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Field Of Solar Powered Lanterns In Japan

Brad Shalder's close up of LED solar lantern

Brad Shalder's photo of solar lanterns in Japan

Brad Shalder's funky photo of LED solar lights in Japan

Toyama is the coolest prefecture in Japan. If you don’t believe me, just ask any of the octogenarians you meet there. They will tell you that not only does Toyama have the best rice in Japan, it also has the best sushi. What are the odds against that?

Well, technically, if the only information you have is Japan has 47 prefectures, then the odds are 1 to 2,209. But note this result also requires you to have no knowledge of human psychology.

In addition to the rice and raw fish, there is another amazing thing Toyama has, and that is what must be the most beautiful field of solar LED lanterns anywhere in the world.

My friend Brad took these photographs at Ushi-dake ski slope. The thousands of lanterns were apparently made by local school children and as can be seen in the close-up, they have a very simple and low-cost design that makes use of an empty drink bottle. Countries that are not so rich may be able to use a similar design to produce solar lights cheaply. And whether or not the design is worth imitating, they still make for quite a sight. But if you want to see them, you’d better hurry. They’ll only be up for one more day.

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