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[Mothership] Merlion statues exist in Hakodate, Hokkaido but not as touristy as you’d expect https://t.co/fujHeFmzY4

[Mothership] Merlion statues exist in Hakodate, Hokkaido but not as touristy as you’d expect https://t.co/fujHeFmzY4

There are a bunch of Merlion replicas in Hakodate, one of the main cities in Hokkaido, Japan. Now you know, thanks to this Facebook post: But this isn’t a new thing. Merlions in Japan get spotted and highlighted occasionally on social media, such as when one became a Pokestop on Pokemon Go last year: If you think Merlions in Japan are illegitimate cousins, well, it’s a legitimate thing. Advertisement A symbol of friendship The late Masaru Yanagisawa, who was once the Honorary Tourism Consul of the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), and the Chairman of the Hakodate Singapore Society, brought Merlions — three of them — to Hakodate. Hakodate City has had a long-time friendship with Singapore, which began in 1992. There was a signing of an agreement between Hakodate International Tourism and Convention Association and STB to promote tourism to both areas. In particular, Yanagisawa...

Full article: https://mothership.sg/2017/12/merlion-in-japan/

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