VIDEO| Enjoy a vibrant season at Arts Towada Winter Illumination near Misawa AB

Photos by Yoshihito Morita
Photos by Yoshihito Morita

VIDEO| Enjoy a vibrant season at Arts Towada Winter Illumination near Misawa AB

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

Editor’s Note: Please use this article for planning purposes when travel reopens for us in the Pacific. Always follow the guidelines set by your base command. And when you travel, please practice preventative measures at all times including wearing a facemask, social distancing and washing/sanitizing your hands often. 

In the snowy regions like Misawa, after the initial wonders of winter, the snowy landscape soon turns to a monotonous view of grays, whites and bare trees.

But don’t fret, the cold, completely transparent air during this time makes for the perfect setting to enjoy colorful illumination displays around the region!

While Misawa and other cities in Aomori Prefecture have been experiencing ceaselessly snowfalls, a fantastic illumination event made up of pure white snow, blue LEDs and various modern art are currently attracting visitors to the Towada Art Center nearby Misawa Air Base.

At the Art Square, visitors are treated to an impressive display of about 300,000 blue-hued LEDs illuminating artworks, such as the “Ghost & Unknown Mass” by inges idee, “Fat House & Fat Car” by Erwin Wurm and “Love Forever, Singing in Towada” by Yayoi Kusama.

The display makes the winter season dreamy and worthwhile for many in the area who look forward to this every year.

“The blue illumination carpet beyond piling snows just reminded me of the blue ocean and white waves,” says Yoshihito Morita of Misawa Commissary who recently visited the illumination event. “It was a fantastic view, indeed!”

You can enjoy the fantastic illumination until February 14 for free of charge.

Besides this illumination project by Towada City, another illumination project “FeStA LuCe 2021-2022 - The story of Winter in Light” is ongoing until Feb. 20 in the same city.


Arts Towada Winter Illumination 2021

Location: 3 Sambancho (Towada Art Center), Towada City, Aomori Prefecture

Period: Now – Feb. 14

Hours: 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Admission: Free

URL (Facebook)

Tel: 0176-51-6773 (Towada City Chamber of Commerce and Industries)


FeStA LuCe 2021-2022 - The story of Winter in Light

Period: Now – Feb. 20


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