Full-bloomed Night Cherry Blossoms Aglow in DarkKiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto3 April 2016 - Temples/Shrines
Illuminated cherry blossoms are reaching their peak at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, a World Heritage site, in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, where a spring special night opening is being held. On April 3, there were many visitors, intoxicated by the lustrous cherry blossoms shining amid the darkness of the night.
The special evening openings continue to be held in spring, summer and autumn every year. There are approximately 1,000 cherry trees, including "Someiyoshino," or Yoshino cherry trees, and "Yamazakura," or wild cherry trees, in the precincts and approximately 500 lights. A blue ray of light, said to represent Kannon Bodhisattva's mercy, is beamed into the night sky.
The combination of the solemn main hall and stage, vivid vermilion "Sanju no To," or three-story pagoda, and other structures, plus the full-bloomed cherry blossoms creates an atmosphere of profound beauty. Visitors took photos with their smartphones and cameras, fully enjoying the night views of Kyoto. The special evening opening will last until April 10. There is an admission fee.(translated by Galileo, Inc.)