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Sunday 6 December 2015

Lanterns shine a light on Japanese artistry

One of the unexpected highlights of my Hokuriku Shinkansen trip to some of Japan's less-visited regions has been a small gallery in a tiny town. 

The Mino Washi Akari Art Gallery in Mino City, Gifu Prefecture, hosts a superb exhibition of lanterns made from local paper. 

These lanterns are used in a local festival held each autumn and represent stunning artistry.

All these images were taken with my iPhone but I hope they give you some idea of how impressive these illuminated lanterns are. 

# The writer was a guest of Tobu Top Tours on a trip to promote the new Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train route from Tokyo to Kanazawa, which opens up new areas of 
regional Japan to overseas visitors.

Qantas flies twice daily to Tokyo via Sydney (Sydney-Haneda) or Brisbane (Brisbane-Narita). The Brisbane-Narita flights are operated by the refurbished A330 aircraft, with lie-flat seats in Business, brand new economy seats and new in-flight entertainment. The Sydney-Haneda flights are operated by a B747, which features the refurbished A380 

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