The light installation is a Japanese-Italian collaboration, thus resembling European architecture style. The luminarie has became a huge tourist attraction in recent years, with some 129,000 people visited the festival on its opening day.
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]]
Video of paper clips “dancing” under the influence of electromagnetic field on the floor of a train in Kobe, Japan. The effect is produced by the electric current that drives the motors located under the floor.
Presumably harmless to human body, the magnetic field could damage electronic devices left on the floor. The train company is installing extra shielding on these trains as countermeasures for the issue.