After-dark events light up Japan's castles
the-japan-news.com -- Feb 16
When picturing famous Japanese castles, people often have in mind vivid cherry blossoms or clear-blue skies in the background. Recently, however, castles are becoming more attractive at night through efforts such as projection mapping technology.

Events to view images projected on castle keeps or other parts of famed castles are spreading around the nation. In 2016, Matsumae Castle in Hokkaido, Odawara Castle in Kanagawa Prefecture, Kokura Castle in Fukuoka Prefecture, Karatsu Castle in Saga Prefecture and some other castles were awash with brilliant colors.

Simple projection of images are not the limit as various attempts have been launched to create attractive events.

At Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Hyogo Prefecture, an event named "Night Adventure KIRAMEKI" was held from Dec. 2 to 11. "Kirameki" means "glittering."

The castle held a similar projection mapping event in 2015 at its main keep, but there was confusion at the event as the viewing area became overcrowded partly because admission was free.

Reflecting on that experience, the organizers refrained from conducting the projection mapping at the main keep during the event last year. Instead, the projection mapping was given at several places at the castle so visitors could stroll the castle grounds to see the images.

News source: the-japan-news.com
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