Itoman Peaceful Illumination sends greetings of peace to world

H26_サブモニュメント1 The 17th Itoman Peaceful Illumination continues the tradition as one of the longest running annual illuminations on Okinawa.

Now in progress running through Jan. 3rd, the display is on the Uchina Farm, before known as Itoman Kanko Noen or the Itoman Tourist Farm, at 1018 Mabuni, Itoman City.

Itoman Peaceful Illumination was one of the first events to set up LED displays.

Itoman Peaceful Illumination was one of the first events to set up LED displays.

Lights of peace, the Itoman Peaceful Illumination, is an event entrusting the prayer for peace from the grounds of the end of the Battle of Okinawa, and through illuminations, it sends greetings to the world. More than 1.3 million miniature lights are lit every day during the display near the site where the 1945 Battle of Okinawa came to an end. Organizers call the festival an event “sending to the world Okinawa’s prayers for peace.”

Lights will be illuminated daily from 18:00 ~ 22:00 through January 3rd. Organizers expect more than 120,000 visitors to see the display during the illumination run. Three live concerts are slated for Dec. 23, 24 and 25, with a laser show at 20:00 each day, and fireworks on Christmas Day at 21:00.

Zutto Tomodachi, Amy and Suzy☆Hikkake are on stage on Dec. 23rd. NaNa Azama, Miku Amamiya, Portrivers, R3, Yuzuri-no-Ha Boys and Girls Choral Society and Manami perfom on Chistmas Eve, and Acchan, 2STAR and Yuzuri-no-Ha Boys and Girls Choral Society wrap up the live performances on Christmas Day with fireworks and Eisa Crew Crown ending the program. All live performances start from 18:00.

Although the name of the venue is new, it’s easy to find. Travel south towards the southernmost tip of the island on Highway 331 and go past Peace Memorial Park on the right, then turn left to the entrance of the Uchina Farm. Admission is ¥300 in advance for high school age and older through Dec. 18, and ¥400 in advance for 12/19 through 1/3. Add ¥100 at gate. Junior high school age and younger children are free.

14:04 25 Oct , 2016