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Shaun the Sheep Farm Garden attraction opens in Japan

A popular English garden-themed attraction in Japan has welcomed some very recognisable faces to the fold, thanks to an ongoing collaboration with the UK animation studio, Aardman.

A collaboration between Aardman and Tohokushinsha Film Corporation has resulted in the grand opening of a new Shaun the Sheep area at the English Garden Rosa & Berry, the popular themed attraction in Japan’s Tawada.

‘Shaun the Sheep Farm Garden’ opened to visitors on Sunday, March 31st, and is billed as an ‘exciting new facility within the garden,’ where children and adults can have fun together through ‘experiencing’, ‘learning’ and ‘eating’.

The 5,000 square metre attraction showcases life-sized versions of sets from the award-winning world of Shaun the Sheep, such as the Farmer’s House and the Sheep’s Barn alongside a number of statues of popular characters including Shaun, Bitzer and the Farmer.

The site also features a café with an outdoor terrace and a multipurpose facility, available for hosting exhibitions and events. The gift shop offers a range of appealing official Shaun merchandise including bespoke items developed especially for ‘Shaun the Sheep Farm Garden’.

Ngaio Harding-Hill, head of attractions and live experiences at Aardman, said: “We are thrilled to celebrate the opening of the Shaun the Sheep Farm Garden at The English Garden Rosa & Berry Tawada, Japan, which offers visitors an exciting world first – the opportunity to experience a life-sized recreation of Mossy Bottom Farm, set in the stunning countryside of the Shiga Prefecture.”

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