Television personality Imalu appeared with SpongeBob SquarePants during a promotional event to promote a tie-up between the American cartoon character and McDonald’s Japan in Tokyo on Thursday.
‘‘SpongeBob was on television all the time (in Canada), so I naturally became a fan,’’ said the 21-year-old who attended high school in Canada. Her parents are comedian Samma Akashiya and actress Shinobu Otake.
The event kicked off a campaign to promote SpongeBob in Japan, where toys featuring the character will be included in McDonald’s Happy Meals for the first time starting Friday.
Television personality Imalu, whose parents are comedian Samma Akashiya and actress Shinobu Otake, holds a punk SpongeBob SquarePants doll, which she helped to design, during a promotional event for the popular American cartoon character in Tokyo on Jan. 20, 2011.
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