Thanks to Richie Y. at Karakui.net, I’ve been made aware of a series of new Okinawa Toyota commercials – yes, car commercials – featuring Okinawan historical figures including Shô Hashi, Amawari, Gosamaru, and Momoto Fumiagari. I don’t know what their intention, or message, is, what the purpose or meaning in using this characters is supposed to be, but it’s certainly amusing to see Gosamaru driving a car, and fun to see these historical figures appearing at all. Reminds me of the series of Tokyo Gas commercials featuring Nobunaga and other historical figures popping out of a wardrobe.
Without further comment, I present to you, three Okinawa Toyota X Great Figures of Ryukyu:
One featuring Gosamaru:
One featuring all four figures:
And another featuring all four: