Oji, a town in Japan's Nara Prefecture, has bundled the ancient history of the region together with modern technology to create an adorable town mascot named Yukimaru. The mascot is a robotic dog with quadcopter drone propellers that allow it to fly anywhere around Oji.
Yukimaru is named after a historical pup: the pet of a 7th century figure named Prince Shotoku. Shotoku lived in Oji, and both he and the original Yukimaru have shrines in the area. The new Yukimaru robotic drone is thus a testament to the town's history on top of its function as a cute town symbol.
In the promotional video featuring Yukimaru, the robotic canine flies through Oji and introduces people to its various landmarks, including Mount Myojin and Daruma temple, where Prince Shotoku and Yukimaru's shrines reside.
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