Doraemon is one the most celebrated and loved cartoon character in Japan. This Japanese manga series was created by Fujiko F. Fujio in 1969 and was made into an anime series in 1973. So far, Doraemon’s popularity shows no signs of dimishing. In March 2008, Doraemon was appointed by the Japanese Foreign Ministry of tourism as the “anime ambassador.” (Please read our previous blog entry “More Manga Characters to Join the Government“). A lot about Doraemon is already known and is even considered as common sense. Everybody knows how his fear for mice turned him blue from yellow (literally), how his feet are actually hovering and not touching the ground, and that his favorite food is Dorayaki. But, did you know there is a mysterious association with him and the number 129.3?
Date of manufacture: September 3, 2112 (12/9/3)
Height: 129.3 cm
Weight: 129.3 kg
Width of his chest: 129.3 cm
Length of his leg: 129.3 mm
Maximum power output: 129.3 bhp
Maximum height he can jump when he sees a mouse: 129.3 m
Maximum speed at which he runs away from a mouse: 129.3 km/h
The number 129.3 is from the average height (in centimeters) of Japanese children in the 4th grade in 1969. This is significant for two reasons. First, 1969 is the year Doraemon was created by Mr. Fujiko. Second, and perhaps more imporantly, Nobita first met Doraemon when he was in the 4th grade (hence the significance of the height of the average 4th grader). Nobita is Sewashi’s (Doraemon’s owner) great-great-grandfather. This is because Doraemon was sent from the future to help Nobita improve his life so that he could enjoy a better future. Mr. Fujiko wanted to create a close friendship between Nobita and Doraemon, so he chose Doraemon’s height (and the number 129.3 for other specifications) to give them many things to relate to.