Yokoso means welcome in Japanese. Yokoso Japan is the official tagline for the country’s travel and tourism campaign.
A 18-metre model, based on the ever popular Gundam anime franchise, was erected in Tokyo’s Odaiba last year and created raves around the world. The Gundam was however taken down after two months as it was not built to last.
The Shizuoka Gundam is scheduled to open on July 24. It can move a bit as per the previous one; not sure how long this new Gundam is going to stay though.
After the highly popular life-size 18-metre Gundam model in Tokyo, another giant Japanese robot statue, the Tetsujin 28-go (lit. Iron Man #28), is set to welcome its visitors in Kobe following its completion earlier this week.
Tetsujin 28 was created in 1956 by Kobe-born Mitsuteru Yokoyama; it was one of the earliest giant robot characters in Japanese manga. The comic was later adapted into anime series and was aired in US as well, retitled as the Gigantor.
The Tetsujin 28 statue is located at Kobe’s Wakamatsu Park. It’s similar in height with the Gundam statue, but doesn’t have moving parts like the Tokyo counterpart. The Kobe robot is built as a permanent structure though, whereas the Gundam was disassembled after two months of exhibition.
If the trend keeps going, we might be seeing dozens of giant robot models across Japan in future… pretty fitting tourist attraction for the #1 robotic nation lol.
[image from the project’s official website [Jp]]
An English video by Fashion TV in Japan, featuring Hong Kong model Angelababy.
She shows viewers some traditional stuff in Tokyo’s Asakusa area, and the city’s trendy side in Shibuya district which is famous for women’s fashion. Short but pretty good clip.
The 20-year-old is one of the most talked-about models (she also started acting) in Hong Kong these days. Not really sure but I think she was in Japan to work on a runway show.
Two Toyama based animation studios, P.A. Works and The Berich have created some short animes to promote Toyama tourism, based on the theme “Tear Bringing Toyama Prefecture”.
Sharing here are videos from P.A. Works; three short stories about love, friendship and family; with Mt Tateyama, Toyama Bay, and Gokayama as backdrop.