The annual illumination event “Saigawa Akari Terrace” will be held this month September in Kanazawa. There are 20,000 glittering LED lamps will be illuminated on the Saigawa river this year. The light up event will co-operate with “Kanazawa Jazz Street” this year too thus you can enjoy the illumination while listening a pleasant jazz music.
I will introduce more about this topic in this article and hope you enjoy reading.
What is the “Saigawa Akari Terrace 2016”?
The event has started since 2014. The first year, it was just 4 days event in the end of October, however it is getting more and more popular so that the opening days and the quality of illumination have extended and improved year by year.
This year the light up event will be held between Sat.3rd and Mon.19th. September. The most notable point is that there are 20,000 glittering LED lamps called “Pet-bottal （ペットボタル）” will be illuminated on reverbed of the Saigawa river, which could be absolutely gorgeous.
What is the “Pet-bottal”?
The famous rice terraces “Shiroyone Senmaida” in Noto peninsula, Ishikawa is one of the well known illumination spot as well. They use “Pet-bottal“ which is the LED bulb in the plastic bottle, for lighting up the rice terraces. Saigawa Akari Terrace also use the lightened plastic bottle. The resource of the light bottle is solar energy, hence it does not need to be provided electricity. The lights turn up automatically when the sun goes down, and it is made and set by lots of sponsoring companies and volunteers.
The Event Information
The illumination schedule
【date ＆ hours】 3rd (Sat) to 19th (Mon) September / 18:00-22:00 every night
【location 】 For about 700m revierbed area between the Saigawa oohashi （犀川大橋）and Sakura bashi （桜橋） .
★The main event will be held between 16th and 18th. Jazz festival will be held at the same date and food booth will be provided so you can enjoy listening Jazz and local food.
The main event
about Food booth
16th Sep（Fri） 17:00-22:00
“What is the food ＆ drinks like …?”
[Food] Roast beef, Simmered Noto-chickin with tomato sauce, Japanese curry, Oden（Japanese tipical veges ＆meat situewed bowl）, Curry bread, Dim sum, Miso soup, Tako-yaki, Soba, Kebab etc…
[Drink] Beer, Whiskey, Sake, Wine, Cocktails, Coffee, Tea etc…
The food ticket can be purchased at the HQ in the central food court area.
＊The food list is from last year, I will update the list as soon as the informations are released.
about Music event
16th Sep（Fri） 18:00-21:00 Live music-performed by local ＆ professional jazz musicians.
17th Sep（Sat）＆ 18th（Sun）15:00-21:00 Kanazawa Jazz Street 2016
The timetable of live music can be check via official website 〈click〉
access and parking
【Location】 for about 700m reverbed area between the Saigawa ohashi and Sakura bashi. (Kata-machi side)
【Getting there】Walking: 5 min walk from Kata-machi. Bus: 15 min by bus. Firstly, You take the 5, 8, 9, 10 bus from Kanazawa station to Kata-machi (in front of the Pasion/ パシオン) then walk 3 min from the bus stop. The bus fee is 200 yen/adult.
【Parking】There is no official parking area. You can use car parks around Kata-machi.
【The organizer】Kanazawa kata-machi machi-zukuri kaigi
【Supporter】Ishikawa prefecture, Kanazawa city
*The music event will be cancelled or changed timetable if the weather is bad.
There will be 20,000 LED lamp illuminated and each bulb have people’s love. Enjoy the beginning of Autumn in Kanazawa with the sound of river and the jazz music. Moreover, don’t miss out “Kanazawa Jazz Street” at daytime as well.
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