Japanese cheerleaders danced and cheered on commuters exterior a Tokyo rail station on Thursday in a bid to raise spirits with the capital heading into one other state of emergency over the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Let’s go, fight!” the four-person squad shouted out to passers-by in entrance of Shimbashi Station, with their protecting face shields fogging up within the chilly Tokyo morning as they waved gold pom poms.
Japan is planning a one-month state of emergency for the larger Tokyo space starting Friday to include a file surge in coronavirus infections.
Head cheerleader Kumi Asazuma mentioned the group had been performing for greater than 10 years to assist energise morning commuters, however their mission had taken on new which means in the course of the pandemic.
“Especially now, the spread of the coronavirus isn’t stopping, people have lost their jobs … I think this is a period where people are really suffering a lot,” Asazuma, 37, who works as a contract occasion emcee and presenter, instructed Reuters.
“We want to deliver a smile to cheer people up. We’re doing this hoping that people can feel even a little bit better.”
Cheerleaders from her group typically carry out Thursdays in Tokyo and Fridays in neighbouring Kanagawa prefecture, with the variety of performers relying on the provision of members as additionally they have jobs.
But they may possible need to carry out remotely, posting movies on social media, in the course of the state of emergency, she mentioned.
About a dozen folks stopped to take smartphone images and movies whereas others watched as they filtered out from the station in the direction of their workplaces.
“I think it’s wonderful what they’re doing in the current situation,” mentioned Tomoko Tsudanuma, 48, an workplace employee.
“I’ll be working at home from next week and it’s hard but I feel encouraged from watching this kind of activity,”