Osaka’s giant duck

Posted in Japan on 24 October, 2012 (04:03)

Osaka's Giant Duck
As part of the Aqua Metropolis Osaka 2012 Festival, the 10m tall rubber duck made his return to the waterways of Osaka over the past week.

A creation of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, the duck’s been travelling the world since 2007, proving popular wherever he goes. Here’s Mr Hofman’s own description of the duck from his website:

“The Rubber Duck knows no frontiers, it doesn’t discriminate people and doesn’t have a political connotation. The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties: it can relieve mondial tensions as well as define them. The rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages!”

Osaka's Giant Duck
Osaka's Giant Duck
I had no idea the duck was returning to Osaka, and had to double-take when I caught a glimpse of it from the window of Kitahama Retro tea-room. This time, the duck decided to hang out by Nakanoshima Park(a waterfront park set between the Dojimagawa and Tosaborigawa rivers) – he attracted quite a crowd!

Osaka's Giant Duck - Souvenir van
All sorts of souvenirs were available from a van nearby, umbrella’s, t-shirts, phone straps… best of all though, rubber ducks! I couldn’t resist getting one to bring home with me.

Osaka's Giant Duck - Rubber duck souvenir
Osaka's Giant Duck - Rubber duck souvenir Osaka's Giant Duck - Rubber duck souvenir
Each duck has it’s own unique number on the bottom along with the place and year it was purchased from, it also came with some stickers. It’s a bit smaller than the real thing, but it’s still cool :)

Osaka's Giant Duck
It was great to see the giant duck, I’d hoped it’d return to Osaka during my time here!

Check out http://www.florentijnhofman.nl for more of Florentijn Hofman’s projects around the world!

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  1. Damon on 12 January, 2013 at (10:30)

    I just saw the duck in Sydney Darling Harbour today and it was amazing to see something so big and cute at the same time! Where can I buy the smaller versions of the rubber ducks?

    • James on 12 January, 2013 at (13:12)

      Awesome! It’s nice to hear the ducks continuing his adventures :)

      I got my mini rubber duck from an official stall right next to where they put giant duck here in Osaka, hope you find one!

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