I actually completed forgot about this since I misplaced the photos. Before going to famous Kobe Luminarie that night, I stopped by Shin Nagata to check out the Tetsujin 28-Go statue. It’s not as popular as the Gundam statue in Tokyo and I don’t know much about it at all but hey, any giant mecha statue is worth checking out in my book.
Shin Nagata JR station. This is where you will get off if you want to see the giant.
A street-level billboard on one of the department stores in the area. At first place, I thought it said “COMMUNISM” ^^;.
What do you see in this statue?
You’ll have no trouble finding the statue as there are signs pointing you right to it. There is even a street named after the giant robot. Even lamp posts in the area are modeled after Tetsujin!
For a place with a giant robot statue as a tourist attraction, the area was surprisingly local and residential. A shopping street, playground, a school, and apartment buildings surrounds the statue.
Here it is! Tetsujin 28-Go! Or “Iron Man #28″ if you will. Created in the 1950′s by Yokoyama Mitsuteru, Tetsujin 28 is Japan’s first giant robot. So he was before even Mazinger Z!
Couldn’t really pinpoint the best angle to take photos of this giant guy so I just tried to get all sides of it ^^;.
Maybe because it was raining or that not many people know of it, but the area was really empty! So I had all the time I needed to take unobstructed shots of Tetsujin before going to the Luminarie. Judging from a glance, I would say Tetsujin is slightly bigger and towering than the Gundam. True to its namesake, this statue is also made of steel :D. Other than this statue, you check out the shopping street next to it and check out the local scenes of Kobe.