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added on : November 21, 2022
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Tokyo lives up to its reputation for being high-tech—and in love with all things cute—with two new landmarks: three-dimensional creations high above the streets of Shibuya and Shinjuku.
An Akita dog has been galivanting between buildings around Shibuya Station since July 2022. The three-dimensional dog is the creation of Hit Co., Ltd., the advertising company that operates the eight digital billboards through which the dog bounds.
The dog’s antics—playing around an automaton clock, leaping into a belltower and catching a Frisbee-like disc in its mouth—can be seen every hour on the hour from various points around Shibuya Station, including the Shibuya scramble crossing, the Hachiko statue square and the Shibuya Hikarie skyscraper.
A year before the Akita dog arrived on the scene, a cat was already meowing from a billboard near Shinjuku Station. Referred to as “kyodai neko” (giant cat) and “mikeneko” (calico cat) by its fans, the cat is the creation of Cross Shinjuku Vision. It can be perceived as three-dimensional thanks to the curve of the billboard's screen.
The cat, who first appeared in July 2021, appears several times an hour, flicking its tail and twitching its ears, from when it wakes in the morning to when it goes to sleep at night. It's best viewed from the east exit of Shinjuku Station.
|Address||Shibuya Station area, Shibuya City, Tokyo|
|URL||Akita Dog 3D Karakuri Clock (JPN)|
|Address||Cross Shinjuku Building, 3-23-18 Shinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo|
|URL||Giant 3D Cat|
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