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Old castle lights up in the dark in Aomori


Old castle lights up in the dark in AomoriLike medieval pop art, colorful graphic images were projected on the walls of the renowned Hirosaki castle in Aomori Prefecture's Hirosaki on Nov. 8, making for an eerie effect.

The lighting of the castle walls is being held at Hirosaki Park, during the current "Hirosakijo-kiku-to-koyo" festival.

The main structure, having graphic images projected on its walls from all four directions, appeared like an old castle floating in the twilight sky, beaming rays in vivid colors.

During the magical lighting display on Nov. 8, one image gradually faded out as another slid in.

Akira Hasegawa, 64, a digital video artist from Ishikawa Prefecture's Komatsu, drew the abstract graphics, which were randomly combined and projected on the castle.

"I was wholly into it when drawing them," Hasegawa said.

Since no one can predict the combination of graphic images projected on the structures, "You will not see the same combination," the artist said.

The computer graphics projected on the main structure of the 400-year-old castle, the "Tatsumi-yagura" building and other structures were randomly chosen by a computer.

The Tatsumi-yagura structure is a watchtower situated on the corner, surrounded by stonewalls, designed to prevent enemies from entering the castle.

Visitors who were there to view the lit fall foliage at night admired the new illumination world created by the unique concept. The illumination event will run until Nov. 12.

via AJW

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