Okay this is freaking awesome. Saga is a city located on the Japanese island of Kyushu. To increase tourism, they did a very tongue-and-cheek monster movie spoof called Alien of Ariake, playing up a Loch Ness-style monster that supposedly lives in the Ariake Sea nearby. The monster in question, warasubo, is actually a common fish otherwise known as Goby. It just happens to like mud and look all kinds of ugly. This sets up Saga City as having a great sense of humor which is quite unusual for tourism spots. Also, the mayor of Saga and local residents all starred in this so that's a bonus. I'd pack my bags and go just based on the humor alone. Love it.

Agency: Geometry Global Japan (GGJ), Ogilvy & Mather, Japan Group(OMJ) Chief Creative Officer: Ajab Samrai (OMJ) Creative Director: Masato Mitsudera (Head of Creative for GGJ) Copy Writer: Masato Mitsudera (Head of Creative for GGJ) Art Director: Akihiko Ono (GGJ) Producer: Masao Omokawa Director: Kengo Arima Camera: Yuta Shimotsu Computer Graphics: Yoshihisa Toyoda (RW) Casting: Shoichiro Nakajima Colorinst: Hiroshi Yasuoka Offline Editor: Shingo Sasaki Mixer: Yu Sato Production Manager: Takeshi Shichijo Production Assistant: Yuka Funakoshi Coordinator: Naoki Miyazoe, Daisuke Mishima (SAGA AD CENTER) Cast: The mayor of the city, Mr. Hideshima and citizens of city of Saga

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