This giant fashion model is one of the most beloved symbols of Nagoya.
In front of Nagoya Station is the Meitetsu Department Store, and in its lobby stands an unusual mannequin affectionally referred to as Nana-chan. The gigantic mannequin stands 20-feet tall with a thin, long neck, and famously changes its costumes numerous times throughout the year.
The mannequin was installed in 1973 when a new wing of the store, Seven-kan, opened. The statue was named after the Japanese word for seven, nana, which is homophonous with the common given name Nana. The staff of Meitetsu found the statue at a mannequin fair in Tokyo while looking for something with an impactful design. It was manufactured by a Swiss company called Schläppi.
Over the years, Nana-chan has been dressed in a variety of costumes including those resembling such popular characters as C-3PO, Woody from Toy Story, Elsa from Frozen, and various anime characters. It has become a popular meeting spot in Nagoya and one of the most beloved symbols of the city today.
Know Before You Go
You can check out Nana-chan's past wardrobe from 2004-2020 on the official website of Meitetsu Department Store.
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