Osaka's "Rubber Duck Project 2009" is a product of Dutch artist Florentij Hofman. His rubber duckies have been seen all over the world. Why a big rubber duck you ask?
"The Rubber Duck knows no frontiers, it doesn't discriminate people and doesn't have a political connotation. The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties: it can relieve mondial tensions as well as define them. The rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages!"
Japanese people are loving this. They are so obsessed with the genre of "Cute" that I'm surprised they haven't blown up a huge duck and stuck it in a river years ago.
OMG... What if a big Ernie comes and wants to play with this duck! Oh NOOOOOOoooo!!!!Get me the Mayor of Osaka immediately. We have a code RED brought to you by the Letter H and the Number 12 on hand. ABORT. I say again ABORT!