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Momoko Sakura's Chibi Maruko-chan character has teamed up with city of Shizuoka in a promotional campaign. Sakura hails from Shizuoka herself, and her character has teamed up with the city in a song and dance video to show support.
The song's lyrics reference local dishes and ingredients, such as oden, wasabi, oranges, motsu curry, sakura shrimp, sardines, and tuna. The project was put together by the city and other Shizuoka native celebrities. Haruomi Hosono (Appleseed: Ex Machina, Night on the Galactic Railroad) composed the song, Cornelius arranged it, and Pierre Taki of Denki Groove sang the song. Sakura herself wrote the lyrics, Papaya Suzuki put together the choreography, and Hiromitsu Akiba of MOGRAPHIXX animated the music video.
Sakura launched the four-panel version of the Chibi Maruko-chan manga in Japanese newspapers on July 1, 2007, after creating the manga as a regular magazine-serialized work in Shueisha's Ribon shōjo manga magazine from 1986 to 1996. The four-panel version ended in 2011 after 1,500 installments. The television adaptation is ongoing and celebrated its 1,000th episode last year. The television series is consistently the #2 rated anime series after Sazae-san.