Mobile Suit Gundam is one of the most popular anime about giant robots in the world and an important part of Japanese pop culture.. The franchise has been honored in different ways, including a life-size mech statue in Yokohama, Japan.
Built by Gundam Factory Yokohama in 2020, the 18-meter figure has become one of the Japanese city’s postcards. In addition to being able to walk, the giant robot will soon be able to play rock, paper, scissors — or jokenpo — with visitors.
A rock-paper-scissors match with a Moving Gundam will be held!???
The winners will receive a special prize: the right to take a commemorative photo in an area that is normally off-limits to visitors!
Date and Time: Fri., May 5, 2023 (national holiday) from 15:00#MOVINGGUNDAM pic.twitter.com/xM85U94LoS
— GUNDAM FACTORY YOKOHAMA ?? (@gfy_official_) April 24, 2023
From May 5th, one of the dates of the Japanese Golden Week holiday, Gundam Factory visitors will be able to play jokenpo with the giant robot. According to the information, the winners of the challenge will be able to take pictures in an inaccessible area of the exhibition.
The mech’s new ability is part of the promotional actions for the new season of the anime Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury. The second year of animation began airing in Japan in early April 2023.
Gundam Factory Yokohama is located in an area close to the port of the Japanese city.Source: Gundam Factory/Disclosure
Visit ao Gundam Factory Yokohama
In addition to the jokenpo competition against the Gundam Factory’s giant robot, visitors can explore the six-story structure surrounding the statue. In addition, there are special lighting shows and musical performances of themes from all anime stages.
For those interested and curious, a visit to the full-size mech costs 1,650 yen for adults (about R$60 in current direct conversation). Meanwhile, admission for children ages 7 to 12 costs 1,100 yen (R$40).