Friday, December 16, 2016

Winter illuminations and reflections around JR Osaka Station

At this time of year when darkness falls so early in the less colorful part of the world,
I like to go out for winter illuminations. 
I strolled around JR Osaka Station feeling the warmth of the city’s hospitality.

(Old post: Night stroll at the Grand Front Osaka, 2013)

I am so thankful to electricity, light bulbs, and recent energy-saving LED lighting 
as I imagine how awfully dim the world was before electricity.

With so many serious problems arising as the civilization has come so far, 
people are concerned about the future world and generation
but these lighting made me feel hopeful that there must be brilliant creative minds
who will work enthusiastically to solve the daunting problems of the time in each era ahead.

Multi-storied passage ways connect the station and the South and North Buildings 
of the Grand Front Osaka Complex.

From the bridge passage-way connecting South and North Buildings.

A graceful, majestic Christmas tree changes its color from white to rose and blue
in the light reflected from the mirror-ball.

Now I moved to the Toki no Hiroba (Time & Space Plaza) of Osaka Station City.

Osaka Station City's landmark is a large glass roof that spans over the railway tracks.
Toki no Hiroba is right under the big glass roof.

Image via here

Multidimensional reflections are seen from the open space Toki no HIroba
overlooking the railway tracks.

The small Tsurun Tsurun Skate Rink is across from JR Osaka Station. 
The rink can operate in warm temperatures and consumes no electricity
because it is not made of ice but a type of plastic with wax coating 
which is 90% as slippery as ice. 

This post is my last one in 2016.
Many thanks for your kind comments, thoughts, inspiration, and encouragement
throughout the year.
See you in 2017!

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  1. Gorgeous lights, colours and reflections in your photos! :)

  2. Your photos are so crisp and clear, I like the shimmer of the lights and the water. Merry Christmas and see you in 2017.

  3. You are a poet of reflections, Yoko! Master of odes on reflections:)
    Gorgeos pictures made me feel a bit of festive mood in Osaka. It is great to see Japan with your eyes, Yoko. Thank you very-very much! Your generosity of spirit fills this blog making all your readers happier and willing to come back.
    Too soon for me for X-mas wishes, hope to write to you later.
    Take care, please!

  4. Wonderful photos of great places, thanks for sharing.
    Greetings from Germany

  5. 待っていましたヨ。金曜日。大阪駅はこのようになっているのですね!色々なことがあった1年、いいニュースばかりではありませんでしたけど、年の瀬に町を照らすイルミネーションは人々を幸せな気分にしてくれます。広角で光を十分撮りこんでうまく撮影されましたね。今年最後にふさわしい素晴らしい出来栄えでは??私も休暇に入ります。良いお年をお迎えください。今年も有難うございました(#^.^#)!(#^.^#)!又ね。

  6. Perfect to enjoy the night and celebrate the coming season !!!
    Have a lovely weekend !

  7. I love these colorful and imaginative Christmas lighting. Joy to watch. May 2017 years will be happy for you. Regards.

  8. It's all so beautiful! I really like all the lights and the movement going on in the big city. One day I shall visit Japan, it looks so wonderful! Your photographs make me very happy.
    I am sending my very best wishes to you and your family for a happy and healthy and trouble-free 2017. fenella

  9. I would miss the beautiful magic your photos show and that electricity brings, especially in the winter. Occasionally when we have windstorms, the lights go out and so do all the many, many aspects of everyday life. No computers, toasters or coffee percolators to start the day. Darkness would cover the world early like a blanket in winter with only lit candles to bring sparkle to the night. But although life would be entirely different without electricity, I would still be wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas, stardust, and a very Happy New Year!

  10. Beautiful post to fire the year, Yoko. Nice lights
    I also wish you all the good things for 2017

  11. Yes how would the world look when there was no electricity. A whole new year to come. But I have to tell you I am also worried what is going on in the world. But we stay positive don't we. It seems like people can't communicate with eachother on a normallevel anymore. Lets pray for peace in the world.
    Wonderful christmas and most important all the best wishes for a great health in 2017.

  12. What a lovely post, Yoko! A big station with a practical purpose can provide so many atmospheric and beautiful photographs. I am impressed that it is so beautifully decorated. Like you, I love illuminations in the winter, when the nights are dark and long. When the lighting is done with care, it can lift the spirits and intrigue the eye. Have a happy Christmas and new Year!

  13. This Osaka station and the Osaka complex are quite incredible and stunningly beautiful. Your photos, as usual, are superb and a joy to behold and make me want to fly over there just to walk around as you did. But the first photo takes the prize as it is truly a work of art! Great post Yoko and I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season!

