mascots from around the world


Idle Idol: Mascots from around the world

Japanese Robots

Big Gundam

Gundam figures

metal pan man

Metal man in Asakusa

Osaka robots

booze shop robot


Japanese Robots

The Japanese love robots, they pioneer in the creation of them, Testuwan Atomu was the first to create a cartoon character robot with Atomu (Astro Boy) old people have robot pets for companions and luckily for me they have loads of robot figures everywhere.

The huge and very cool Gundam was located in Odaiba last year to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Gundam anime. Unfortunatly it was taken down but you can see many smaller versions outside model shops in and various other places around Japan. Mobile Suit Gundam was produced by Sunrise, a subsidiary of Namco Bandai Holdings. The second picture on the right was taken inside the Namco offices in Shinagawa while the left photo was snapped outside the Bandai offices in Asakusa. Bandai make the intricate and popular model kits.

The next two photos show a pair of awesome robots outside a home ware shop in Asakusa on Kappabashi. Kappabashi is famous for all the kitchen ware shops. This particularly one sold loads of pots and pans which is what they are both made from.

Another homemade robot shown is the cardboard box robot outside an off licence (liquor store). Presumably made from the boxes the booze comes in. The symbol on his chest is the kanji for alcohol.

The final robot is Tetsujin 28-go which is sometimes called “Iron man #28” or Gigantor. The manga revolved around a huge robot and his controller, a 12-year-old boy named Shotaro Kaneda. The three-stories-tall robot was created during World War II but by the time he was completed (after 27 failed attempts), the war had ended. He ends up being used by the young boy to fight evil robots, criminals and mad scientists. I’ve spotted loads of these blue bots all over Japan. He was also recently used in some NTT commercials and there’s a huge one in Kobe which was recently finished.