Saturday, January 07, 2006



I’ve always found it interesting that the Japanese use the word “illumination” to describe the lights that go up during the holidays. This term has a sort of sophistication and implication that the term “lights” just doesn’t have.

This was taken outside the Nagoya JR station, and shows some “Christmas” trees, along with celestial beings prancing across the Milky Way. It may not be standard holiday iconography, but I like the imaginative world that this display shows; how else do you really capture the quality of the celestial beings in any other medium? After all, the whole “illuminated Christmas tree” thing comes from the pagans anyway.

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