Giant 5-Meter Tall Dinosaur Panda Stomps Into Ueno Station

26.July.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

The Dinosaur Expo 2019 began at National Museum of Nature and Science in Ueno, Tokyo on July 13, and in promotion of the exhibition, a thrilling dinosaur themed event is set to take place at the Atre Ueno shopping mall from August 1 to September 30.

Atre Ueno is located inside Ueno Station, and if you roll into the station right now you’d best be careful of the bipedal, carnivorously cute 5 meter high panda-saur. You’ll find it on display at the station’s Grand Concourse (it’s pretty hard to miss!)

 

You might be wondering why there’s a giant panda dressed as a fluffy dinosaur. The reason is that Ueno Zoo has its very own giant pandas which have become a symbol of the town. And the dinosaur our station panda is dressed as is the Deinocheirus, the main showpiece of The Dinosaur Expo.

In promotion of the museum’s exhibition, 19 restaurants and cafes at Atre Ueno are serving up their very own dinosaur-inspired meals―both meat for the carnivora and vegetarian for the herbivores―as well as desserts.

 

Head to Ueno this summer break for your fill of dino fun!

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