One-tenth scale models of the MOCCO Giant Puppet (with and without his cape) were unveiled on May 29, 2019
The final programme of the TOKYO 2020 NIPPON FESTIVAL will be staged under the theme “Reconstruction of the Tohoku Region” in various locations in the Tohoku region and Tokyo during May, June and July 2019.
reated especially for this programme, the MOCCO Giant Puppet will travel around the Tohoku region receiving messages from the people of Tohoku as he journeys towards Tokyo.
This programme presents a new form of cultural event against the backdrop of the culture of Tohoku in which the character of MOCCO is rooted as well as a road story in which MOCCO meets many different people.
- The Tokyo 2020 Games will be the ‘Recovery Games Connecting with Tokyo and Tohoku’. We believe that one of the major missions of the Tokyo 2020 Games is to make more people aware of the current situation in Tohoku and to encourage them to visit there. I hope that the local citizens will think it was a good idea to host some of the Tokyo 2020 events in the region. It is great to share people’s smiles widely and boost their spirits with the “MOCCO” doll, cheering them up. The journey of the “MOCCO” doll will continue after the Games.
- Yanai is a Professor and Special Advisor to the President for Educational Partnerships at the Department of Design, Tokyo University of the Arts / Creative Director. He was born in Koriyama City, Fukushima, in 1964, and has worked on a number of innovative advertising campaigns. As well as serving as the master of ceremonies on NHK's 'Top Runner' programme, he is a popular personality on various TV and radio programmes, and a guitarist for the rock band Inawashirokos. He is constantly exploring new avenues to expand the possibilities of advertising through a wide range of activities. In 2015, he was appointed as creative director for Fukushima Prefecture. He is active in the Tohoku region, holding the rock festival ‘Live Fukushima – Wind and Rock SUPER Nouma Oisaki’, which toured the prefecture for six days, and his ‘Wind and Rock Caravan Fukushima’ tour which played at 59 locations across Fukushima Prefecture.
- Dates / Venue
- 9 May, 2020 / Venue: Takata-Matsubara Tsunami Reconstruction Memorial
23 May, 2020 / Venue: Sennen kibounooka Ainokama Park
13 June, 2020 / Venue: Soma Nomaoisaibachi
*A caravan is planned for the site of Tohoku Kizuna Festival in 2020 (Held on 30 - 31 May, 2020) in Yamagata City