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12-meter-tall Xmas tree lit up at Nagoya Station to offer hope amid pandemic

A 12-meter-tall Christmas tree is seen illuminated at JR Nagoya Station in Nagoya's Nakamura Ward on Nov. 11, 2020. (Mainichi/Koji Hyodo)

NAGOYA -- A 12-meter-tall Christmas tree set up at the entrance of JR Gate Tower at JR Nagoya Station in this central Japan city was lit up on Nov. 11.

    At 5 p.m. on the day, the colorful illumination started and people broke out into cheers. The theme of this year's tree is "Hope in our heart," with the goal of cheering up people amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. The lights on the tree are set to change color once every 15 minutes to the accompaniment of music. A lighting-up ceremony for the tree was canceled this year to prevent the spread of infections.

    People can view the Christmas tree until Dec. 25. The illumination of trees lining the streets around the station will continue until the end of January 2021.

    (Japanese original by Ayuko Nomura, Nagoya News Center)

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