Lighting up Sasebo

There hasn’t been any snow yet, and there may not be any at all, but we recently took a weekend to enjoy the “winter” season of Japan. There’s nothing better on our first winter in Sasebo than walking around and looking at the beautiful lights strung up around the city. You won’t find just lights wrapped around a tree or two, but whole, elaborate light displays as well. Snow may be missing from this picture, but the lights sure made up for the holiday/winter feel!

Our first stop was the Kira Kira Festival in downtown Sasebo:

Kira Kira Festival starts end of November, lighting up the city with lights!
Kira Kira Festival starts end of November, lighting up the city with lights!
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Shopping ginza decorated with lights for the festival.

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Steve in the lights.
Steve in the lights.
Me in the lights.
Me in the lights.

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Bar in the back of a van :)
Bar in the back of a van 🙂

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A Catholic Church lit up.
A Catholic Church lit up.

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The next afternoon we took a train ride out to Huis ten Bosch to see their Illumination Show. This Dutch theme park had displayed 10,000 lights all over the park. It was beautiful!

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Vito- Ice Cream parlor on the way into the park.
Vito- Ice Cream parlor on the way into the park.
Crazy selection of ice-cream flavors.
Crazy selection of ice-cream flavors.

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Took a break at the Flower Ice Cafe. An ice bar that is -10 degrees celcius.
Took a break at the Flower Ice Cafe. An ice bar that is -10 degrees celcius.

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Awesome ice sculptures!

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Bartender making our ice drinks.
Bartender making our ice drinks.

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Watching the parade as it made its way through the park’s streets:

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Then on to the rest of the park:

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Steve inside the large wooden Dutch clog.
Steve inside the large wooden Dutch clog.
Me in the clog.
Me in the clog.
Steve trying on huge wooden clogs :)
Steve trying on huge wooden clogs 🙂
Light show at the Thriller park.
Light show at the Thriller park.

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Ice skating.
Ice skating.
Off to explore the Art Garden!
Off to explore the Art Garden!

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Then up the tower we went for a heightened view of the Illumination Show:

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Our roots will forever be from here, America, born and raised. Yet, life requires us to move more frequently than we care to count. Whether living stateside or abroad, you can always find us traveling somewhere. We scout out places that you only think you can dream of one day seeing and we seek out those that aren’t found in guidebooks. We then bring them to life here in our travel memos, so hopefully, one day you too can visit them or at least be able to live vicariously through us. This blog isn’t just about crossing off places from a bucket list. It’s about absorbing and learning how other cultures grow and fit into the same world that we do. Life is short and the world is big. Enjoy and get out there!

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