Tokyo: A shrine in western Japan is displaying a giant sculpture of a mouse, the zodiac animal for the year 2020.
On Sunday, members of a volunteer group and local children put the three-meter-tall mouse at the entrance of Tatsumizu Shrine in the town of Misato in Mie Prefecture.
The group makes a giant zodiac sign every year to pray for people’s happiness and an abundant harvest.
It took about one month to create the polystyrene sculpture. The golden mouse is holding a torch as the members hope that many Japanese athletes will win gold medals at next year’s Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The group’s leader, Kimio Masui, wished everyone a prosperous New Year. He added that he hopes the Tokyo Games will revitalize Japan.
The jumbo zodiac sign will be on display at the shrine until the end of February.