Images themed on cherry blossoms are projected onto the Karamon gate of Kyoto's famed Nijo Castle on the evening of March 20, 2020, delighting visitors to the World Heritage site. While tourist numbers in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, are on the decline due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, throngs of people flocked to the square in front of the gate on the first day of the three-day weekend to take in the extravaganza unfolding at the Edo-period castle in Nakagyo Ward. Organizers, including the Kyoto Municipal Government, called on visitors not to congregate to prevent the spread of the virus. The projection mapping will continue until April 12.
(Japanese original by Mai Suganuma, Kyoto Bureau)