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Huge laser display in west Japan wishing for 'love and peace' sets world record

A huge laser phrase reading "Love and Peace" is seen projected on a rock face in Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture, on May 24, 2022. (Mainichi/Yukihiro Takeuchi)

SHIRAHAMA, Wakayama -- A huge laser projection which showed the phrase "Love and Peace" on a rock face at a west Japan beach was recognized by Guinness World Records as "the largest laser light beam sentence."

    The phrase, measuring 16 by 205.566 meters, was projected onto a rock face at a beach in the town of Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture, on the night of May 24. The endeavor was planned by Ojas Co., a business in the town that manages a hotel in the area.

    Ojas Co. President Norihiko Kinta, left, receives a certificate from a Guinness World Records official in Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture, on May 24, 2022. (Mainichi/Yukihiro Takeuchi)

    Since July 2021, the company has been holding laser shows for hotel guests every night. During the displays, birthday messages among other phrases and shapes are projected for hotel guests. The company took on the Guinness challenge to have many people learn about these services. As the division was new, the projection was to be deemed a world record if a sentence covering an area exceeding 3,000.44 square meters could be shown for five minutes.

    On this day, four laser projectors were placed on the beach and light beams were projected onto a rock face about 200 meters away. The "Love and Peace" message apparently contained wishes for an early end to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Though there were temporary mechanical issues, the phrase, covering an area of 3,289.056 square meters, was able to be projected in the pitch dark.

    President Norihiko Kinta, 59, who received a certificate from Guinness World Records staff, commented, "I'd like this to be an opportunity for laser projections to spread in the town including Shirarahama beach. I'd like the town to make efforts to promote tourism."

    (Japanese original by Yukihiro Takeuchi, Tanabe Local Bureau)

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