A fall festival that includes beautiful lights, stage programs, and the tastes of autumn. World-famous lighting designer Motoko Ishii has produced a brand new combination of Japan’s “Soene” (Green energy) technology and design in a series of beautiful new lighting fixtures. The redesigned fountain plaza of Ueno Park is filled with light, sounds, and tastes. Tokyo National Museum, National Museum of Nature and Science, National Museum of Western Art, Ueno Zoological Gardens, and Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum cooperate on this event. The four Tohoku prefectures, affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, also participate in this event. During the day, children ride aerobic bikes and use gigantic fans to produce new types of “Soene” via wind and human power, allowing them to learn about energy as they play. In the evening, the beautiful lightings and various stage programs bring a new type of Tokyo festival that everyone can enjoy.
Motoko Ishii, a leading Japanese lighting designer, works with a wide range of light, from urban illumination to architectural lighting. Her activities cover not only within Japan but also all over the world. The Tokyo Tower, the Rainbow Bridge, the Tokyo Gate Bridge and a city lighting plan of Hakodate and Kurashiki, Shirakawa Village, Soene Akari Park, and the Kabukiza Light-up are just some of her projects. Overseas, she has done ˂Project Commemorating 150th Anniversary of Japan-France Friendship˃ La Seine — Light Messages from Japan, Paris, Budapest Elisabeth Bridge Light-up, Hungary, and Event Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Relationship between Germany and Japan “Light Message for Peace” in Berlin. She has won many awards all over the world. In 2000, she received the Medal with Purple Ribbon from the Japanese government.
Motoko Ishii Lighting Design Inc.
Executive Committee for Soene Akari Park 2013
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Ueno Park (Taito City, Tokyo)