On April 15th, an unveiling ceremony of two Gundam manholes was held at the Matsue City General Gymnasium during the game between Shimane Susanoo Magic and Osaka Evessa. The design was publicly revealed for the first time, and the actual “Gundam manholes” were displayed at the venue.
The Gundam Manholes that will be installed in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, are currently on display at the Matsue History Museum. With free admission, the exhibit at the Matsue History Museum will be last chance to take photos of the actual manholes before they’re installed in the city. The manholes will be on display until April 26th.
The manholes come in two designs based on local attractions in Matsue. The RX-78-2 Gundam version features Matsue Castle, while the MSM-04 Acguy version is based on Lake Shinji.
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 using the Gundam brand, as well as express the bond between Gundam fans transcending generations. The first of these Gundam manholes were installed in Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, the hometown of Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino.
Source: Gundam Info