Creation of a lighting space filled with abundant human nature by landscape and urban illumination

Tokyo Tower in winter (1989)

Fig.1 Tokyo Tower in winter (1989)

Yokohama Bay Bridge in 1989

Fig.2 Yokohama Bay Bridge in 1989

Himeji Castle in 1993

Fig.3 Himeji Castle in 1993

Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge in 1998

Fig.4 Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge in 1998

Shirakawa village A-frame-houses in 1999

Fig.5 Shirakawa village A-frame-houses in 1999

Moji Port Retro Night Fantasy (2002)

Fig.6 Moji Port Retro Night Fantasy (2002)

  In 1978, a voluntary proposal called “Kyoto Landscape Illumination Plan” led to the start on the “Light-up Caravan” around Japan (for example, Osaka, Kobe, and Sapporo), and the splendor of illumination has appealed to many people.

  In 1986, at the “Light up Festival” put on by Yokohama city, when 12 buildings around the Kannai area were illuminated at nighttime, 800,000 people came to enjoy the illuminations over a ten-day period. In the same year, the lighting up of Tokyo Station’s red-brick station house led to expansion into the preservation work, and also to thoroughly view for the fate of many historical buildings those were on the demolition according to urban redevelopment plans.

  Moreover, being first lit up in 1989, Tokyo Tower and Yokohama Bay Bridge took the role of “light landmarks”, and their beautiful night views have recognized as new cultural assets. From the beginning of the 1990s, urban illumination expanded from lighting of points to that of surfaces, and as part of “urban development with light” in cities such as Hakodate, Nagasaki, Himeji, and Nara, urban-landscape illumination has been ongoing. After that, “regional economic development projects utilizing light” drew attention, and the number of local authorities attempting regeneration and revitalization through illumination has increased.

  As for the lighting up or the historic A-frame houses in Shirakawa Village in Gifu Prefecture (which was dedicated as a World Heritage Site in 1999), the idea to illuminate the whole village by “artificial moonlight” was proposed. Furthermore, so-called nighttime “light productions” at sightseeing spots—such as Moji Port Retro Town (2002), Sensoji Temple in Tokyo (2003), and Atami “Moonlight Beach” (2004)—have been making huge impressions.

  Having been engaged in the planning and production of these “light up” schemes, Motoko Ishii of Motoko Ishii Lighting Design Incorporated received the “Japan Illumination Award” from the Illumination Engineering Institute of Japan in 1990.

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