Impressive: 100,000 LEDs lights on Sumida river in Tokyo

Tokyo Hotaru Festival, 2012
100,000 solar-powered LED light balls, Tokyo Hotaru Firefly Festival, Sumida river, 2012

What happened on Sumida river?

Fireflies have become a rare sight in Japan. Once they used to glow their low light all over the country in the summer time but now they have become an uncommon sight even in rural areas. Last month 100,000 LED lights floated down through Tokyo’s city centre on the Sumida river mimicking a stream of fireflies.

The Tokyo Hotaru Festival

This happened on the occasion of the Tokyo Hotaru Festival (Tokyo Firefly Festival) which was first held in 2012 and is intended to revalue the river and its surroundings, similar to what Seoul has done with their prestigious Cheonggyecheon1 stream renaturation project.

How was this project created?

The LED lights were sponsored by Panasonic and equipped with solar cells. At the end all of the lights were taken out of the river by using a big net.

Photos

Tokyo Hotaru Festival, Sumida river was filled with millions of solar-powered LED light balls, 2012
100,000 solar-powered LED light balls, Tokyo Hotaru Firefly Festival, Sumida river, 2012
Photo: Raymond Viloria/500px.com

Tokyo Hotaru Festival, Sumida river was filled with millions of solar-powered LED light balls, 2012
100,000 solar-powered LED light balls, Tokyo Hotaru Firefly Festival, Sumida river, 2012

Tokyo Hotaru Festival, Sumida river was filled with millions of solar-powered LED light balls, 2012
100,000 solar-powered LED light balls, Tokyo Hotaru Firefly Festival, Sumida river, 2012
Photo: Helaine Chardon/boo.jp

Tokyo Hotaru Festival, Sumida river was filled with millions of solar-powered LED light balls, 2012
100,000 solar-powered LED light balls, Tokyo Hotaru Firefly Festival, Sumida river, 2012

Tokyo Hotaru Festival, Sumida river was filled with millions of solar-powered LED light balls, 2012
100,000 solar-powered LED light balls, Tokyo Hotaru Firefly Festival, Sumida river, 2012

Tokyo Hotaru Festival, 2012
100,000 solar-powered LED light balls, Tokyo Hotaru Firefly Festival, Sumida river, 2012
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Tokyo Hotaru Festival, 2012
100,000 solar-powered LED light balls, Tokyo Hotaru Firefly Festival, Sumida river, 2012
Photo: 411posters/411posters.com

Tokyo Hotaru Festival, 2012
100,000 solar-powered LED light balls, Tokyo Hotaru Firefly Festival, Sumida river, 2012
Photo: 411posters/411posters.com

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100,000 solar-powered LED light balls, Tokyo Hotaru Firefly Festival, Sumida river, 2012

Tokyo Hotaru Festival, Sumida river was filled with millions of solar-powered LED light balls, 2012
100,000 solar-powered LED light balls, Tokyo Hotaru Firefly Festival, Sumida river, 2012

All images by Tokyo Hotaru/tokyo-hotaru.jp unless otherwise noted.

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Related readings

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheonggyecheon
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