From the “Gundam Manhole Project,” the town of Arita in the Sage Prefecture has received a “Gundam Manhole” and “Gouf Manhole” as donations.
The “Gundam Manholes” donated this time feature a design with a background of the Tonbai walls. Tonbai walls are made from fireproof bricks used to build climbing kilns, disposable kiln tools, and pottery shards coated with red clay, an unique tourist attraction in Arita, known for its pottery works.
The background of the “Gouf Manhole,” making its first appearance in the project, is designed with the national historic site, Izumiyama Magnetic Field.
An unveiling event took place on Tuesday, September 12, where the manhole designs were first revealed. The “Gundam Manhole” is located next to Tsujiseijisha in the Tonbai Wall Alleys, while “Gouf Manhole” is installed at the Izumiyama Magnetic Field observatory.
Announced in 2020, the “Gundam Manhole Project” is an initiative by the Bandai Namco Group’s cross-sectional “Gundam Project” in cooperation with local governments across Japan to promote tourism to those regions, as well as express the bond between Gundam fans transcending generations across Japan. The first of these Gundam manholes were installed in Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, the hometown of Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino.
Source: Gundam Info