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Kyoto World Heritage shrine packed with giant, luminous objets d'art

Illuminated objets are seen at a nighttime art event at Shimogamo Shrine in Kyoto's Sakyo Ward on Aug. 30, 2019. (Mainichi/Ai Kawahira)

KYOTO -- Art group "teamLab" has given an otherworldly nighttime glow to the grounds of the UNESCO World Heritage Shimogamo Shrine in this ancient city's Sakyo Ward with a bevy of large, illuminated globes in shifting colors.

The 200-meter-long main approach to the shrine, through an old-growth forest, is lined with panels displaying people and animals walking. While walking along the approach toward the torii gate before the shrine, visitors are confronted with countless egg-shaped objets -- some even taller than adult humans -- that change color when touched. Within the Romon Gate, the entrance to the shrine proper, more of the luminous objets are found floating on Mitarashi Pond.

The event is open from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. until Sept. 2. The entrance is closed at 9:30 p.m. The fee is 1,300 yen for junior high school student and older on weekdays, and 1,500 yen on Saturday and Sunday. It's free for elementary school children and younger.

For inquiries, call Kyodo Information at 0570-200-888 (in Japanese).

(Japanese original by Ai Kawahira, Kyoto Bureau)

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