Ocean Day in Odaiba

World Ocean Day is on June 8.


In Japan, Ocean Day is a national holiday that is held every year on the third Monday of July.


A very notable Ocean Day celebration is in Odaiba. The event consists of paper lanterns lighting up the entire Odaiba Marine Park, which is deemed as one of the most romantic spots of the city.

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The entire beach front is illuminated taking away the concrete look of Tokyo.


It is a full-on light festival with music, booths, and the crowd :).


The patterns and designs are laid out by citizen volunteers.

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Japan’s Ocean Day is a relatively holiday – started only in 1996 – to show appreciation to the ocean and consider its importance noting that the island nation is surrounded by water.

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  1. This is amazing. At 1st I thought the lanterns were floating on the ocean (for ocean day) and was wondering why they were not floating away. Very beautiful Rommel! πŸ™‚

  2. That is really beautiful. I just wonder about what happens afterwards with all those lanterns and whether they are removed so that they do not land up in the ocean (as pollution). That would be a great shame.
    Beautiful photographs.

  3. Wonder if this would work on our city beaches. It takes a long time to fill the bags with sand, light the candles and set the whole thing out in our neighborhood on Christmas Eve, of course it would be a lot easier in the warmth of summer.

    Putting all that side thinking away I have to say the shots are lovely!

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