Superhero sightings would be welcome news in a year as tumultuous as 2020. TikToker @hidden.on.google.earth asked in a video, “is this real,” while zooming in on a building in Google Earth. The TikTok video appeared to show a Spider-Man figure perched atop a building.
The video itself had no coordinates or identifying location information. Multiple commenters asked “where is this,” but no one answered. However, a little bit of digging led us to StreetViewFun.com, which posted: “Spiderman is here to save Japan.” The building Spider-Man was seen perched atop in Google Street View was located in the city of Ichinomiya in Aichi Prefecture, Japan.
The video that showed Google Earth only revealed one Spider-Man, but in fact, two figurines clung to the building.
A view of the front of the building revealed a second Spider-Man, which from afar looked to be the character Venom. However, it was not Venom, at least according to a company’s website.
The two Spider-Man figurines were part of the Mitani Equipment Industry Co., Ltd. building. On the company website, a translation from Japanese said they specialize in “water supply and drainage equipment, air conditioning equipment, sewerage, etc., mainly in Ichinomiya City, Aichi Prefecture.”
We also roughly translated the company’s explanation of the two Spider-Man figures:
The two Spider-Mans are landmarks. Spider-Man on the roof of the company is staring at the Meishin Expressway, which runs right next to him, and is watching over the safety of your traffic. Never stare at it while driving or take a picture with your smartphone. Please try to drive safely today as well. Thank you for your work!
And the black Spider-Man who climbs the wall in front of the company follows the spider’s web that was stretched around and goes to grab the signboard of our company (Mitani Equipment Industry Co., Ltd.). At our company, which constantly pursues new things and takes on challenges without being bound by common sense, we will never forget this playfulness. Please visit us when you pass by.
— 渡辺健介『U-tract』 (@nabe_kensuke) August 18, 2016
One Spider-Man can also be viewed on Google Street View from the expressway.