The piles of debris were gone. The cars deposited on top of apartment buildings and ships stranded on streets by the March 11, 2011 tsunami have been carted off for recycling. The "smell of death" has been replaced with the fragrance of fresh cut pine and construction.
I'm surrounded by thousands of glowing jellyfish suspended in a black ocean. I reached out and touched one - really a glowing paper lantern. It's easy to get swept up in the magic, forgetting the real meaning - releasing sin - behind this festival called Yee Peng.