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>> Candle Night Summer Solstice 2009--Report on June 21
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>> Enjoy the Starlight--The International Year of Astronomy 2009
>> Event: 'Dim It' in Hong Kong-- Lights-out Event on June 21 (Updated)
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>> Brief Report on Candle Night December 2008
>> Candle Night in Slovenia--Event Report in December 2009
>> Candle Night in Zenryouji Temple--'Go home make a wish'
>> Recreating Ancient Night of 'Heian' Dynasty--Lights-down at Kyoto Gyoen Forests
>> Event Report: Dim It--Hong Kong
>> Event Report: Lights Out Day in China
>> Event Report: Lights Out Day--Taiwan
>> Event Report: Candle Night Korea
>> Over 65,000 Facilities to Join--MOE's Lights Down Campaign
>> Event Update: Candle Night Korea
>> Brief Report of Candle Night Winter Solstice 2007
>> Artist's Performances--Candle Night in Governador Valadares, Brazil
>> Getting the Candle Night Message Across to the World--Fuji Xerox Co.
>> A Family's Wishes on Candle Night--The Story of Ivory
>> Effects of MOE's "Lights Down" Campaign June 2007
>> Candle Night in Taipei 2007
>> Candle Night Summer Solstice 2007 in Tokyo
>> MOE's 'Lights Down Campaign'--Black Illumination 2007
>> Mauritius held the 2nd Candle Night.
>> "Five-minute Action" took place in Europe, Feb 1, 2007
>> Reports from Overseas--December 2006
>> Candle Night Winter Solstice 2006--Kobe, Japan
>> Preparation also Underway in Candlelight--South Korea Winter 2006
>> A Brief Report of Candle Night Summer Solstice 2006
>> MOE's Black Illumination 2006
>> National Candle Night in Mauritius 2006
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>> Beeswax candle workshop and volunteer meeting at JFS
>> Candle Night Winter Solstice 2006--Rikkyo University
>> A Living Organism--Candle Night in Sapporo 2005
>> Candle Night in Shanghai 2005
>> Greetings to Candle Nighters on the other side of the world.
>> Candle Night in South Korea 2005
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>> 'Candle Night'-Summer Solstice 2004 in Japan

Candle Night Summer Solstice 2007 in Tokyo

On this year's summer solstice, a variety of Candle Night events were held across Japan. The number of events registered reached 897, and it is still rising. Many people enjoyed their own Candle Nights. This year, a collaborative event was also organized through cooperation between South Korea and Japan.

In Tokyo, one of the biggest Candle Night events was held along Omotesando Avenue, a popular shopping area with plenty of fashionable boutiques including international brand stores. For example, at Omotesando Hills, a major commercial complex on the avenue, roughly 20,000 light-emitting diode (LED) lights on the outside wall of the building were turned off and children lit some 500 candles on the evening of June 22. Many other events were also organized at different buildings in the area, including an installation of a candle-lit area for reading and knitting. With gentle candlelight, Omotesando Avenue, which is usually full of electrical lightings at night, looked different on this year's summer solstice.

In Shiba Park near Tokyo Tower, a "Lights Down" event was organized on June 24 by Daichi O Mamoru Kai (The Association to Preserve the Earth), and co-hosted by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan. During the event, roughly 300 candles were lit in the park. Several stalls offered dishes made of home-grown food and people enjoyed an acoustic live music concert. Then the lights of Tokyo Tower were turned off at 8:00 p.m. It was amazing to see the moment when the lights of the tower went out. Without lights, a familiar sight looks completely different. By turning off the lights, we saw the atmosphere and impressions of places change drastically and instantly--that is one of the things we can find through the Candle Night. 

Also at the event in Shiba Park, a lights-down event at N Seoul Tower in South Korea was reported live in collaboration with Korean Women's Environmental Network (KWEN).In Seoul, the lights of N Seoul Tower were turned off at 9:00 p.m. "On the day of the lights-down event, more than 800 people gathered around the tower. An additional 45 Candle Night events were organized, by environmental or peace-related non-governmental organizations and cafes across the city. The dark night without lights reminds us of senses and feelings that we have forgotten. We could change the world by stepping out of our daily lives just for two hours on the summer solstice," says Park Eun Jin of KWEN.

We hope more and more people join in the Candle Night to spread a gentle wave of candlelight across the world in the future.

To see the messages sent to the Candle Night Committee, go to;http://feel.candle-night.org/scape/

This year, we received the registration of events from outside Japan, including India.

Candle Night is not an event held only on the summer solstice but the one you can enjoy anytime throughout a year--so why don't you join us and enjoy on your own Candle Night?

August 7, 2007