Last weekend saw the inaugural celebration of the Hotaru Arts Festival in Tokyo, Japan. The bash was kicked off with a special treat from the brain team behind Panasonic in the form of a light installation project tying in with the theme of the festival, ‘Hikari no Symphony‘ (or, in English, ‘symphony of light’).
The word ‘Hotaru‘ translates to ‘fireflies’ in English, and the luminous beauty of the creatures was certainly captured – though by no easy means. With the idea in mind to essentially light up one of Tokyo’s main rivers, Panasonic created an orb that lights up upon making contact with water through a sensor on the bottom. Dubbed the ‘Inoriboshi‘ (‘prayer stars’), the design of each orb includes one of Panasonic’s HIT photovaltaic cells, an LED chip, and a rechargeable (reportedly solar-powered) battery.
The end result? Take a look for yourself at these photos. 100,000 Inoriboshi ‘fireflies’ transforming the Sumida River into an ethereal, luminous blue water-sky.
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