Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino is receiving the special honor of having Gundam manhole covers placed in his hometown of Odawara. Two have been revealed, with the promise of more to come.
One of the manhole covers shows RX-78-2 Gundam, with Odawara Castle in the background. The other manhole cover shows Char Custom Z’Gok with the lighthouse from Odawara Fishing Port in the background. Right now both manhole covers are being kept at Odawara Castle, and when August 1 gets here they’ll be placed in their proper spots, near the locations they have in their backgrounds.
Like the many Pokémon manholes in Japan, this will be part of tourism efforts. Unlike some forms of tourism, which might be for a limited time, these manhole covers will stay in their spots in Odawara. The Gundam Manhole Project hopes to expand and get Gundam manhole covers placed across the country.
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