Awards honor statue in entertainment division
The Japanese government’s Ministry of Cultural Affairs announced on Sunday that the jury has selected the moving, life-size RX-78-2 Gundam statue in the Gundam Factory Yokohama facility as a recommended work in the entertainment division of the 25th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards.
The facility with the statue will remain open until March 31, 2023. This extends the time it will remain open by a year. However, the facility will close for maintenance from mid-May to mid-July to prepare for the extension. The facility was originally slated to close on March 31 this year. (It was planned to be open for only a limited time.)
The original announcement noted that the extension was due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting states of emergency in Japan preventing many people from visiting the site. The new extension…