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'Japan's tallest swing' to ride again in Yamaguchi

"Japan's tallest swing" is seen at the site of the Yamaguchi Yume Flower Expo in the prefectural capital of Yamaguchi on Sept. 14, 2018. (Mainichi/Mikio Hori)

YAMAGUCHI --- "Japan's tallest swing" measuring 30 meters in height will return to action at least on weekends from mid-November through late December, according to the Yamaguchi Prefectural Government in western Japan.

The one-person swing, a main attraction at the now over Yamaguchi Yume Flower Expo in the prefectural capital of Yamaguchi, will operate from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays between Nov. 17 and Dec. 24, according to the local government that organized the event. The ride will be dismantled after that.

During the expo from Sept. 14 through Nov. 4, the giant installation proved exceptionally popular with many people lining up for a turn to ride it. To accommodate more guests, the organizer extended the hours of operation by 3 1/2 hours from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. from Oct. 1. Yet many visitors went home without being able to use the swing and expressed hope that the attraction would remain operational even after the event.

"We'd be happy if people that lined up but could not ride the swing during the expo can use it this time around," said a prefectural official in charge.

(Japanese original by Eijiro Matsuda, Yamaguchi Bureau)

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