  14. Happy holidays and New Year 2017 to you Yoko - I know exactly how you feel about the problems in out world currently and especially too I have concerned for our young people.
    I suspect thought that this has always been the case - when I was young there was the Cuban crisis, and JFK was shot, so I suspect that my parents had fears for the younger generation then too.
    The lights we have today are so wonderful - I love LED lights they are so bright, colourful and low in energy - somethings do improve.

  15. beautiful! All the best for you and your family in the coming year 2017!

  16. Awesome photos. Happy New Year to you and your family Yoko :)

  17. ola, Yoko lindas as imagens.
    Aproveito para te desejar um belo natal
    e uma boa entrada de ano.

  18. I LOVE the reflections off of the water's surface...WOW

    Have a Merry Christmas :)

  19. What beautiful reflections and lights! Very festive indeed. Wishing you and yours peace and joy this Christmas and New Year.

  20. Hello Dear Yoko!
    Beautiful colorful decorations.
    I really like your relationship and photos.
    Greetings from Poland.

  21. Delightful photos - I love all the reflections and the many colours. All the best to you for the holiday season and for a happy and healthy 2017

  22. oh dear !!!
    these photos are enchanting .
    thnk you so much for bringing such shiny pleasure in my eyes .you just uplifted my soul by sharing these ful of life world of happiness .
    God Bless you and family .
    have wonderful Blessed new year ahead

  23. I love that reflections capture so much, like a piece of art trying to capture the very essence of the festive spirit in the air. The vibrant vivid colors splashed all around add to the cheerful spirit that is already warming my heart. Thank you for all your wonderful posts throughout 2016, walking with you, your words and seeing a different side of the world through your lens is a visual treat for the mind and soul. Here's wishing you and your family a great festive time and the very best of everything in the coming year. Happy holidays, Yoko!

  24. Lovely captures of Lights and refelections...

  25. Wow! Such mesmerizing night shots, Yoko. Your holiday shots are so festive, they make me smile. We'll leave soon to spend Christmas in Denver. I'm sure I'll be surrounded by decorations and lights while I'm there. I wish you and your family a very happy 2017.

  26. Hello Yoko!
    Faith makes all things possible,
    Hope makes all things work,
    Love makes all things beautiful,
    May you have all the three for this Christmas.

  27. Such lovely night and holiday feeling images.
    It is a time of year to enjoy different activities, like you have shared.

    wishing you a lovely Solstice, the days will begin to get a bit longer now...
    Lovely holidays to you too ~

  28. Lots of lights, beautiful reflections in such a lovely place! Osaka must be wonderful to visit and It's so nice that through your camera lens we can have a glimpse! Wonderful and so festive winter decorations! I can see the joy and the energy of the city! Many thanks, Yoko for all of these amazing photos shared with us! Wishing you lovely and nice Winter Holidays to you and family! And a Happy Prosperous New Year, too!

  29. All your photos are so creative and beautiful with the lights & reflections. I have visited this Osaka Station before but your timing was better. Thank you for sharing them.

  30. こんばんは。いつもながら美しい写真ですね。reflectionsが最高です。ご指摘ありがとうございました。色々な事に詳しいですね。

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  32. So bright and beautiful!!! Fabulous photos!!!
    I wish you and family a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!
    Hugs and love,
    Ana (from Ana Love Craft)

  33. Yokoさん

  34. Dear Yoko!
    I wish that the New Year turns out to be a very special one for you filling each day with peak of health, abundance of happiness and sunshine, bountiful luxury and prosperity and peace.
    Wishes and Greetings from Poland ♥♥♥

  35. Here's wishing you and your family a very Happy and Healthy New Year 2017!

  36. wishing you a very beautiful and full of joy new year dear friend !!!

  37. Yoko, que muitas mentes criativas possam realizar o melhor para o nosso planeta, tão carente de paz e amor! De discernimento e tolerância!
    Fotos aqui, sempre espetaculares. Adorei ver todo este panorâma iluminado. Uma bela analogia você fez! Brava Yoko e, um feliz 2017!
    Muitos beijos, abraços e um até breve...

  38. Undoubtedly the electricity is a great invention, providing that good use is done of it. I agree: seeing things like this ones, it is not difficult to think about the minds that they labour to light discoveries that, sooner or later, they benefit to the humanity and to the planet. The lighting that here you portray is spectacular and your not less extraordinary images.

  39. i really likes your blog and You have shared the whole concept really well. and Very beautifully soulful read! thanks for sharing.


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