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Photo Journal: Lighting up the spirit

A large Christmas tree at the Sapporo Factory shopping mall in the city's Chuo Ward is illuminated in this recent photo. The roughly 15-meter high tree is decked out with some 40,000 LED light bulbs, helping those who lay eyes on it get into the Christmas mood. For the official lighting event held on Nov. 3, a crowd of approximately 5,000 people counted down for the switch to be flipped on by children, and shoppers let out sounds of awe as all the lights came alive at once. (Mainichi)

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