"Merry Umbrellas" at Kansai Airport JAL Counter in Collaboration with the "Merry Project"

The Merry Umbrella Project kicked off at Kansai International Airport.

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The Merry Umbrella Project kicked off at Japan Air Lines Co., Ltd.'s (JAL) domestic counter at Kansai International Airport in Izumisano, Osaka Prefecture on December 4.

The project is a collaboration with JAL to create communicative art through smiles. Thirty-nine umbrellas printed with large smiling faces of children have been hung above the boarding processing counter on the south side of the airport's second floor in a production that presents a sea of smiles for travelers.

According to the Merry Umbrella Project, the organization has set up other exhibitions in Japan and elsewhere such as the Beijing Olympics and the Shanghai World Expo, while the exhibit at Kansai International is the second at an airport following the one at Chubu International Airport (or "Centrair") in August of this year. "We hope the smiles of the children on the umbrellas will also bring smiles to travelers at Kansai International Airport," said a JAL spokesperson.

The exhibit will be on display until December 25.