Kitakami Photoblog

Daily photos from Kitakami, a small town in Northern Japan, and its surroundings.

Monday, April 02, 2007

The governor candidate Nr. 5

These are the official billboards for the Iwate governor election (taking place on April 8). Every candidate has his designated space. The guy top right is not a manga character, but one of the candidates, "The great Sasuke" . He's a former wrestler, wearing his mask already while acting officially as a prefectural assembly member (with special authorization) - and intends to continue wearing it if he is elected governor. He hopes "to revitalize Iwate" and wants to cut the governor's salary by 80 %.
I wonder if many people take him seriously - on the other hand, the Japanese just love manga and eccentric people.
I'll let you know his result!


Anonymous Matthew said...

... and their campaign trucks with the loudspeakers on them make so much noise! When is the election?

9:07 AM  
Blogger Julia said...

On April 8th.
So did you arrive in Kitakami? How do you like it?

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Matthew said...

I did, I arrived last Wednesday and have been getting settled in. I've done lots of shopping at PAL.

I think it is too early to judge the place; everything is still so new and exciting. The people are friendly, of course, and that's a plus. I was rather surprised to have snow my first two days here, though!

I like my apartment in Kawagishi. It is right near Kitakami station, between the tracks. Maybe for most people this would be undesirable, but I love Japanese trains so it's like a dream home for me! Unfortunately I will have to move in a few months...

How long have you been here?

6:57 PM  
Anonymous Matthew said...

PS - you can e-mail me if you'd rather have this discussion somewhere other than your comments section. :)

6:59 PM  

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