Fireworks lit up the skies across Japan on Friday to mark one year to go until the start of the postponed Tokyo Olympics and lift the country's mood amid the new coronavirus pandemic.

The fireworks were set off for a minute and a half from 8 p.m. Junior Chamber International Japan said it organized the event in the hope that the fireworks would be a signal for the rebirth of Japan, overcoming the stagnation caused by the virus.

Locations of the fireworks were not made public in advance to avoid the spread of the virus caused by the potential mass gathering.

Tokyo area (Kyodo)
Daisen, Akita Prefecture (Kyodo)

Related coverage:

Japan fireworks makers look to light up coronavirus-hit industry

Organizers pull plug on Fuji Rock Festival due to coronavirus

Japan skies lit up with fireworks to brighten mood amid coronavirus