Beautiful lanterns of all sizes and caricature are seen at malls and on parade during many holidays in Japan. This celebration was especially nice to see in a part of Japan still recovering from a triple trauma of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear leak. Sendai airport was under 10+ feet of water after the 3/11/11 disaster. Although this sound like a small volume compared to Fukushima at 30 meters, one has to remember Sendai is 3 miles from the Pacific Ocean.
These beautiful and fun lanterns can light up the parades at night, and leave a glow on the faces of all the observers.