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15th Itoman Peaceful Illumination Festival ‘Lights of Peace’

15th Itoman Peaceful Illumination Festival ‘Lights of Peace’
Date: Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 Friday, Jan. 3, 2014
Time: 18:00-22:00 (until 24:30 on Dec. 31)
Place: Itoman Wine Farm (Itoman City)
Admission: 250 yen for high school students and over; free for junior high school students and under
For more information: 098-840-8135 (Business and Tourism Division, Itoman City Hall)

 

This is one of Okinawa’s most popular winter events, drawing some 50,000 visitors each year. The venue, located in Itoman City and which experienced a fierce ground battle at the end of World War II, is beautifully decorated with 1.3 million lights, representing the approximate population of Okinawa, and carrying the people’s hopes for peace. A variety of fun programs are scheduled for New Year’s Eve, including the Peace Concert, New Year’s countdown and fireworks display.

A special event called Starlight Wink, in which all the lights at the venue go out for one minute, is held every evening at 20:00.

There are only 400 parking spaces available at the Itoman Wine Farm. When the parking lot is full, visitors may park at the Peace Memorial Park. A free shuttle service is provided between the Peace Memorial Park and Itoman Wine Farm during the event.

Photo provided by Itoman City.

 

Schedule/program
Starlight Wink: Every evening at 20:00

Laser shows: Saturday, Dec. 21 and Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 20:30

Fireworks displays: Christmas fireworks on Wednesday, Dec. 25 at 21:00; New Year’s countdown fireworks on Wednesday, Jan. 1 at 0:00

Daily entertainment: A variety of music and entertainment shows by local students and indie bands will take place on the main stage to add to the fun. If you are an enthusiast of Japanese idols, anime songs and manga culture, plan your visit on Dec. 18 or 23 and you can enjoy live performances by a variety of male and female idol groups. In addition, Dec. 26 is designated as anime songs and cosplay (costume play) day.

 

<Free shuttle service>
Are you unfamiliar with the southern part of Okinawa? Are you not so keen on driving all the way down to Itoman? Then the free shuttle service will come in handy! The shuttle is available from Dec. 26 to 30, and will run between Palette Kumoji in Naha City and Itoman Wine Farm.

Shuttle bus timetable
Departing from Palette Kumoji: 16:40, 17:30, 18:00, 18:30, 19:20, 20:20
Departing from Itoman Wine Farm: 18:10, 19:00, 19:40, 20:20, 21:00, 22:00, 22:20, 22:40

 

Free event: 2nd Peaceful Searchlights


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