In commemoration of announcing “Favorite Places[J]” as a promotion campaign of Google Map, on Monday Google Japan[J] placed “real” red pins at several locations, which imitate mark-up symbols used on Google Map, including JR Shibuya Station and a Buddhist temple next to Tokyo’s fish market that foreign visitors never forget to drop by.
The pin statue is 4 meters (=13.1 feet) high, and a specially designed pin has a hole in the heart of its body, where a small monitor shows you the video of hot spots selected by celebrities as their favorites. The pin statues are exhibited at the following locations for the dates given.
- Honganji Temple in Tsukiji: from August 3rd to 9th
- West Exit, JR Ebisu Station: from August 3rd to 9th
- Center Exit, JR Shibuya Station: from August 3rd to 9th
- New South Exit, JR Shinjuku Station: from August 4th to 5th
- Central Exit, JR Ikebukuro Station: from August 8th to 9th
- Exit for Showa St., Akihabara Station: from August 8th to 9th
The videos being played at the pin with a hole are available on YouTube as well. The following is prepared by Google Japan and introduces “Favorite Places” in Tokyo. (4 mins. 20 secs.)
In Kyoto, Japanese-style paper lanterns are decorated at the Favorite Places.