[Enjoying the Night View]
When we hear the word "night view," we imagine artificially created city lights such as the lights of skyscrapers, winter illuminations, and night views of factories. But since ancient times, Japanese people have enjoyed night views created by nature. Many poems about night scenes created by natural light such as the moon and stars can be found in the Manyoshu, the oldest extant collection of waka poems in Japan, dating from the end of the Nara period (710-794). It seems that poets wrote about their wishes for safe voyages and feelings of loss of loved ones, recalling the moon and stars in the night sky.
In "Meisho Edo Hyakkei: Saruwakacho Yoru no Kei," painted by Hiroshige Utagawa in his later years, a beautiful full moon is depicted along with people walking along a night street illuminated by the moonlight. In this painting, the clothes of people illuminated by artificial lighting in buildings are painted in blue, while the clothes of people on the night street illuminated by moonlight are painted in monotone colors such as black and gray. This is said to express the delicate light of the full moon. The depiction of human figures stretched out in the moonlight is also said to have influenced Van Gogh's painting "Café Terrace at Night."
The most familiar night view for us is the night view of the city created by streetlights, but did you know that each color has a psychological effect on the night view? Blue calms the mind, while orange warms the heart. This psychological effect is thought to be the reason why the night view calms the mind and makes one want to look at it for a while. It might be a good idea to enjoy the night view as a relaxing time to heal your daily fatigue.
Kitakyushu City, where the Wakamatsu Showroom is located, was selected this year as No. 1 in the ranking of "Japan's New Three Great Night View Cities." From the top of Mt. Sarakura, you can see a panoramic view of Kitakyushu City centering on Dokai Bay. The powerful view will overwhelm you every time you see it. From Mt. Takatoyama, a 10-minute drive from the Wakamatsu Showroom, you can also see the beautiful Wakato Ohashi Bridge, which is illuminated and glows even redder than during the day. Since the summer heat still seems to be lingering, how about enjoying the cool of the evening while watching the night scenery?