Friday, June 22, 2007

Candle Night

Today is the Summer Solstice, the longest day (and therefore, the shortest night) in the year. [You can find out why at Summer Solstice (in Japanese)]

Also, tonight is Candle Night. Candle Night appears to have been started in Japan in 2003, but it is quickly becoming an international event. The organisers want everybody all over the world to turn their lights off and use candles from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm tonight. They hope that this will help save energy, encourage people to think about peace, and connect all the people of the world through the shared experience of candlelight.

You can find out more at The Official Candle Night Homepage. They also have a list of Candle Night Events in Osaka, including a Candle Night Party in Covent Garden, a friendly foreigner/Japanese bar in Kita Horie.

So, make sure you pick up some candles today and join the rest of the world in celebrating Candle Night tonight!

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