‘Do not lose against COVID’ among messages formed using lights from hotel windows in Fukushima

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Japanese characters meaning “Don’t lose” using hotel room lights are seen through a snowstorm at the Listel Inawashiro Hotel in Inawashiro Town, Fukushima Prefecture on November 27, 2021. (Mainichi / Kengo Miura)

INAWASHIRO, Fukushima – An event to send positive messages using window lighting in rooms took place at a hotel in this northeastern Japanese city on the night of November 27.

The “Light Up Message” event started in 2000 at the Listel Inawashiro Hotel in Inawashiro Town, Fukushima Prefecture. The posts were selected from submissions from the general public, with this year’s event reflecting the coronavirus pandemic.

The lights formed Japanese words meaning “Don’t lose against COVID-19” and “Fight, Fukushima,” as well as a tiger pattern and letters associated with the Chinese zodiac next year. The event used 298 rooms and around 850 people participated.

Hidemi Tsukii, General Manager of the hotel, said: “The message reflects our desire to restore normal daily life. I hope the pandemic will subside next year.

(Japanese original from Kengo Miura, local Aizuwakamatsu office)

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