This month, the Gigantor statue (Or Tetsujin 28-go, as it is better known in the land if the rising sun) situated in Kobe, is being lit up for the holidays. Kobe’s Christmas illuminations are quite famous throughout Japan.
This statue is a reminder of the obstacles the city has overcome again and again. The statue was erected in fall 2009 to encourage those living in an area hit hard by the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995, where many businesses and lives were lost.
That, and the fact that giant robots are awesome.