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‘Flowers’ bloom between Singapore and Tokyo despite travel ban

By AFP
22 November 2020   |   3:53 pm
A new art installation in Tokyo and Singapore lets people "blow" dandelion fluff across to each other at a time when the coronavirus has closed international borders.

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