Tottori Airport in Southwest Japan Celebrates Re-Naming
Tottori Airport, located in Tottori Prefecture in Southwestern Japan, announced that it has re-opened as Tottori Sand Dunes Conan Airport. The airport celebrated the re-opening with a commemorative charter flight from Shanghai.
The name derives from the main character of the popular manga and anime series “Detective Conan-Case Closed.” The author and illustrator of the series, Gosho Aoyama, is from the prefecture. Additionally, the area is home to the largest dune system in Japan.
The prefecture is home to a variety of manga artists, and is hoping to increase exchange and tourism with the re-naming of the airport.
A 59-foot (18-meter) long and 26-foot (8-meter) wide three-dimensional art scene was unveiled at the airport during the opening ceremony. The art depicts Conan, the main character on the TV show, riding a camel at the Tottori Sand Dunes.
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