News Google.co.jp's Homepage Celebrates Doraemon's Birthday
posted on 2009-09-03 08:13 EDT
Not-So-Daily Link of the Day: The Google.co.jp website updated its logo on Thursday to mark the birthday of the robot cat Doraemon — even though he won't be "born" for another 103 years. According to the background story of the manga, Doraemon was built at the Matsushiba robot factory in Tokyo on September 3, 2112. The occasion is celebrated each year with Doraemon character goods and the broadcast of Doraemon anime specials. The Fujiko F. Fujio Museum, the institution being built in honor of the manga's co-creator Hiroshi Fujimoto, is set to open on September 3, 2011 — essentially, the -101st birthday of Doraemon.
Two of the letters in Google.co.jp's special Doraemon logo feature the robot cat's signature "take-copter." The official website of Doraemon, dora-world.com, is also celebrating his birthday. On April 7, 2008, Google.co.jp celebrated the birthday of another famous science-fiction robot, Astro Boy (Mighty Atom). According to Osamu Tezuka's original manga, Astro Boy celebrated his 5th birthday last year.
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