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Southeast Botanical Gardens Creates Millennium Wonderland

By: Brandon Arakaki

Date Posted: 1999-12-24

This year’s Christmas and New Year holidays will be celebrated on one of the world’s most beautiful tropical eco-museums in a most lustrous manner. The Southeast Botanical Gardens will again be offering to spectacle-hungry holiday makers bright evenings within its gorgeous natural setting, all through the period of the two major feasts.

Things will spark into total illumination this very Wednesday, December 22nd, with the inauguration of the Christmas Lights Festival. According to the Botanical Gardens Marketing and Sales representative, Ms. Eriko Sunamoto, the place known by many as Paradise on Okinawa “will be literally ablaze with millions of flashing bulbs joined together to make dazzling designs on a grand scale.” The Lights festival will feature several attractions, the most famous of them being the breathtaking Fantasy Laser Light Show. This year’s light shows are expected to be the best ever on the island.

The Christmas Lights Festival will go on till the New Year arrives, when it will be transformed into a major New Year event. The Botanical Gardens will then become Millennium Wonderland 2000. In effect, on Friday, December 31st, there will be a thrilling Countdown Party to usher in the Year 2000 with glamorous incandescence. The party will go on past midnight till 2:00 AM. on January 1st, and will be repeated on the night of January 1st to 2nd till 2:00 AM, for those who want more lights in their lives.

Besides the light shows, Millennium Wonderland 2000 will also be offering various games through which participants can win various prizes. Lots of fun activities for families with kids, and nice relaxation spots for romantic couples, will also be available. Most of all, the Peggy Wu Dance Troupe from Taiwan will be presenting an original version of the Broadway-style musical, “Beauty and the Beast” every evening between December 22nd and January 2nd.

Admission to the Botanical Gardens for 12 years and above is ¥1800 in advance and ¥2000 at the door; ¥900 in advance and ¥1000 at the door for children between 6 and 12, and free for under 6 years. Any ticket holder can watch all the shows and participate in all the games between 4 :00 PM and 11:00 PM every evening.

The Southeast Botanical Gardens is giving out 3 free tickets to 3 adults and 3 kids. Send an e-mail or fax to Japan Update with name, address or tephone/fax number to win.

DIRECTIONS: From Kadena Gate 3, cross the street and head for the Chibana Housing area.

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