For a few weeks of December every year the Sendai Winter Park in the Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, becomes a spectacular celebration of ice and lights. Now in it’s 28th year, the event is extremely popular. Families and young couples come from far and wide come to see the lights, ice sculptures and, not least, to skate under the stars.

Skating has a special significance for the people of Sendai, because this is where figure-skating was invented. Magical as the whole experience is, it doesn’t just happen on it’s own. The outdoor ice rink is remade from scratch every year and decking the enormous trees that surround the rink with lights takes some doing. The tallest of them is a 30m high cedar on which a huge array of multi-colored lights pulses dazzling sequences.

“The community comes together to make this popular event what it is,” said Taegyu Son of Canadian Solar Japan. “And since we recently opened an office here we it only seemed right that we should get involved.” So Canadian Solar and a number of other local businesses teamed up to sponsor the event.


“When you see the pleasure that people, and especially the children, get out of the visual spectacle of all the lights on the trees reflected on the ice, as well as the fun they have on the ice rink one can only say that it was a great investment,” said Taegyu Son.


“While we are an international company we also see ourselves very much a part of every local community we happen to find ourselves in. We believe in contributing over and above the normal course of business because, ultimately, we are about making the difference to people’s lives in whatever way we can. In addition, the event is very much aligned with environmentally friendly practices which also aligns with Canadian Solar’s core values”.