The giant life-sized Gundam statue is once again being erected and will officially open on July 24. So last week something important happened.
Shinto priests blessed the area on which the Gundam statue, dubbed "Real Grade 1/1 Gundam", will stand. Shinto blessings like this are common for groundbreaking ceremonies for buildings and factories. Heck, even my car and my cell phone (and children!) have been blessed by Shinto priests.
As website AltJapan points out, the Real Grade Gundam will be on display in a public square in front of JR Higashi Shizuoka Station until at least January 2011.