One of the reason we picked Japan as our holiday destination this year is because my son, Rafif’s fanatic to Gundam. It’s kind of his dream destination to be in Japan, especially visiting Gundam Front, a Gundam museum which was just recently established in 2012.
For non Gundam fans, Gundam Front is known for its real size Gundam RX-78, a 18 meters statue erected in front of Diver City mall in Odaiba, Tokyo. Given its size and its strategic location within Diver City mall park, it’s quite photogenic and attract many tourists and visitors, who have only faint knowledge about Gundam, to take pictures with the giant model kit.
This giant Gundam model is lit up at night with and starting 6pm (on winter days), for each 30 minutes afterwards until 9.00 pm, it also move its head and has brilliant light projections and sounds played for 3 minutes. Make sure you stand in front of the Gundam to catch eum, located in 7th floor of Diver City Mall.
For Gundam fans though, the real treat is the Gundam Front museum, located in 7th floor of Diver City Mall.With admission fee of ¥100, this is where you can find the history about Gundam, which was created first time by Sunrise Corporation in 1979 as television series. The TV series grew in popularity and made Gundam as one of Japanese icon, especially after Bandai, a Japanese toy manufacturer, launched the Gundam plastic model kit (known as ‘Gunpla’), which is now very popular.
Other museum’s attraction is G-Dome, where you can watch Gundaminutes movie clip in 360 degree movie screen. Also a real size bust model of Gundam Strike Freedom, where you can have chance to take 2D and 3D photos in the Gundam cockpit. But what took hours of viewing for Gunpla builders like Rafif, was hundreds of Gundam model kit collection displayed in museum, from the very first RX-78 model kit to the latest one, Gundam G-Self launched in 2014. “It is awesome”, as Rafif described it many times today :). His dream just came true. Priceless moment for him and us. Alhamdulillah.