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Peko-chan marks 60th sweet year
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A Peko-chan robot, created to mark the mascot's 60th anniversary, is on display at Fujiya's Peko-chan Museum in Tokyo's Ginza district. (Photo by Tomohiro Hamada/ The Asahi Shimbun)
Fujiya Co. on Monday marked the 60th anniversary of the creation of its mascot "Peko-chan" with a new exhibit featuring early models of Peko-chan mannequins and a robot that dances and sings.
Through Nov. 21, the Peko-chan Museum in Tokyo's Ginza district will showcase mannequins of the eternal candy-loving 6-year-old girl that have stood in front of Fujiya shops around the country for six decades. Other Peko-chan-related products are also on display.
A new Peko-chan robot on display at the museum can sing the Fujiya theme song about its trademark Milky-brand toffees and answer questions using 357 programmed responses.
If asked, "Tell me your secret, Peko-chan," she replies with her height, but adds saucily: "I can't tell you how much I weigh. It's a secret!"
The robot is much heavier than the familiar mannequins at Fujiya outlets.