The Tunnel of Illumination on Jozenj-dori, Sendai, Japan.
Illustration: Dale A. Brown

Sendai's Pageant of Starlight

A one month illumination

The Sendai Pageant of Starlight is one of Japan's biggest winter illumination displays. Each year from December 6th through December 31st, 600,000 Christmas lights illuminate the zelkova trees along Jozenji-dori​ in downtown Sendai. At adjacent Kotodai Park (Kotodaikoen), accessed via the Kotodaikoen subway station on the Nanboku line, are several picture worthy light displays. Across from the park, a temporary ice rink is set up for anyone to enjoy.

With New Year's just around the corner, the Pageant of Starlight event is a festive time. It is popular with families and especially couples. After strolling up and down the street under the tunnel of lights, it is easy to stop by one of the many restaurants and cafes in the downtown area to warm up. Some nights in December it will be snowing, but it is usually not a heavy snow and actually adds to the magic evening. Keep a lookout for Santa Clauses on motorcycles!

For the complete photo story by Dale A. Brown with more pictures go to http://en.japantravel.com/photos/sendai-pageant-of-starlight

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