KYOTO–“Sakura” in full blossom are already attracting visitors to Nijo Castle here, thanks to a projection mapping show.
Cherry blossom-inspired digital images are being projected on to the UNESCO World Heritage site’s Karamon gate, which is designated as an important cultural property. The digital images show the cherry blossoms in full bloom and petals blowing about beautifully.
Real cherry blossoms have also just started to bloom at the castle, but have not yet reached their peak. The digital sakura continues through April 16.
It is being held for the first time to mark the 150th anniversary of when the castle hosted the Taisei Hokan event, in which political power was returned to the emperor by the Tokugawa Shogunate.
The current event’s motif is the spirit of sakura that is often featured in traditional Noh plays.