18-m Tetsu-jin 28/Gigantor Lit Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

posted on 2011-10-10 16:00 EDT by Crystalyn Hodgkins
50-ton life-size statue lit in 40 pink lights as part of Kobe's 'Pink Ribbon Festival'

The city of Kobe lit up the "life-size" statue of Mitsuteru Yokoyama's Tetsujin 28-gō (Ironman 28 or Gigantor) robot in 40 pink lights on Sunday in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The event was held as a part of the city's "Pink Ribbon Festival" to raise awareness about the early detection and treatment of breast cancer.

The 50-ton statue was originally completed in 2009 to celebrate the revival of Kobe after the 1995 earthquake.

The monument stands at Wakamatsu Park in Nagata Ward, which was the ward hardest hit by the 1995 earthquake. The statue celebrates the life of one of Kobe's most well-known native sons; Yokoyama not only created the Tetsujin 28 manga, anime, and live-action film, but also Giant Robo and Sally the Witch.

Since the statue is not "standing" straight up, it is actually 15.3 meters (50.2 feet) high. It is roughly the same size as the "life-size" Gundam statue that was temporarily erected in Tokyo Bay's artificial Odaiba island in 2009, and was most recently displayed in pieces on Odaiba in August.

Source: The Kobe Shimbun

Image © The Kobe Shimbun

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