Since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster left multiple cities completely deserted, a number of videographers have ventured into the 20km “exclusion zone” either to find some dark secret or simply show people the situation. A recent video uploaded to YouTube takes more artistic angle in filming the disaster-affected areas.

The video, titled Time Lapse #053 Fukushima Hamadori 2012-03, uses time-lapse and the natural darkness produced by a town devoid of human inhabitants, the video captures stunning images of star-filled skies..

 According to the video’s YouTube description, “this video was taken in the south part of Minamisoma City in the Hamadori area of Fukushima inside of the 20km exclusion zone. There are a lot of strict limits on what we can do here… The sky was perfectly lit with stars. Someday, this place will be like it once was.”

The two and a half minute long video opens with a serene twinkling star juxtaposed with a warning sign about the nuclear disaster.  It goes to other locations slowly panning as it very gradually snaps the vibrantly glittering heavens.  Because of the time lapse technique, what are probably planes or satellites transform into shooting stars.

The last setup shows the Milky Way being washed out by a sunrise.  The transitions and colors make the those seconds seem epic. It’s a perfect match to the video’s final caption that reads, “Again sometime, in this land.”

It’s a somber reminder that the land under those stars won’t have people living on it for a long time.  According to some research it many take three to four decades.  However, seeing the horizon resting under the blanket of stars as it recovers leaves you with a feeling of hope for a lost land.


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