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Kansai Information: ""OSAKA Hikari Renaissance"" under way till Dec. 25

OSAKA Hikari Renaissance, an annual illumination festival being held this year for the seventh time, has been well established as a wintertime attraction in Osaka. Last year saw 1.38 million visitors. The main venue for the festivities is the Nakanoshima area. Framed by two rivers flowing in the city center, the island area has the Osaka City Central Public Hall, the Museum of Oriental Ceramics and other cultural facilities as well as Nakanoshima Park, a place of recreation and relaxation popular among Osaka citizens.
Among this year's new features is ""Starlight City Square,"" with the wall of the Osaka City Hall's main entrance decorated with an illumination tree. Another new attraction is ""Air France Avenue,"" with the street leading to the central public hall gorgeously lit up with white and gold lights with ""champagne"" as the theme. These have been added to already familiar programs such as the annual light arcade ""Nakanoshima Illumination Street"" and the ""Wall Tapestry,"" which turns the outer walls of the Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library into a screen to showcase the collaboration of lights and music.
The scaled-up ""OSAKA Hikari Renaissance 2009"" runs through Dec. 25. The general public is invited to come and see the festivities. [Top=last year's Wall Tapestry (photo); Bottom=Air France Avenue (artist's sketch)]

For inquiries, please contact Osaka City General Information Center. (Tel: 06-4301-7285; URL: http://www.hikari-renaissance.com/mt/en/)