Year of 2017

Rice terraces with lights, Wajima, Japan

This nightly display in the community of Wajima, Japan, has its roots in a tragedy. In March of 2007, the region was hit by a 6.9 earthquake, an event that injured more than 300 people and caused one death. As a memorial, people here placed candles around their rice fields. The candles were later replaced with solar lanterns–and the tradition continues today.

Wajima is a city located in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. The city was founded on March 31, 1954. As of 2008, the city has an estimated population of 31,532 and a population density of 74 persons per km². The total area is 426.25 km².
Population: 26,071 (2017)
Area: 164.58 sq miles (426.25 km²)