tdr0935_There is “hidden Tetsuko Kuroyanagi” at “It’s a Small World”?


“It’s a Small World” is an attraction that opened at the same time Tokyo Disneyland opened, which is on April 15th 1983.

It is a fairy tale-like attraction that dolls that represent each country welcome the guests by having “It’s a Small World” on background music.

Anyway, “It’s a Small World” creates such sweet view of the world, but actually among many dolls there is a girl with black hair and has onion shaped hairstyle and this is now gathering many attentions.

That girl can be seen in Oceania Zone.

Onion hairstyle girl with pink dress appears on the right hand side of direction moving towards.

When hearing onion shaped hairstyle, Japanese people probably imagine Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, who is famous with “Tetsuko’s room” and this is now gathering many attentions that that girl is probably “Tetsuko Kuroyanagi”.

The truth is unknown, but let’s say that is Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, then why she is appearing in “It’s a Small World”?

It seems there is no relation between “It’s a Small World” and Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, but actually there is a relation although indirectly.

“It’s a Small World” used to be pavilion that exhibit to New York World’s Fair by UNICEF provided by Pepsi cola and it is created by having pavilion request from UNICEF, so it was created as an attraction that taken UNICEF’s idea.

After the fair, it replaced to Disneyland in America in 1966 by adding North pole or Pacific Ocean scenes by based on the contract.

And Tetsuko Kuroyanagi is a person who inaugurated UNICEF goodwill ambassador for the first Asian in 1984, so she visits world’s developing countries every year.

Her energetic activity rated high, so she received “1st UNICEF Child Survival Awards” in 1985 and “1st UNICEF Leadership for Children Awards” in 2000, also given ” Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon” form Japanese government in 2003.

Because Tetsuko Kuroyanagi supports UNICEF, so she appeared in “It’s a Small World” that created with principle of UNICEF.

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