Are you looking for a unique and memorable way to spend your summer nights in Japan? If so, you might want to check out Enoshima Lanterns 2023, a spectacular light event that will take place on the island of Enoshima in Fujisawa City, Kanagawa Prefecture.

This event, which celebrates its 16th anniversary this year, features over 1,000 lanterns of various sizes and shapes, as well as a stunning light installation by VELVETA DESIGN, a professional team that specializes in creating atmospheric spaces with light.

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What is Enoshima Lanterns 2023?

Zuishinmon Gate, “Enka” (temple fair). (Image: VELVETA DESIGN)

Enoshima Lanterns 2023 is a summer light event that aims to promote the local area and showcase the beauty and charm of Enoshima Island.

The event is based on the legend of Enoshima Engi, which tells the story of how Enoshima Island was born. According to the legend, the goddess Benzaiten descended from heaven. The wicked five-headed dragon Gozuryu witnessed Benzaiten’s arrival and instantly fell in love with her. He proposed marriage but she insisted that he help the people of Koshigoe. Gozuryu agreed and dedicated himself to protecting the area. Recognizing his good intentions, Benzaiten and Gozuryu jointly safeguarded Koshigoe, leading to its prosperity.

The event features lanterns that depict scenes from this legend, as well as other motifs that evoke the summer season, such as goldfish, morning glories, and fireworks.

Zuishinmon Gate, “Enoshima Shrine in deep green”. (Image: VELVETA DESIGN)

The highlight of the event is the light installation “Light Picture Scroll” by VELVETA DESIGN, which transforms the Enoshima Shrine from the Zuishin Gate to the Benten Shrine into a magical and colorful spectacle.

The installation consists of seven scenes that tell the story of Enoshima Engi, as well as two new scenes that celebrate the beauty of Enoshima Shrine in summer and the festive atmosphere of a summer night market. Visitors are sure to enjoy this dynamic experience.

When and Where is Enoshima Lanterns 2023?

Hetsu-miya Shrine, “Matchmaking with celestial maiden.” (Image: VELVETA DESIGN)

Enoshima Lanterns 2023 will be held from July 15 to August 31, 2023. The event will take place on Enoshima Island, which is accessible by a bridge from the mainland. The event area covers the Enoshima Shrine, Nakamise Street, and other spots around the island.

The event hours are from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. every day, except for August 13 to August 15, when it will be extended until 10:00 p.m. The admission fee is free, but donations are welcome.

Enoshima
2-3, Enoshima, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa
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How to Enjoy Enoshima Lanterns 2023?

Hetsu-miya Shrine, “Flowers wishing for marriage” (Image: VELVETA DESIGN)

Here are some ways to enjoy Enoshima Lanterns 2023, depending on your preferences and mood.

Part of Enoshima Lanterns 2023 flyer (Image: VELVETA DESIGN)

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