Japanese Tsunami Five months later: Before & After. Large Images about the GREAT Clean-up of the JAPANESE PEOPLE

Japanese Tsunami Five months later: Before & After. Large Images about the GREAT Clean-up of the JAPANESE PEOPLE

Two cyclists, two different times: Much of the wreckage that littered the streets of Kesennuma has been cleared

Five months after the waters ravaged through this shop in Otsuchi, a shop lies empty following a huge clean-up

Slowly, very slowly, life is getting back to normal in the towns and cities that were hit but it is expected that there will be many more years before the towns have been completely cleared.

By the end of the gruelling work, it is expected that the disaster will have cost Japan up to £185billion as the mountains of wood and concrete are cleared away.

Source: Dailymail  Images: Reuters Agency

G-News: Life-Size Gundam Statue Returns to Tokyo … in Parts

The official portal site for the Gundam anime franchise announced on Thursday that the life-size statue of the title robot Gundam will return to Tokyo after two years — in disassembled parts. “Odaiba Gundam Project 2011” will bring back the parts of the Gundam from August 13 to August 21.

The organizers note that the disassembled display will allow visitors to see parts up close that they could not see when the statue was looming 18 meters (about 59 feet) tall in 2009. In addition, visitors can touch the statue’s right hand and even sit in it.

Admission to the event at Symbol Promenade Park on Tokyo’s artificial island of Odaiba is 500 yen (US$6), although it is free for preschoolers. A portion of the proceeds will go to charities for victims of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster.

The life-size statue first stood at Odaiba in July of 2009 and attracted 4.15 million visitors before it closed the following month. The statue rose again in Shizuoka — the self-described “model capital of the world” and the home of Bandai’s plastic model factories — from July of last year to March of this year.

Source: Animenewsnetwork, Gundam.info

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Update News: Quake Charity Newcoming Nendoroids Gumako & Minami Kawashima

The figure manufacturer Good Smile Company (GSC) confirmed in a Tuesday blog entry (Japanese version) that it is launching Cheerful Japan! — a movement to raise money for victims of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake disaster (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) of March 11. To that end, it will release a new charity item on the 11th of every month for at least one year.

The first Cheerful Japan! item is the previously announced Nendoroid figure of Gumako — a character originally created as an April Fool’s Joke that has since become an actual mascot of GSC. The figure will come with its own mini-GSC Seijin mascot figure. Japanese preorders will run from Wednesday, May 11 to Tuesday, May 24, and overseas preorders will run from Wednesday, May 25 to Tuesday, June 7. The figure will ship in late September in Japan and in late October overseas.

Just as with the Hatsune Miku Nendoroid figure in April, GSC will donate at least 1,000 yen (approximately US$12) from each figure to the Japanese Red Cross. The second Cheerful Japan! item will be a “Giant Plushie of the GSC-Seijin.” It will cost 15,000 yen (US$186), but GSC will donate 5,000 yen (US$62).

Minami Kawashima

In a related development, GSC will release a Nendoroid figure of Minami Kawashima, the main character of the Moshidora television anime, in September. The figure will come with different faces, the obligatory copy of Peter Drucker’s Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices book, and a “metal” bat. (Via Animenewsnetwork)

Nendoroid Miku Hatsune: Support ver.

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74,394 Miku Nendoroid Quake Charity Figures Ordered & Newcoming “Charity” Nendoroids, Infos & Large Images

A giant GSC Mascot to greet everyone.

The “GOODSMILE COMPANY” written here is made from cake.

Gifts.

Everyone who came along to the 10th Anniversary (on 1st May) got a bag of goodies.

One last photo of all the staff!
Good Smile’s 10th Birthday

Nendoroid Ikaros

She also comes with three expressions – the one you see here and two others…

Nendoroid Gumako

This will be the first in a series of charity products under the name “Cheerful Japan”
The Good Smile Mascot in the front is also included.

Good Smile Company (GSC) head Takanori Aki announced at the Japanese figure maker’s 10th Anniversary Appreciation Festival on Sunday that GSC received 74,394 orders worldwide for its earthquake charity Nendoroid figure. GSC is reissuing its Nendoroid figure of the virtual idol Hatsune Miku with limited-edition accessories, and 1,000 yen (about US$12) of the 3,000-yen (US$36) price will go the Japan Red Cross to support victims of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster. Based on the number of orders from Japan and 40 other countries, GSC will donate 74,394,000 yen (US$913,260).

In addition, GSC unveiled its second charity figure, which will be a Nendoroid of GSC’s Gumako mascot (with a figure of the Gusssma Seijin character). The new figure will go on sale in the middle of May.

GSC is establishing a Good Smile Shanghai offshoot in China and producing a book about its Nendoroid figures. The musical group JAM Project created a “Hikari e no Countdown” (Countdown to the Light) song to mark GSC’s 10th anniversary. A “Nendoroid Wakusei” (Nendoroid Planet) digital catalog of the figures will be available as an iPhone application from late May to June.

Animenewsnetwork, Good Smile Company Mikatan Blog