A remote Japanese fishing town has sparked debate after spending coronavirus relief funds on a giant squid statue that cost nearly $250,000 in a controversial bid to boost post-pandemic tourism.
The huge pink monument with its tentacles outstretched was unveiled in March by the coastal town of Noto in central Japan as a proud nod to its local delicacy.
Despite online debate over the merits of the public spending, local officials said they hoped the installation at a roadside rest stop would pique travellers’ interest.
Many people came to see the 13-metre monument this week during a series of public holidays, the official said, with children playing on it and adults taking quirky pictures for social media. （AFP）
outstretch：動詞，指伸出、伸展得超出範圍、擴展、拉長。例句：Her behavior outstretches my patience.（她的行為超出我的容忍範圍。）
nod：動詞，指點頭，尤指點頭贊同、點頭致意、點頭示意；名詞，指點頭。例句：He nodded for me to come in.（他點頭示意要我進來。）
pique：名詞，指生氣、嘔氣、慍怒；動詞，指使生氣、激怒、刺激、激起好奇心等。例句：He went off in a fit of pique.（他一氣之下就離開了。）