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Aquapolis Osaka is town of light in winter

Osaka was once called 'a city of water' with many bridges built over canals crisscrossing the city. It is a rare urban community in the world in the sense that it has rivers that flow in the shape of a square similar to the Chinese letter 'kuchi'(mouth), constituting a 'water corridor' that allows people to move around the city by boat. An event named 'Aqua Metropolis Osaka 2009' will be held next August under the theme 'Osaka: a city living with rivers.' It is designed to rediscover and promote the charms of aquapolis Osaka centering on the water corridor and the Nakanoshima area.In a symbolic undertaking preceding the event, lamps will light up the Nishiki Bridge over the Tosabori River (see conceptual drawing), adorned with 'nishikie' woodblock color prints depicting scenes of the time from the late Edo period to the early Meiji period, starting Dec. 13. Also, beginning from the same day, street lamps lining the embankment will illuminate the Dojima River in the lower reaches of the Oe Bridge in the center area of the water corridor. Furthermore, a row of cherry trees in Minami-tenma Park on the opposite side of Hachikenyahama will be lit up. In other events starting sometime in December, decorative illuminations will grace expressway girders striding the Dojima River and ginkgo trees lining the business street of Midosuji Avenue.

For inquiries, please contact Planning Office, Osaka Prefectural Government (Tel: 06-6944-6602; URL: http://www.pref.osaka.jp/).