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The Nana-chan, Nagoya Iconic in Japan!!

Updated: Sep 29, 2023


Towering over shoppers, the 6-meter mannequin known as ‘Nana-chan’ was first installed in 1978 and has grown into a local symbol of Nagoya. | COURTESY OF MEITETSU
Towering over shoppers, the 6-meter mannequin known as ‘Nana-chan’ was first installed in 1978 and has grown into a local symbol of Nagoya. | COURTESY OF MEITETSU
Towering over shoppers, the 6-meter mannequin known as ‘Nana-chan’ was first installed in 1978 and has grown into a local symbol of Nagoya. | COURTESY OF MEITETSU
Towering over shoppers, the 6-meter mannequin known as ‘Nana-chan’ was first installed in 1978 and has grown into a local symbol of Nagoya. | COURTESY OF MEITETSU
Towering over shoppers, the 6-meter mannequin known as ‘Nana-chan’ was first installed in 1978 and has grown into a local symbol of Nagoya. | COURTESY OF MEITETSU
Nagoya - A 6-meter tall mannequin near Nagoya Station in Aichi Prefecture. central japan Beloved by locals, it turns 50 this Friday. | COURTESY OF MEITETSU

The Nana-chan, Nagoya Iconic in Japan near Nagoya Station in Aichi Prefecture. central japan Beloved by locals, it turns 50 this Friday.


The Nana-chan, Nagoya Iconic in Japan, outside the main store of Meitetsu Department Store Co. has been attracting attention for over half a century as a "member" of the store operator's public relations department. Depending on the season, she wore swimsuits, skirts, and kimonos.


The statue was installed in 1973 when a new branch of Seven-kan opened. The statue is named after the Japanese word for 7, which means Nana, which sounds like the common name Nana, found by a Meitetsu employee. Said the statue at a model show in Tokyo while looking for something with an impressive design. It is produced by a Swiss company called Schläppi.


over the years Nana-chan has dressed up in a variety of outfits, including ones that resemble popular characters like C-3PO, Woody from Toy Story, Elsa from Frozen, and other anime characters. It has become a popular meeting point in Nagoya and is one of the city's most beloved symbols today.


Nana-chan was installed in 1973 to mark the opening of a new branch of Seven-kan and was named after the Japanese word for 7, which sounds like the name Nana. The mannequin was discovered at a model show in Tokyo and is produced by a Swiss company called Schläppi. Over the years, Nana-chan has dressed up in various outfits, including costumes inspired by popular characters like C-3PO, Woody from Toy Story, Elsa from Frozen, and other anime characters. Today, Nana-chan has become a beloved symbol of Nagoya and a popular meeting point for locals and tourists alike.


See Nana chan'statue in 2020.


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