Monday, February 18, 2019

Lapis lazuli cosmic fantasy in Nara Park

Happiness Corridor Nara-Rurie is held about one week running up to Valentine’s Day 
at some popular sightseeing places throughout Nara Park.
It can be a good opportunity to go out during the coldest period of the year.

I went to Winter Tanabata Road at the Nara kasugano International Forum Iraka.
Ruri-colored lights are laid across its spacious garden. 
Visitors walk through the twinkling innumerable stars of the Milky Way on the ground.

"Ruri" is a lapis lazuli stone adored and valued by the ancient Nara people.

In Nara Park, visitors meet deer of course.

Corridor of Light connects front and back gardens.

White Ume (Prunus Mume) were already blooming dignified in the shivering cold.
Spring is getting closer.

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Nara Rurie, Sky Lantern took place.
Thousands of square lanterns made of Japanese paper, with a LED light and a helium balloon, 
floated in the air of Kasugano Field.
 Lanterns were held by people with strings.

Bottom - the lanterns that finished their work
Other sites of Nara Rurie are Nara National Museum, Todai-ji Temple,
and Kasuga Grand Shrine.
My old post about Nara Rurie 2016 includes Yume-kaze Square and Todai-ji Temple;

Wish you all love and happiness!


  1. Your photos capture this remarkable display beautifully, though I think I prefer to see real stars and real deer. I didn't realise that St Valentine's influence had reached Japan!

  2. Absolutely gorgeous !!!! It's like a enchanter garden !!!
    Thanks for sharing those lovely pictures !
    Have a nice week !

  3. What a dazzling sight to behold … up, down and all around. It’s a perfect way to cheer up a chilly landscape beyond Christmas, from the heart shape on the ground to the floating sky lanterns that transform the dark into a beautiful dream!

  4. This is a most beautiful way to encourage people to go out, no matter what the weather, and I can imagine the effect of lights over the beautiful acres of Nara Park. A couple of years ago there was a festival of lights in London - I don't know if it was ever repeated. It was most beautiful but too crowded to be completely enjoyable

  5. How magical to walk through the Milky Way in Nara Park. It's just lovely.

  6. What a wonderful display Yoko - I hope that your dear little grandchildren also had the opportunity to see this magical wonderland too.

  7. Magical! Your night photos are wonderful, Yoko. I have trouble shooting at night especially if I need a slow shutter speed. What a wonderful light show. I can't believe the Ume are already blooming. Soon you'll have spring flowers in Nara. I continue to photograph snow scenes...

  8. As I look at these photos, I can only imagine the hours it took to set up these displays. A special gift to all those able to take in the beauty of the lights and the gardens. I would love to see this type of lantern in our community - the nights are so dark here, I think it would be very effective. Thanks for sharing this unique event with all the readers at Mosaic Monday!

  9. Wow, what a wonderful festival of light and colors! Absolutely amazing, thank you so much for your gorgeous photos Yoko! Have a magical day! :-)

  10. Wow! This whole place is so beautiful like a Heavenly Fairyland! I love it.

  11. Noche llena de magia Yoko. Una fantasia preciosa de vivir. Me encantan las fotos.
    Buena semana.

  12. What a fantastic fairytale land with millions & millions of lights!

    riitta k, Floral Passions

  13. Wow, wow, wow! Great shots of an amazing sight. I almost feel like I'm there. Thanks!

  14. Hello Dear Yoko!

    OMG is a wonderful fairy-tale scenery.
    I am delighted with her.
    Hugs and greetings.

  15. This is an enchanted sight indeed. I've never seen anything as lovely as this before. And I would love to be able to see this with my own eyes! Thank you for posting these delightful photographs. And the Ume flowers..... so surprising, and so early in the year. No spring flowers yet for a long time here in frozen Canada!

  16. It is really cosmic! It looks as if lights sparkle from under the earth. No idea how it's done but the effect is stunning. How do live deer react to that abundance of light? Do they hide or are they isolated during this light show?
    Have a nice warm week, Yoko.

  17. Oh dear Never saw such incredibly stunning views!

    what a charming tradition !

    Nara is one of the most rich place in amazing natural beauty and interesting customs

    a friend of my eldest son lives in Japan since more than 5 years and says once you get there ,you don't want to leave

  18. what a attractive view great

  19. 幻想的なお写真になりましたね。ナラルリエ見に行かれたのですね。寒かったでしょう。数年前にポストされたのを覚えてます。夜の撮影なのに更に進化しておられるなあと思いました。

    先週始め、突然PCが壊れました。タイピングの途中でhのletter が出て止まらなくなり、変な音がし出した。

  20. It looks like a place of dream and fantasy, how beautiful!
    Wonderful photos.
    All the best
    Divagar Sobre Tudo um Pouco

  21. Wooow, Yoko! "Lapis lazuli cosmic fantasy" are words that define very well what you leave here, because without a doubt they leave me in the "stratosphere" of amazement and wonder. Being there at these moments had to be a great experience. Congratulations in this anniversary!

  22. I wish you a good recovery Yoko. I have had a herpes zóster on my leg and I know how painful it is. Rest and take care
    I loved the doll collection. Is beautiful.
    Un abrazo.

  23. Oh dear Yoko i am so sorry for you are suffering with such terrible pain !

    since almost a year i have pain in my right arm's upper part and shoulder but to be honest i never went for check as i though it will leave by the time
    it has lessened but still there
    my arthritis physician told me to use vitamin B 12 too

    hope and pray you feel better soon !


  25. Hello Dear Yoko!

    I admire this place again because it looks like from dreams.
    Hugs and greetings.

  26. The people have created a display of enchanted beauty, the lights, the deer, the blue color. I hope you are healing fully.


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