

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