China fake Japan-Themed Street Opens For Travel-Starved Tourists during COVID

China fake Japan-Themed Street Opens For Travel-Starved Tourists during COVID

During this COVID pandemic, Japan has issued a tourist ban. Currently, visitors from 159 countries are not able to enter the country.

So in China, a Japan-themed street was created. As South China Morning Post reported earlier this month, there’s now a 330-foot street in Foshan to give locals the feeling that they are in Japan. LOL. Called Ichiban Street, it’s filled with neon and signs that referenced Sailor Moon, Game Boy, Evangelion, Initial D, Anpanman and more.

Some signs featured art from Pac-Man and Crayon Shin-chan. “Now, because of the pandemic, we can’t go anywhere overseas, so it’s quite interesting to see local youth come here to feel like they are going abroad,” Li Gengyu, an architect, told SCMP. The place is ideal fodder for Instagram photos. Visitors were even spotted wearing faux Japanese schoolgirl uniforms. It  has since been featured on Japanese evening news.

 

Many businesses have moved into the street, and while it’s not yet opened, Ichiban Street looks like it’s going to be a hit among the locals. However, the opening has been delayed, with speculation that signs that violated copyright are being redone. Moreover, as the SCMP clip (below) also points out, the kanji characters ichiban (一番), meaning “best” or “number one” have been covered. In Japanese, ichibangai (ichiban street) refers to large shopping streets.

 

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