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In a Batman sequence first, Gotham adopts an actual sister metropolis: A Japanese metropolis named after a bat

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Gotham City, the well-known setting of the Batman sequence, together with the upcoming movie “The Batman,” has formally entered right into a sister metropolis relationship in the actual world: Fukuyama City in Hiroshima Prefecture. This is the primary metropolis within the historical past of the sequence and the primary metropolis on the earth to obtain this honor.

So why Fukuyama? In 2022, Fukuyama City is celebrating the four-hundredth anniversary of the development of Fukuyama Castle, situated in a mountain which was initially generally known as 蝙蝠山 komori yama or “bat mountain.” Since the 蝙 kanji in 蝙蝠 komori (bat) is much like the kanji 福 fuku, that means “good fortune,” the fortress city was named 福山 Fukuyama.

So, in 1917, when town determined to design an emblem, Fukuyama paid homage to those roots by creating an emblem within the form of a bat and a mountain.

The authentic Batman TV sequence aired in Japan within the Sixties, and American comics followers have loved Batman in translation because the late Nineteen Eighties. According to the press launch, some residents of Fukuyama City famous the resemblance between the Batman brand and their metropolis’s emblem.

With the film “The Batman” to be launched in Japanese theaters nationwide on March eleventh this yr, Fukuyama City determined the timing was proper to make a daring transfer by creating a brand new bond with the Batman sequence.

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The signing ceremony officializing the sister metropolis relationship was held Monday on the Warner Bros Japan G.Ok. workplace in Tokyo and attended by Tomohiro Doai, Vice President, CMO at Warner Brothers Japan, Fukuyama City Mayor Naotake Edahiro, and as a visitor, Fukuyama native Jun Fukuyama, voice actor and supporter of the four-hundredth anniversary of the development of Fukuyama Castle.

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