Gundams are Good for the Environment?

I just read an article in the Japan Times about a brand new Tokyo Landmark … a lifesize Gundam.  It weighs an astounding 35 tons, and it’s so big its supposed to be a visible addition to the Tokyo skyline.  It’ll be placed in Shiokaze Park, Shinagawa, with an anticipated 1.5 million visitors for the grand unveiling.

gundam, daytime

gundam, night time

Amazing huh?

This is non-profit (according to the article I read).  A significant portion of the ticket and merchendise sales will go to Green Tokyo Fundraising Campeign, which I believe is self explanatory (it probably has something to do with the environment, if you care about that sort of thing).

So, giant robots are now good for the environment huh? I wonder what resources they had to use to make this thing….

This Gundam Project is also apparently an attempt to gain support for Tokyo’s 2016 Olympic bid, and I hope it works.  I’d rather the Olympics NOT be in chicago anyway.

So, here’s a couple websites for your enjoyment:

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fq20090710r1.html

http://www.dannychoo.com/detail/mac/eng/image/18069/Green+Tokyo+Gundam.html

http://www.japantoday.com/category/sports/view/gundam-promotes-tokyo-2016’s-olympic-bid

3 responses

  1. so epic… im gonna see this.

    July 12, 2009 at 10:50 pm

  2. Nell (Nirael)

    haha I agree give the olympics to tokyo it’ll be a hassle to get anywhere if the olympics come here to chicago despite that I live the furthest you can be from downtown and still lie in chicago.. it would be interesting to see an olympics in japan we would see alot about culture and tradition and their ancient buildings the giant robot is freaky.. look how tall that is compared top their skyscrapers.. but it’s I guess a good thing they wouldn’t know how to actually get something as heavy as that to move properly. Gundams are awe inspiring art to me the day they become killing machines.. is a very sad one.. if they ever figure it out..

    July 13, 2009 at 11:23 pm

  3. Elliott

    I doubt they’ll really even try to figure it out, its pretty much impractical as a real weapon design. The anime is just a cultural icon.

    The Shinjuku Gundam is probably close to 10 stories tall, so its taller than a majority of the buildings there (most are 7 stories) but there are a few skyscrapers in Shinjuku that are about 40 stories.

    July 14, 2009 at 7:31 am

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