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Japan Photo Journal: New age lantern

(Mainichi/Toshiki Miyama)

Paper lanterns depicting era names dating back to the Edo period (1603-1868) hang under illuminated cherry blossom trees at the Gotenyama Trust City complex in Tokyo's Shinagawa Ward as seen in this April 2, 2019 photo. The lanterns have become a hit with the public since the newly announced "Reiwa" era lantern was added on April 1. The lantern, which is made of traditional Japanese paper, is 140 centimeters tall and 75 centimeters wide. Mami, the calligrapher for the Reiwa lantern, drew the new era's kanji immediately after its announcement on April 1. The lanterns are on display under the trees from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily (depending on the weather) until April 7. They will be moved to a hotel inside the complex on April 8.

    (Japanese original by Toshiki Miyama, Photo Group)

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