image courtesy Grand Front Osaka

If you’re in Osaka, stop by the Grand Front shopping complex for a new-era surprise. The massive stairway in front of Osaka Station has been illuminated with shadow graphics that read 令和元年 (First Year of Reiwa). The stairway looks especially beautiful at night.

images courtesy Sankei News

The iconic stairway in front of Osaka Station features a series of seasonal, rotating displays of shadow art, particularly around holidays. Given that the last imperial era change was over 30 years ago, this is of course the first new era name that’s appeared on the stairway, which coincided with the first day of the new era: May 1, 2019. It will be on display to the public now through the end of May.