A foreigner traveler’s dreams were crushed after he found out that a viral photo of an anime schoolgirl straddling an elevated train track in Akihabara, Japan was photoshopped.
Japanese Twitter user @runndy_music was walking in Akihabara — the center of otaku culture in Japan — when a male tourist approached him to ask for directions.
The traveler showed him a picture of a train going under the skirt of an anime schoolgirl, according to SoraNews24.
“A foreigner in Akihabara asked me where this statue is,” the Twitter user wrote, “and when I told him that the image is a CG Photoshop, he looked so sad that my heart broke for him.”
Another user left a comment with embedded images showing the actual place, and there was no gigantic anime schoolgirl in sight.
— bouzu_3 (@bouzu_3) October 9, 2018
However, the exact model, known as Arina Shinyokohama in Akihabara, does exist and is reportedly on display at Kaiyodo’s museum in Shiga Prefecture.
— らむどら@ヒロぽん (@ramdra475) October 9, 2018
The actual model was sculpted by Ooshina Yuki, but the photoshopped version was created by photographer and photo manipulator Yoshinobu “Tamaki” Kimura.
The photoshopped Arina went viral in 2005, with many people believing it was an actual girl on top of a train.
It’s unclear if Tamaki was the one who made the pictures go viral or if another person shared them online.
Some netizens felt sorry for the foreign traveler:
“What a sad story…but I still can’t help laughing.”
“Well, at least he managed to get to Akihabara, the place shown in the photo.”
“They should totally make an actual statue like that in Akihabara!”
“That would be a serious treat for overseas visitors.”