Asuka Corridor of Light
Asuka village's "Corridor of Light" is an annual project in which organizers decorate the historic streets, temples and landmarks in a section of the town that was once the ancient capital of Japan.
Asuka was the residence of some of Japan's earliest emperors such as Kinmei (509-571) and is the home of the kofun (burial mounds) of Emperor Kinmei and several other nobles.
Because of the town's rich history and archaeological treasures construction has been strictly limited in the area. Today the population of the former capital is only about 5,600.
The area near Asuka station has several bicycle rental shops with which visitors can ride in an area with lots of agricultural land and a park-like atmosphere with long biking trails that are marked with signs indicating historical landmarks (in Japanese and English).
The Corridor of Light event is held in late September around the autumnal equinox when the spider lilies are in bloom. Asuka takes pride in their iconic spider lilies and these plants were the artistic theme for many of this year's illuminations.
|Spider lily plants.|
|Flowers in a field near Emperor Tenmu's (and Empress Jito's) tomb.|
|"The Demon's Chopping Block" on a hill that is now overgrown with bamboo.|
|The local legend of tells of a demon that brought a mist down upon these mountains to confuse travellers.|
The demon would then take the victims to "the demon's chopping block" for butchering and "pass them" into "the demon's toilet."
|Family's admiring the unique artworks that are on each candle cup.|
|Spider Lily lanterns made of a wire mesh material.|
|Thousands of these cup lanterns hold candles around the light venues.|
There was a pleasant crescent moon in a clear sky with ideal temperatures.
|Local children decorated lanterns before the festival.|
During the festival visitors were welcome to design their own lanterns.
|The twilight sky had beautiful colors.|
|Cup lanterns, spider lily lamp posts, an LED tunnel and fiberglass light carousels at the central venue at the Ishibutai kofun.|
|Lamps, candles and moonlight.|
|A close-up view of the tiger lily lamps.|
|Spider Lily lamps shot with the soft filter settings on a Fujifilm camera.|
|Photographers flock to the event to take photos of this artistic spectacle.|
You can see the moon in the background over the mountains.
|An unusual flower in the foreground.|
A one second prolonged exposure taken after nightfall.
The time lapse creates an interesting image of the flowing water in the canal.
|Candles lining the old streets in Asuka.|
It is dangerous to wander off the street because of the deep canals running between the buildings and the street.
|Tradition paper umbrellas with back-lighting serve as decorations.|
|Okadera Temple pagoda with paper umbrellas for decoration.|
|Okadera Temple was the highlight of the event for photographers.|
The next day there were many similar photos appearing on the Instagram accounts of matsuri fans.