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Photo Journal: Colossal culture


A huge Japanese umbrella created by workers from a traditional shop is seen at a factory in Nakatsu, Oita Prefecture, in western Japan on Sept. 4, 2018. The 8-meter-wide and 5-meter-long umbrella weighs 80 kilograms, has a frame made from the wood of 60 cedar trees and uses traditional Japanese paper for its canopy. The creators from the shop, called "Shu-ka," hope to have the umbrella listed in the Guinness World Records. The workers revived a traditional "Nakatsu Wagasa (Japanese umbrella)" from the Edo period, and they carefully worked on having the huge umbrella stand using a crane. The owner of the shop, Jiro Imayoshi, 65, said, "At least 30 people can take shelter under the umbrella from the rain." Imayoshi aims to make even a bigger umbrella in the future. (Mainichi)

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