Osaka's famous Glico sign showing a running man is now being lit up by LED lights instead of neon. The new sign, in the Dotonbori district, was unveiled on Thursday night, with actress Haruka Ayase and officials from food maker Ezaki Glico Co on hand.
The iconic sign, which has been around since 1935, now uses 140,000 LEDs, TV Asahi reported. The LED version is the sixth time the sign has been redone -- the last makeover being 16 years ago.
Work began on the sign in August. The new version is 20 meters tall and 10 meters wide. It will be lit up from 6 p.m. until 12 p.m. each night.
Officials said using LEDs is timely, considering that three Japan-born researchers won this year's Nobel Physics Prize for their work developing LEDs.© Japan Today