From the “Gundam Manhole Project,” the city of Otsu in Shiga Prefecture has received “Gundam Manhole” and “Z’Gok Manhole” as donations.
This recent donation marks the first in the Kansai region. The “Gundam Manholes” are intended to be used as items to create liveliness in the city, and also serve as a means to raise awareness about the importance of sewage systems for both the citizens of Otsu and visitors to the city.
The background design of the “Gundam Manhole” features traditional Otsu-e paintings, cherished as a local specialty. The “Z’Gok Manhole” showcases the summer spectacle of Otsu’s “Lake Biwa Great Fireworks Festival”.
On August 3rd (Thursday), the unveiling ceremony took place, where the manhole designs were publicly revealed. The “Gundam Manhole” is installed near Lake Biwa, while the “Z’Gok Manhole” is placed next to the Biwako Hall within the same park.
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