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. 
www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/travel-information/shinkansen/hokuriku-shinkansen/

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