Giant puppet from Japan tsunami-hit region stages show ahead of Olympics
19 July 2021 | 11:16 am
A ten-metre-tall puppet which is part of Tokyo Olympics' cultural programme arrives in the capital from tsunami-hit Tohoku region. Mocco, an imaginary creature from the land of Japan's northeastern region, set off on the journey in mid-May, and staged a show in a park in downtown Tokyo. But due to Covid-19 measures, no spectators were allowed.
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