Kobe, Japan

Seasonal illuminations around Christmas time have become a popular attraction in cities across Japan and none is more beautiful than the Kobe Luminarie. After the Kobe earthquake of 1995, Italy donated thousands of hand-painted bulbs to the city and these were transformed into an intricate, gothic-style luminarie designed by Valerio Festi and Hirokazu Imaoka. The tradition continues, and every year from Dec. 1-12, around four million locals and tourists alike come to celebrate Japan's enduring resilience near Higashi-Yuenchi Park.

( Shuko Yasumi/Getty Images / November 30, 2012 )

Seasonal illuminations around Christmas time have become a popular attraction in cities across Japan and none is more beautiful than the Kobe Luminarie. After the Kobe earthquake of 1995, Italy donated thousands of hand-painted bulbs to the city and these were transformed into an intricate, gothic-style luminarie designed by Valerio Festi and Hirokazu Imaoka. The tradition continues, and every year from Dec. 1-12, around four million locals and tourists alike come to celebrate Japan's enduring resilience near Higashi-Yuenchi Park.

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