An expression of solidarity and prayer for peace

In response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Kyoto, a sister city of Kyiv, lit up the World Heritage site of 二条城 Nijō Castle in the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag on the evening of March 4th, 2022.

The lights will be turned on from sunset to 10 p.m. until March 15th, 2022, as an expression of solidarity with Ukraine and to wish for peace.

Nijo Castle: UNESCO World Heritage Site

Built in 1603, Nijo is the former Kyoto residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo Period. As one of the best surviving examples of feudal-era Japan castle palace architecture, it was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

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By - grape Japan editorial staff.