japan prepares for astro-birthday
The Daily Yomiuri noted that Japanese train stations will soon be playing a different tune: the theme song to the landmark anime series Tetsuwan Atomu (Astro Boy). The musical tribute is part of nationwide preparations to commemorate the animated robot boy's April 7 birthday.
The idea is just one of many thought up by a local organization promoting the shopping district in western Takadanobaba to celebrate the robot boy's upcoming birth date of April 7, 2003. According to the story of Astro Boy, created by the late manga artist and animator Osamu Tezuka, the robot was constructed in a fictional science ministry in Takadanobaba.
...The organization has done a lot of work in the past promoting the worlds and characters created by Tezuka. They have set up lampposts with a space motif along a road running by the station and have hung metal plates from them portraying some of Tezuka's characters. More noticeably, in 1998, the organization turned a dark, dirty wall beneath the elevated train tracks next to the station into a sprawling mural featuring many of Tezuka's creations.
(via Destroy All Monsters; image courtesy AstroBoy's Homepage)