Doraemon Museum   ドラえもん ミュージアム

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Doraemon, well known Japanese blue kitten is the star of the museum Kawasaki (Tokyo).

Doraemon, well known Japanese blue kitten is the star of the museum Kawasaki (Tokyo).

The Doraemon museum offers numerous boards of famous manga Fujiko F. Fujio designed by.

The Doraemon museum offers numerous boards of famous manga Fujiko F. Fujio designed by.

Outside the Doraemon museum, a children's garden customized to the effigy of local hero.

Outside the Doraemon museum, a children's garden customized to the effigy of local hero.

Fujiko Fujio's Empire

All Japanese know Doraemon, the mischievous blue robot cat. 30 minutes away from Tokyo, a museum honors the feline and its creator.

Television, packaging, ... difficult to miss Doraemon in Japan, one of the most famous mascots in the country. Popularized in the early 70's by Fujiko Fujio's manga, the kitten will soon become the hero of an animated series with exceptional longevity (it is still aired on TV Asahi today), and even "animated ambassador" of Japanese culture abroad in 2008.

A cartoon life

It is in Kawasaki that a small, but dense museum, retraces the fate of this lovely cat with whom many Japanese have grown up with. The many boards designed by its creator (which also gives the museum its official name, Fujiko F. Fujio Museum) are the main collections, and adorn the rooms on the ground floor. In fact, it is rather the mangaka (manga author) than Doraemon who is the star here. The museum evokes the life of the artist, his passions, and his other successes (the aliens from Chimpui or the schoolboy from Bakeru-kun ).

Merchandising

Upstairs, next to life-size statues of the characters in Doraemon, a reading room is filled with manga, and a small cinema broadcasts a new episode of the series. On you way out, you will find it hard not to spend some time in the museum shop, and especially its coffee shop, which serves customized dishes in the shape of the local hero! Among them, the Doraemon Dorayaki is all the rage: the pancake stuffed with red bean is the cat's favorite treat.

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