Japan’s Winter Lights Festival at Kuwana City, home to Nabana No Sato, a botanical theme park. Open to the theme park itself can be enjoyed year-round, but the Winter Festival runs for four months from mid-November to mid-March.
Every year during late May thousands of people gather on the Ala Moana Beach in Hawaii to attend the annual Lantern Floating ceremony. Each lit lantern carries a message from the heart and it honours the loved ones that passed on. Last May over 40 000 of them were released to the ocean with the glorious sunset in the distance.
Fish Tank Phone Booth - Rose Garden, Nakanoshima Park, Osaka, Japan. art installation, part of Aqua Metropolis Osaka 2011 Festival (promoting healthy waterways & environmentally-friendly practices). photo by Otaku Subreddit || **NOTE** the duck in the background is from the world wide "Rubber Duck" art project by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman: http://www.florentijnhofman.nl/dev/project.php?id=154
"My Sweet House with Kirara" by Ayako Kawakami of Funabashi-City, Chiba, Japan, is winner of the $5,000 Robert S. Cohen Master Award for Traditional Artistry at the 2015 International Quilt Festival Houston. Photo: International Quilt Association