Today marks six months since a devastating earthquake and tsunami caused radiation leaks at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant.
On Saturday night, hundreds of lanterns were released by survivors in the town of Soma just 40 kilometres from the plant, for the 459 people dead or missing from the prefecture.
“I hope this can help us feel more safe as everyone is very anxious about the future,” said local resident Yasu Araki.
“I think that this sort of event is a good first step towards recovery and rebuilding,” he added.
On Sunday, silent prayers will mark the moment the magnitude nine quake struck, triggering a tsunami that devastated swathes of Japan’s north-eastern coastline.
Other ceremonies will be held all over the country to mark the half-year anniversary.