100 Doraemon Statues Raised to Bring Hope After Quake
posted on by Sarah Nelkin
The Odakyu Group placed 100 different life-size statues of the Doraemon manga's title character around Kanagawa Prefecture and Tokyo on Saturday. Each statue has a QR code attached to it; those who scan the code can learn information about each secret invention that 99 of the Doraemon statues are holding. Only one statue (pictured right) is not holding anything.
The statues are being erected until March 31 as part of the efforts to support and restore areas affected by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami disaster. Monday marked the second anniversary of the 2011 Tōhoku Earthquake. Odakyu PR representatives said that they wanted dreams and hope to be delivered from the town of Hakone, with the theme “Hakone is Dream Museum."
Last year, Doraemon marked the 100th year before his "birthday" on September 3, 2112. Each of the 100 life-size figures is about 130 centimeters (about 4.25 feet) tall. Shinjuku figures 1 and 2 are placed at the Shinjuku Odakyu Station.