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Tokyo makes anime-style guide to boost tourism

By: Jeff Johnston (sources: AP & Kyodo)

Tokyo's metropolitan government has produced an anime short to highlight sightseeing spots around the city. The aim is to lure more tourists to the capital city of Japan.

The short entitled "Welcome to Tokyo" runs about 11 minutes and cost the city about ¥49 million (about US$ 575,000) to create. To make it more accessible to foreign tourists, they offer subtitled versions in English and six other languages. It has been posted Tokyo's English website (under the Tourism, Culture and Sports):

http://www.tourism.metro.tokyo.jp/english/welcome/index.html

Here is the brief trailer (0:17) with English subtitles:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFtfUP9We70

Here's the direct link to the full English flash movie:

http://www.tourism.metro.tokyo.jp/english/welcome/swf_hq/honey_en_hq.swf

 


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