大阪狭山ウインターイルミネーション２０１８Cherry Blossom Festival... in winter.
12/01/2018 - 1/14/2019. Near Osakayamashi station.
The Sayamaike pond is a reservoir created by a dam from a civil engineering project in the year 1400, making it the oldest reservoir in Japan. The reservoir was used to irrigate a large area in the southern part of Osaka prefecture. Now there is a museum next to the reservoir which illustrated the history of the dam, the local irrigation systems, local history and more.
The northern edge of the pond has a row of cherry trees that are a popular attraction in the spring.
The city is double-dipping into the cherry blossom draw to attract people in the winter by covering the trees in pink LEDs to created a nighttime display of a winter cherry blossom festival.
The following photo journal is from 12/25/2018:
|A small attraction so a large percentage of the people attending are local families.|
|Low brightness photo to make the lights seem disembodied.|
|A full moon in the background.|
|flanked by snowmen (the Japanese kind; two segments and a little Shriner's cap).|
|The entire event viewed from a different side of the pond.|
|Sayarin, a cherry blossom dragon that represents Osaka Sayama.|