Monday, December 18, 2023

Mido-suji Illumination

At the Grand Front Osaka, Umeda

Mido-suji Boulevard runs north-south in the center of Osaka, the second largest city in Japan.
Right under the boulevard, Mido-suji Line of Osaka Metro runs.
Big companies and international brand outlets stand on both sides of it.
It is also lined with border of ginkgo trees, which cast lovely shade in summer 
and fabulous golden-yellow foliage in autumn.
In winter, the trees are illuminated about 4 kilomiters between Umeda and Namba.
Last year, pink light bulbs made me feel as if Sakura (cherry blossoms) were blooming 
on the bare trees.

A girl was smiling comfortably in the shower of light as its title says 光の中で Hikari no nakade.
I thought I'd like to return to see her in the soft shower of sunlight but haven't made it yet.

By SATO Keisuke, donated by NCS&A

Last year, sudden fleezing rain stopped my walk halfway, so this post includes 
the scenes from the last year.
This year, as you see in the photos below, many Ginkgo leaves are left due to too warm autumn 
and warm winter till the day before yesterday.
Brilliant yellow leaves made champaign-gold bulbs look whitish in my photos.

Mido-suji has another attraction as "Sculpture Street".
29 sculptures by famous artists are displayed on both sides near Yodoyabashi.
All of them, real not replica, were donated by the companies in the neighborhood.
I was surprised to find Eve by Rodin standing along the road 
because I like it when such a famous sculpture stands in the garden of a museum 
or in a park.

Eve by Auguste Rodin, donated by Osaka Gas Corp.

This is one of my favorites.
In the girl's raised hands is a dove which is about to take flight.

"大空に Into the Sky" by KUWAHARA Hiromori, donated by Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

The Accordian Player by Ossip Zadkine, donated by TAKENAKA Corp.

Illumination colors change from area to area.


I can't pass by without photographing reflections on glasses, wet pavement, or cars.


Different color bulbs are used near Shinsaibashi, 2023

These artificial light falling on people are so close that we feel we can reach 
but stars are invisible due to the dazzling lights on earth.

The year 2023 is going to be over in the carousel of time
with cherished moments as well as anger and sadness on the ongoing incidents worldwide.
See you in 2024, probably in February.

Linked to Mosaic Monday


  1. Enchanting photos, Yoko!
    I love how you captured the magic of the dazzling display.

    Happy Monday!

  2. Delightful pictures ! Gorgeous statues and amazing pictures !
    Thanks for sharing them.
    I wish you a happy holiday season for you and your family ! Hope 2024 will be better...

  3. Hello,
    Wow, the lights and trees are beautiful. I love all the sculptures, the girl with the dove is lovely.
    Your photos are stunning! I wish you and your a peaceful and joyful holiday. Take care, have a great day and happy week ahead.

  4. ...Yoko, let's light up the darkness! These are FABULOUS images.

  5. Seasons greetings to you and your family Yoko.
    I cant make up my mind whether I prefer last years pretty pink lights or this years golden lights.
    Although is a time for us all to enjoy being with our families, I like you, feel anger and huge sadness at what is taking place around our beautiful world.

  6. Beautiful photos! Incredible lighting! Wishing happy and joyful New Year!

  7. Happy Holidays to you, too. That light show in the trees is so lovely.

  8. Yoko - I am so accustomed to seeing your nature photos, that this was a fascinating post from you. Lights can illuminate subjects and thoughts we would not see/think of otherwise. How clever of you to highlight these images. I, too, hope that 2024 will bring more peace and hope throughout the world. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment!

  9. A Happy Holiday and New Year to you and your family, stardust! Wow … the brilliance of pink lights on the trees is spectacular, almost heavenly. And how amazing to think an original Rodin sculpture stands alongside a walkway for passers-by to admire. That shows a bit of trust in humanity. :) Maybe 2024 will bring us a more peaceful world.

    1. Thank you for the comment. I’m not well versed in sculptures, especially about what is called original. I can only say that this Eve is one of several versions. There is another Eve in the forecourt of National Museum of Western Art in the Ueno Park, Tokyo. I’m amazed how generously and boldly Osaka Gas Corp. admitted the city to display it on a walkway by the traffic road. 29 sculptures have been standing there since 1992 and none of them have never been stolen but had minor damages once in a while.

    2. Displaying famous sculptures along the road would depend on Japanese traditional view that humans are inherently good.

  10. Beautiful lights in the city, how wonderful to walk along those roads under the canopy of tiny lights in between the gingko leaves. There are some gingko trees here too, I love the shape of the leaves and the golden colour in the fall. Many good wishes to you and your family for 2024.... I hope you enjoy peace and love and good health and friendship.

  11. It was a special joy in this Christmas mood, dear Yoko. To walk through this post from one to the next picture.

    Thank you being part at


    with this lovely post. Hugs by Heidrun

  12. Precioso post.
    Te deseo una Feliz Navidad. Merry christmas Yoko. que pases unas Felices Fiestas. Seguimos el año que viene.
    Un abrazo 🤗〰〰💕

  13. Dear Yoko!
    I wish you a Happy and Sweet Christmas for you and your family !

  14. Such a festive post, Yoko, full of lights and beauty. Your pictures of Osaka make a strong impression, it looks worth visiting. Let us hope that next year will be peaceful and kind to all of us.
    With warmest wishes,

  15. Hello, I'm delighted with the photos on your blog. They are artistic, beautiful. They are full of amazing light. I wish you a wonderful new year, best regards.
    P.S. One of my favorite writers is Haruki Murakami.

  16. Dear Yoko!
    Sending you my warmest wishes for a wonderful New Year! May the New Year 2024 bring you peace, love, and prosperity!
    Łucja - Maria

  17. Lovely images of the illuminated city!!
    Have a great and wonderful New Year 2024, full of joy, and LOVE!!

  18. It has been a difficult start of 2024 for the people of Japan. A devastating earthquake costing many lives, and an aviation accident in Tokyo with another five people dead. I am thinking of all the people in Japan.... sending good wishes to you all. 2024 will improve.... I hope!

  19. 明けましておめでとうございます。また、お久しぶりでございます。




  20. Fantastic photos. Beautiful lighting, I especially loved the last one on the carousel, is amazing.
    I wish you and your family all the best for 2024!!
    Greetings from Maria

  21. Beautiful photographs.
    I hope you had a happy Christmas.
    Sending my good wishes to you and your family for a happy and healthy 2024.

    All the best Jan

  22. I'm dropping by from Marcia's blog. I couldn't resist since we love going to Japan. We live in Hawaii. We've been to Nara and Kyoto several times and many times to Tokyo, course. I have relatives in Sendai and Tokyo. Thank you for sharing your lovely photos.

  23. wow these are astonishing and absolutely magical views dear Yoko :)))
    the enchantment created by light is so well captured by you
    thanks for taking us along and showing how dazzling and awesome looks your city on new year !
    hugs and blessings!

  24. Happy new year to you and loved ones my friend!
    health ,peace ,and happiness to you all!


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