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Southwest Japan hotel building all smiles in bid to beat coronavirus blues

A giant smiley face is shown on the Sheraton Grande Ocean Resort hotel building in the city of Miyazaki in this photo taken on April 14, 2020. (Mainichi/Takashi Kamiiriki)

MIYAZAKI -- Sheraton Grande Ocean Resort in this southwestern Japan city is attempting to cheer people up amid the coronavirus pandemic by using the lighting in guest rooms to show a giant smiley face, which can be viewed clearly from afar.

The illumination has been appreciated by those passing by, with voices saying that they received much energy and encouragement. As a result, the hotel has decided to extend the light-up period, which had been set to end on April 16, to until April 30.

A giant smiley, winking face is shown on the Sheraton Grande Ocean Resort hotel building in the city of Miyazaki in this photo taken on April 22, 2020. (Mainichi/Takashi Kamiiriki)

The hotel makes use of the lighting in around 170 rooms from the 17th to 32nd floors on the south side of the building. The illumination initially showed an ordinary smiley face with a mouth wide open in laughter, which was changed to a new winking version from April 16.

A representative of Phoenix Resort Co. that operates the hotel commented, "We wish for everyone to overcome this coronavirus crisis with a smile on their face."

(Japanese original by Takashi Kamiiriki, Miyazaki Bureau)

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