Standing Tall and Ready for Action
Everyone knows Japan is famous for certain things—sushi, geisha, Mt. Fuji, samurai and ninja, Godzilla, and of course giant robots. And in Tokyo, even the latter is real—at least, life-sized mockups of them are. A great place to see one is Odaiba, where an 18-meter-tall scale replica of Gundam, the main protagonist of one of Japan’s longest-running and most popular anime series of the same name, is on display in front of the DiverCity Tokyo Plaza shopping center. (The picture was taken at its former location just down the road, Shiokaze Park.) Fun for both kids and adults, the statue lights up at night and steam shoots out of its faux exhaust ports, just like in the cartoon.
By Jon Sheer, AFAR Local Expert
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