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Hundreds of paper lanterns are released into the air in Soma City, Fukushima Prefecture, on Saturday night. The event, organized by fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto, was part of a memorial ceremony for the 459 people dead or missing from the city after the March 11 disaster.

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Beautiful photo! I wish I could've seen it for real!

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Yeah, that must be quite something to see.

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This reminds of the movie Tangled!!!

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These kind of events are always moving. In particular the lanterns floated down the river in Hiroshima on the anniversary of the atomic bombing are particularly sad and beautiful. Maybe one day we'll learn that nuclear is not the answer, be it for power or for war.

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Beautiful words, the small business. Fukushima children need medication from the radiation, rather than lanterns.

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smithinjapanSEP. 11, 2011 - 11:54AM JST These kind of events are always moving. In particular the lanterns floated down the river in Hiroshima on the anniversary of the atomic bombing are particularly sad and beautiful. Maybe one day we'll learn that nuclear is not the answer, be it for power or for war.

Absolutely totally agree!

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Why is anyone going anywhere near Fukushima? Surely it is just as ultra-radioactive as when the reactors went into meltdown.

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smithinjapan

You may think I'm nitpicking, but this photo is of lanterns released in memorium for 459 dead and missing victims of the earthquake and ensuing tsunami. It has nothing to do with the accidents at the nuclear power plants because the ceremony was for the missing and dead who were NOT affected by any radiation. You've cleverly used the similarly beautiful lanterns from Hiroshima as a segue but your anti-nuclear post here is simply off topic for this photo and thread.

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Those one thousand paper lanterns are a beautiful sight. I wish I was among the 900 participants.

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yeah... the victims of the disaster deserves this kind of beautiful event. wish i had a chance to see this

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That looks very cool. But I am also thinking fire hazard...

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Why is anyone going anywhere near Fukushima? Surely it is just as ultra-radioactive as when the reactors went into meltdown.

Actually, Soma is not badly affected by radiation - they were lucky in terms of wind I guess. The town has been absolutely devastated - having seen it first hand - much of it will never be rebuilt. Rest in Peace to all the souls.

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I should have qualified that statement - Soma city is less affected by radiation than other cities much further away in Fukushima-Ken. It is only around 24km from the plant. ANY elevated reading is too high, absolutely.

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