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Squid Robot Gives Tourist Information at Hakodate Airport - Made with Help from Local Students

Squid Robot Gives Tourist Information at Hakodate Airport - Made with Help from Local Students

Squid Robot in Hakodate Airport

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The Squid Robot, an information system on local sightseeing spots, made its appearance in the arrivals lobby of Hakodate Airport in Hakodate, Hokkaido on October 31.

The robot in the form of a squid (a Hakodate specialty) rides a streetcar and introduces local tourist spots such as Goryokaku and Mt. Hakodate. Nine second-year students from Hakodate National College of Technology made the system as part of a "hand-made construction program" in their class. The theme, "Hakodate Hospitality," was decided on with Hakodate Airport Terminal Building.

The Squid Robot stands at about 30 centimeters tall and rides a streetcar running on tracks laid out on a three-meter map of Hakodate. The car stops at sightseeing spots, and the Squid Robot moves its body and arms. Tourist information is provided by a voice recording.

An airport spokesperson said, "This Hakodate squid and streetcar welcomes arriving travelers.... It’s fun and popular among children and their families." No date has been set for how long the system will be in place.

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