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Just what the planet needs.

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A beautiful picture from a beautiful country.

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Yea, let's turn the countryside into Akihabara. Ridiculous.

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Either way, argumentatively, it reminds me of a maze I designed and planted, years ago, that became a civic attraction. Nothing wrong with appreciation of fun.

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Jesus, what a waste. Just think how many dark roads they could have lit up. I really don't like walking or cycling along Japanese streets where I'm at the mercy of car lights and no street lights, even if I have my own lights.

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Watch out for bears...

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Ridiculous,  light pollution and a waste of , no doubt, government money. 

It is shameless and thoughtless. Is that the best they can come up with to promote themselves.

With me, in any case, it works counterproductive.

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I have visited this rugged landscape at the tip of the Noto Hanto. I have to say those lights really look tacky strung up along the terraces of such a naturally beautiful place.

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I've been here, but only during the day and when there were no illuminations. It actually looks better without them, but I would warn that the paddies here are only about 200m across. This strikes me as a symbol of the vacuousness of tourism. Please travel 200km or more to see our tiny protected bit of scenery. The Noto Hanto is a very nice area, but they promote it by inviting people to take exactly the same photo as everyone else.

You can see valley-wide rice terraces covering entire hillsides at the Bontoc/Sagada region in the Phillipines. It is far more spectacular. There's a great cave tour there as well.

Most paddy fields in Japan have been bulldozed into large rectangles to allow mechanical farming. Remember that the next time you see a photo of a rice field as a proxy for nature. The bulldozing was with or subsidized by taxpayer money.

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I can see none of you have experienced senmaida when they had volunteers placing lit candles all around the fields. Had a more appealing atmosphere than these unnatural LEDs.

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I've just remembered the great sunset photos I took there. That'll be impossible now.

Can they not keep all that tack in Urayasu where it belongs?

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All this for...bright rice?

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