Friday, December 17, 2010

Show Me Japan: Gundam

The Gundam statue that watched over Tokyo's Odaiba waterfront area last year has recently touched-down in the city of Shizuoka, 125 miles west of Tokyo. The 18-meter-tall statue faces the tracks near JR Higashi Shizuoka Station and can be seen from the train against the backdrop of Mount Fuji (sadly Fuji-San is blocked by buildings when you actually get up-close to the Gundam). This time Gundam is armed with a gigantic “beam saber” (in 1:1 scale). The statue was put on display to commemorate the 30th anniversary of TV broadcasts of the "Mobile Suit Gundam" and is a replica of the RX-78-2 from that series.

Shizuoka is home to many plastic model kit manufacturers including GUNPLA (Gundam Plastic Model) and is a pilgrimage site for enthusiasts. A small museum is located inside the fair site to showcase the history of the city's 50-year-old plastic model kit industry. The event runs through March 27, 2011, with the statue on display throughout the period. Entry is free, however travel to this out of the way (and frankly sleepy & industrial) town is quite expensive. You can opt for the Seishun Juhachi Kippu if you have the time (more then 3.5 hrs from metro Tokyo) and you are on the cheap.

Plenty of Gundam swag to be purchased and even a small Gundam cafe for "themed" eats. Twice daily a 30min display showcases the lights, smoke, and movement this statue is capable of, pictures to come in the following days. . .

Photograph is my entry for this weeks Show-me-Japan (Vol.1 Issue 5).


  1. My husband is going to drool over this photo!

  2. HEHE, just not over the keyboard - bad for the electronics :)

  3. Unmistakably cool stuff...
    my favorite still, am 48 and still my favorite next to my camera !

  4. Great entry with fantastic photos. It's a very good idea to photograph during dusk (I assume). I like gundam you posted in this and previous entry, as well. Both are good in its own way.
    I have to confess that my favorite mobile suit is "The-0". The fatter mobile suit gets, the better!
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  5. Me & my husband did try to fit travelling to Shizouka just to see that statue but decided against it finally on ouur previous trip in Sep.

    Love the photo. :)

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  7. Thanks All! It was at dusk and I missed the really good lighting by just a minute or so, but it still turned out okay. I really like the "O" but for me it is the XXXG-01D2 Gundam Deathscythe Hell for the win :)