Just opened: Doraemon creator, Fujiko F. Fujio gets his own museum

Did you know Doraemon celebrated his Sep 3 birthday earlier this month with the opening of his creator, Fujiko F. Fujio's museum near Tokyo?

The museum is based on the wish of Fujiko F. Fujio's wife, Mrs. Masako. The museum intends to introduce the world of Fujiko F. Fujio, who passed away in 1996, and manga world widely to the people. The museum is built by Fujiko Pro and dedicated to Kawasaki-city.

What sets this museum apart from other gimmicky theme park-like attractions that Japan is so famous for is its authenticity: called Fujiko Museum, the three-storey space spans 3,700 square meters and contains a mini theatre, a cafe with references to Fujimoto's tales, and a recreation of the vacant lot familiar to Doraemon fans. The museum also exhibits many items, including original drawings by Fujimoto and other objects belonging to him, such as a desk, cameras, books and plastic models.

While Fujimoto's world of imagination is wonderful, the mood of the museum is a respectful and scholarly one, focusing on his prolific body of work and his life.

There's another huge sign that signals this place isn't here to make big bucks from casual sight-seeing tourists: its location. Situated in Kawasaki's residential district of Tama, the museum is very near to where Fujimoto's home was. We also hear that a maximum of only 500 daily visitors are allowed to step in (according to the official website, this is to ensure "every guest could thoroughly enjoy the museum").

For those thinking of visiting the Fujiko Museum, reservation of tickets has to be made way in advance and tickets can only be reserved from Lawson, a popular convenience chain store in Japan.

Find out more about the Fujiko Museum here


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