That lion who thought,”Hmm, that fish over there is damn sexy, siah.”
– Decisions that have Altered the Course of Singapore History, 8 Days
When I saw in the papers that our iconic symbol has been closed for restoration, I felt a pang in my heart for missing the chance to take a picture with it to bring with me to Japan.
Why? For the simple reason that it is easily the most recognisable symbol of our island country in Japan. Don’t believe me? Watch this.
Of course, we now also have the new Marina Bay Sands hotel with its boat-like rooftop which SMAP had graced, but watch the CM to the end.
One more here.
Believe me now?
A quick check on Wikipedia shows that our beloved icon has also appeared in many animes.
With all the publicity that it has received in Japan, it’s not surprising that every Japanese you meet will, almost without exception, respond to your proclamation that you’re from Singapore with “Ah! Mar-lion!”
I don’t know about you, but it brings a warm and fuzzy feeling to my heart. Don’t forget to bring a couple of souvenirs with you to spread the love. 😉