Digital cherry tree blooms in Tokyo

The Yomiuri Shimbun

An art istallation imitating a cherry tree that changes color in reaction to the wind, on Thursday in Chuo Ward, Tokyo

The Yomiuri Shimbun An event in which an art installation uses LED lights to imitate cherry blossoms and restaurants offer dishes on the same theme started Friday in the Nihonbashi district of Chuo Ward, Tokyo.

The art installation was revealed to the press on Thursday as part of the event, which is called “Nihonbashi Sakura Festival.”

It has been made to look like a 10-meter-high tree and is decorated with about 100,000 LED lights. It is named “The Tree of Light — Light-Up Cherry Blossoms” and reacts to the wind by changing its color.

Other art installations in the event include “Sakura Carpet,” a path of interactive cherry blossoms, and an illumination of the Mitusi Honkan building, a national important cultural asset. The event will run through April 7.

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