Following the announcement last week of Bandai Namco’s “Gundam Manhole Project” expanding to Sagamihara in Kanagawa Prefecture, six more Gundam manholes have been announced to be installed across Japan’s Hokkaido region in Toyotomi, Wakkanai, and Teshio.
The manholes come in a total of six designs, depicting the iconic RX-78-2 Gundam and MS-09 Dom, famously piloted by the Principality of Zeon’s Black Tri-Stars in the original 1979 Mobile Suit Gundam series, with various locations from the three towns and cities.
RX-78-2 Gundam x Toyotomi Onsen
Location: Toyotomi Town Tourist Information Center
MS-09 Dom × Sarobetsu Marsh
Location: Yunomori Pokke
RX-78-2 Gundam x White Road
Location: Wakkanai Fukuko Ichiba
MS-09 Dom × Wakkanai Port North Breakwater Dome
Location: Wakkanai Ferry Terminal
RX-78-2 Gundam x Teshio River Historical Museum
Location: Teshio Onsen Yubae
MS-09 Dom x Teshio Riverside Park
Location: Roadside Station Teshio
On April 22, a joint donation ceremony will be held at the “Flat★Kita” Toyotomi Community Center, and a photo session will be held inside the center until April 24. The manholes will finally be installed afterwards on the 26th.
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