• Kyodo


Sightseers are flocking to the mountain town of Minobu, Yamanashi Prefecture, to look at elaborately illuminated homes, a practice started by residents of just two of the houses in 2000 to entertain their grandchildren.

The December custom has spread to 38 houses and is drawing visitors from as far away as Tokyo. On Dec. 10 alone, more than 1,500 people showed up to see the houses and gardens in a narrow 500-meter-long alley.

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