A birthday party for ASIMO was held in Bangkok, Thailand, just as it has been held in Japan annually.
At the HONDA Welcome Plaza, children cerebrated ASIMO's third birthday. On the following two days, November 1st and 2nd, "ASIMO fun party" events were organized, celebrating ASIMO and the travels in Pacific Asia for a year since first visiting Thailand, and welcoming ASIMO back to Thailand after a long period away. More than 1,000 people gathered at the events each day.
On October 31st, at HONDA Welcome Plaza in Thailand, many children gathered to celebrate ASIMO's birthday. A cake that was taller than ASIMO was prepared, and ASIMO cut the cake after a short celebratory message. Reporters and visitors gave their best wishes to ASIMO.
But there was an even bigger surprise. On a wide screen behind the Welcome Plaza appeared ASIMO working at HONDA Aoyama Main office in Japan. This ASIMO said there was a celebration being held in Japan as well, and sent a message encouraging everyone to work hard together. ASIMO in Thailand seemed surprised by this, and vowed to continue to go around Pacific Asia to meet many people, from ASIMO's base in Thailand.
ASIMO started living in Thailand in summer of 2002. For more than a year, ASIMO has been traveling around Pacific Asia and met many VIPs and children in each region, appealing for advanced creativity and challenging people to work toward their dreams. Since ASIMO was scheduled to come back to Thailand from India after a month away and have a birthday, an "ASIMO fun party" was held at the HONDA Welcome Plaza in Bangkok one day before the birthday party to reflect on the activities of ASIMO. Due to the fact that the parties were announced at the "APEC Investment Mart 2003", more than 1,000 people came to the Welcome Plaza and celebrated ASIMO's achievements.
A poster for the ASIMO fun party
Children were requested to send in pictures of ASIMO as they would like to see ASIMO in the future. The best of the pictures will be used in a calendar for next year. It is clear from this that ASIMO is getting closer and closer to people.