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Legion of Doreamon in Roppongi

Posted in Places by tokyobling on July 23, 2014

If you happen to pass Tokyo’s famous Roppongi Hills this month you will have the chance to 66 different life sized Doraemon figures, all over the square in front of the main building. Doraemon as comic book and anime character is to Japan what the Mouse is to the USA. There is basically no way to over estimate the importance of the blue cat in at least two generations of Japanese and possibly more.

Why so many figures? Doraemon is a wonder cat and has access to all kinds of strange and wonderful stuff to help him and his friends in their daily lives. Often the premise of the stories is that the characters express a wish to avoid something or concern over something and Doraemon will produce the seemingly perfect object for the occasion, for example a piece of bread that gives the eater amazing math skills or a head mounted propeller that gives them the ability to fly. But of course, inevitably something goes disastrously wrong and Doreamon is forced to take his gift back from the kids. 66 of these things are represented in this installation of figures and it is pretty easy to see which of Doreamon’s toys are the most popular (hint: the Takecopter).

The figures aren’t kid proof however, and despite the staff doing their best to keep the figures safe the kids are all over them as soon as the staff turn their backs. The figures will be on display until August 24th.













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  1. pk1154 said, on July 23, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Aaiiii! Too cute!


  2. Cathryn said, on July 25, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Passport of Satan? Oh Japan, you’re crazy and awesome.


    • tokyobling said, on July 26, 2014 at 7:26 am

      It is a passport that allows the wearer to get away with all sorts of bad behavior. Staying up past your bedtime? Flash this at your parents and they will shut up! Cheating at a test in school? This passport will silence your teacher! Etc. (^-^;) Of course there is a catch though…


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