At one Japanese cake shop in northern Akita prefecture, a version of her rendered as a traditional wagashi cake in pastel pinks and blues has been flying off the shelves, sales manager Hirohide Kato told AFP.
“This is the first time we’ve made Amabie-themed cakes,” he said.
They can only produce 250 a day, but “they’re so popular they sell out by noon.”
And at an aquarium in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, a sea lion who has gained fame for his calligraphy and painting skills has been trained to draw the monster.
“He started drawing Amabie in late March, practicing for about a month,” keeper Sae Ishino told AFP.
“We perform the drawing of Amabie hoping the pandemic of the new coronavirus will come to an end soon.”
by Harumi OZAWA / Natsuko FUKUE