Fireworks mark planned start of Tokyo Olympics
NHK -- Jul 25
Fireworks lit up the skies across Japan at 8 p.m. on Friday, which was to be the date of the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics before it was postponed.

The Junior Chamber International Japan organized the displays with fireworks companies across the country, hoping they would signal a fresh start despite the coronavirus pandemic.

In Tokyo's Akishima City, 60 fireworks were set off in a display lasting about 90 seconds.

The organizers did not disclose where the displays would take place to prevent people from crowding the sites, which could cause infection risks.

Passers-by were delighted by the surprise events and took photos as fireworks lit up the sky.

A woman in her 40s was with her family when she saw the fireworks. She said she will never forget the 90-second fireworks show, as it was something special during this difficult time with the virus.

The woman said the one-year postponement of the Olympics was disappointing for her, as she had bought tickets. But she said she is looking forward to seeing the games next year.

東京オリンピックの開会式が予定されていた24日午後8時、全国各地の青年会議所が花火業者と協力し、『新たな始まり』への願いを込めた花火を打ち上げました。人が集まるのを避けるため、場所は明かさないサプライズで、時間も、わずか1分30秒ほどでした。花火を見た人は「音が大きくて良い感じだと思った」「こういう状況なので、いろんな思いを乗せた打ち上げ花火。勇気づけられた」と話します。当初は、全国121カ所で打ち上がる予定でしたが、雨のため117カ所となりました。花火師の鈴木義隆さんは「花火の音が聞こえたら、自然と夜空を見てもらえるので、一日でも多く上を向いて前に進んでいってほしい」と話します。
News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
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