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1.3 million LEDs light up Osaka's main street until end of December

Women enjoy taking photos on Midosuji Avenue, where trees are lit up with colorful LEDs in the "Midosuji Illumination" event, in Osaka's Chuo Ward on Nov. 3, 2021. (Mainichi/Tatsuya Fujii)=Click/tap photo for more images.

OSAKA -- The annual "Midosuji Illumination" event in this west Japan city began on Nov. 3, lighting up rows of ginkgo trees stretching some 4 kilometers along Midosuji Avenue with around 1.3 million colorful LEDs.

    Passersby were seen taking in the dreamy spectacle on the first day of the event, which will continue until the end of December.

    This is the 13th edition of the seasonal tradition. The light-up ceremony was canceled for the first time this year to prevent transmission of the coronavirus. This year's theme is a "symbolic street of light that connects people's thoughts," chosen with hope for a recovery from the pandemic. Plates bearing wishes for the health of family members, among other messages, have been installed on the street.

    The trees will be lit up between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. every day until the end of December.

    Other light-up events have been planned across Osaka Prefecture through the end of February 2022, including the "Osaka Light Renaissance" event to illuminate the area around the Osaka Municipal Government building between Dec. 14 and 25.

    (Japanese original by Hitoshi Sonobe, Osaka City News Department)

    In Photos: Osaka's Midosuji Avenue lures visitors with 1.3 million gleaming LEDs

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