Tokyo Tower Lit Up as Lotus Flower for Buddha Film

posted on by Egan Loo
Light display to mark opening of anime based on Osamu Tezuka manga

Tokyo Tower, the symbolic landmark of Japan's capital, will be lit up in the image of a lotus flower next weekend to mark the May 28 opening of the Tezuka Osamu no Buddha -Akai Sabaku yo! Utsukushiku- anime film. The film is the first part in a trilogy based on the late Osamu Tezuka's Buddha manga. (The photograph to the right is of Tokyo Tower with one of its usual light displays for Christmas, unrelated to the upcoming lotus flower display.)

The lotus flower light display was originally intended to run March 30-31 and April 4-8 to mark the birthday of the religious figure Buddha; April 8 has been designated as Lotus Day. However, the display was postponed in the aftermath of the March 11 Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster, out of consideration for the victims and electrical supply issues.

The revamped, more energy-efficient display will use 50 to 65% less power. Lighting designer Motoko Ishii was responsible for the display. The planners intend to continue the new tradition next year and beyond on Lotus Day.

Source: Anime Anime Japan

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