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Olympic eye: Mood heating up as countdown hits 1-year mark

People are seen posing for photos among the Olympic rings set up outside the New National Stadium in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, on July 18, 2019. (Mainichi/Koichiro Tezuka)

TOKYO -- With July 24 marking exactly one year until the 2020 Olympics begin in Tokyo, the New National Stadium's Olympic Rings have become an eye-catching spot for people to take photos in anticipation of next summer's global event.

People were seen posing for photos in front of the monument for the five Olympic rings, while the New National Stadium, now nearing 90% completion, stood in the background dyed deep blue from the dusky evening light, quietly anticipating the bustle to come next year.

Hayato Hagita, 22, a student from the capital's Itabashi Ward, said, "I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of atmosphere Tokyo will have a year from now. I used to do track and field, so I want to see the Japan relay team compete."

Large-scale Olympic monuments are set for installation in areas including the coastal part of the Odaiba area in Tokyo Bay and Mount Takao in the suburban city of Hachioji, beginning around January next year. As the country looks toward summer 2020, the Olympic mood appears to be gradually warming up too.

(Japanese original by Koichiro Tezuka, Photo Group)

* This series introduces Olympic-themed photos ahead of the Tokyo Games, which will open on July 24, 2020.

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