Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Tokyo Hotaru Festival 2012

"If Sumida River is filled with fireflies..."

Tokyo Hotaru Festival


P1390310-001

 Mention Asakusa and this famous landmark of Kaminarimon of Sensoji Temple will pop out.

That was the main idea behind the event; to create a scene that resembles hundreds of thousands of fireflies flying along Sumida River in Tokyo. They call this event, Tokyo Hotaru Festival 2012. 'Hotaru' by the way, refers to firefly in Japanese. However, there are no fireflies found naturally in Sumida River. Neither would it be possible to capture that huge amount of fireflies from elsewhere and release them at Sumida River. 

The creative Japanese had another idea - by using LED bulbs to replace the fireflies and lid up a section of the river.

P1390260-001
 Sumida River is beautifully lighten up with blue LED floating along the river.

I only found out about this event at the very last minute. In fact, it was running when I got a phone call from Kai Cung who told me to look out for the Tokyo Sky Tree as they were lighting up the tower that night. It is relatively near from my place to see the tower; I just need to take about a ten-minute walk and the tower will be visible to me. 

Kai Cung also told me to Google for Tokyo Hotaru in the Internet and that was what I did right immediately. Realised that the event is definitely something not to be missed, I took a quick shower, grabbed my camera and the rest of the gear and threw everything into my camera backpack, and took a short train ride to Asakusa (only fifteen minutes away from my place) to catch the magnificent show along Sumida River.

 P1390222-001

Tokyo Sky Tree on the right and Sumida River.

P1390243-001
 It certainly makes Sumida River looks like it is filled with hundreds of thousands of fireflies.

P1390190-001

 The two most famous landmark by Sumida River - Tokyo Sky Tree and Asahi Beer building.

The event was gonna end at nine and it was already half past eight when I arrived. I wasted no time and quickly got into action. Perhaps I could say it was a blessing in disguise that I arrived late, because I saw visitors had begun to leave the place and it was not as crowded as I expected. That is a good news because I had more chances to look for better angles for my photos.

Just a brief info about this event, Tokyo Hotaru Festival 2012 is part of the two-day festival that takes place in the Sumida River basin with the majestic Tokyo Sky Tree in the background. With the slogan "To bring the proud and beautiful Tokyo to the world", the event attempts to reincarnate the breathtaking Tokyo wrapped in water and green corridor, while enjoying the Sumida River area and its environment.

P1390273-001
 Closeup shot of the 'inori boshi'.

P1390278-001

 The LED are retrieved at the end of the event.

This event is also part of the current effort made to promote 'Sumida River Renaissance', a modern effort to reincarnate the hustle and bustle of the Sumida River in the Edo period.

For this purpose, an approximately 100,000 of solar-powered LED bulbs, called 'Inori boshi' (いのり星) are released into the river. It is indeed a grand light art installation, creating a breathtaking scene under the bright moonlight along Sumida River. At the same time, the Tokyo Sky Tree, due to be officially open to public later this month, was illuminated by fantastic white and blue LED lights throughout the festival.

The 'inori boshi' is a specially designed spherical LED around the size of a tennis ball, equipped with rechargeable battery, solar panel and LED. When it makes contact with water, it will light up automatically. As it uses solar panel as its electricity source, the electricity usage during the event is zero. The battery, solar panel and LED, by the way, are sponsored by Panasonic.

P1390291-001

  Floating LED before they are recollected. Their arrangement reminds of of the atomic structure in chemistry lesson.

I'm not sure if these LED are for sale, but I should have brought back one of them as a souvenir. Never mind, I guess I'll try to do that next year *evil grin*

2 comments:

Dara G said...

First time visiting your site and I really like it. Minimalistic design, and it's about Japan. I really wanted to learn more about that place. :) and hopefully someday I could travel around. :)

I like how the led lights really do seem to be real fireflies.♥ Relaxing to see them, even just through pictures. :^^

calvin said...

@ dara g:
hello there dara! thank you very much for your compliment. do pay a visit to japan if you have the chance to do it. i'm pretty sure you will love the place a lot!

yeah, i'm so looking forward to the same event again in one year's time (^.^;p

MORE ARCHIVED ENTRIES
June 10, 2015 - Katsuura Morning Market
April 18, 2015 - Top 10 Things To Do In Bangkok
March 06, 2015 - Mangrove Forest And Charcoal Factory Of Kuala Sepetang
March 04, 2015 - Welcoming The Goat Year
February 28, 2015 - Celebrating The Jade Emperor's Birthday a.k.a. Pai Thnee Kong
January 31, 2015 - A Long-Awaited Homecoming
January 28, 2015 - Japanese Spiny Lobster Bento Of Oonoso
January 25, 2015 - Maiwai - Traditional Craft Of Chiba Prefecture
September 30, 2014 - Chiba Prefectural Boso-no Mura
September 26, 2014 - Mouthwatering Unaju From Kanetaya

September 23, 2014 - Pear Picking In Kamagaya City

September 15, 2014 - Kiyose Sunflower Festival 2014

August 10, 2014 - Making Boso Peninsula's Futomaki Matsuri-Zushi

July 23, 2014 - Dashi Kaikan And The Great Float Festival Of Sawara

July 19, 2014 - Modern Japanese Cuisine At Chiyofuku

July 15, 2014 - Kato-zu's 12 Bridges Boat Ride

July 12, 2014 - Iftar With Marina Mahathir In Tokyo

July 05, 2014 - Suigo Sawara Aquatic Botanical Garden

June 07, 2014 - Chiba Kun Ambassadors For The Forth Time

April 17, 2014 - Twenty Seven Little Happiness For My 27th Birthday

March 31, 2014 - The Majestic Nojimazaki Lighthouse

March 02, 2014 -
Dinner & Dialogue Session With Anwar Ibrahim In Tokyo

February 24, 2014 - Malaysia Won Big At Chiba Kun Ambassador's Grammy Event
January 28, 2014 - Amazing Hot Spring Bath Of Inubousaki
January 24, 2014 - Fresh Sumptuous Seafood From Choshi
January 22, 2014 - Making Handkerchief With Choshi's Chijimi
January 18, 2014 - Aiberry From Tounosho-machi
January 04, 2014 - Welcoming 2014
For the rest of the entries, go to Archive.