3,500 candles create an ‘Ice Candle Museum’ in Shimokawa

The ‘Shimokawa Ice Candle Museum’ was held at four locations in the town of Shimokawa in northern Hokkaido, including the town’s ‘Nigiwai-no Hiroba’ (bustling square); the venues were wrapped in the warm glow created by a total of 3,500 candles.
 
The event was held on February 12 and 13. On the first day, the candles were lit one by one from around 5:00 p.m., and visitors expressed their admiration and took commemorative photos. At one of the venues, a stone-built warehouse in the town, the light from the lanterns suspended from the ceiling, along with the candlelight, created a magical atmosphere.
 
According to the event’s organizing committee, Shimokawa is said to be the birthplace of ice candles in Japan, and the town began exhibiting them in earnest in 1988, after being inspired by Finland in Scandinavia.

 A woman from Nayoro, who came to see the event for the first time, said, “The flickering flames of the entire venue are really beautiful.”

The venue wrapped in the warm glow of the ice candles

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‘Ice Candle Museum’ in Shimokawa

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