TAKAOKA, Toyama - An exhibition tribute to Fujiko F. Fujio, a manga artist known for "Doraemon" and "Perman," is under way at Takaoka Art Museum in Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture. The artist was born in the city. The exhibition features about 90 original drawings and 32 Doraemon statues with different facial expressions.
The works are on loan from Fujiko F. Fujio Museum in Kawasaki.
A short 3-D anime depicting a Doraemon time machine adventure with Nobita is shown in a 4D theatre using projection mapping technology. The anime lasts about three minutes. Visitors are also given a chance to have their photos taken with popular characters.
The exhibition, which will last until May 6, is open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and closed Mondays.
Coinciding with the exhibition's opening, postmarks bearing specially redesigned images of Doraemon will be stamped on letters and postcards mailed from the city's Doraemon Post postbox.
The postbox is in the shape of Doraemon and made of copper, symbolizing Takaoka's traditional copper-ware manufacturing. It is installed in a waiting room at JR Takaoka Station.
Doraemon stamps at stations
Doraemon fans can collect stamps bearing images from the manga at major stations along the JR Nambu Line and three other stations in an event promoting the train line, which has deep connections with Fujiko F. Fujio.
Fujiko lived in Tama Ward in Kawasaki along the line for many years, and the Fujiko F. Fujio Museum, which is dedicated to him, is also in the ward.
Thanks to this and in commemoration of the movie "Eiga Doraemon Nobita no Uchu Eiyuki" (Nobita's Space Heroes), which was released last Saturday, East Japan Railway Co.'s Yokohama branch office launched the event.
Until March 22, 12 different stamps of Doraemon and other characters appearing in the movie are available at nine stations on the line, such as Tachikawa and Kawasaki stations, as well as at three other stations in Kanagawa Prefecture, including Yokohama Station.
Sheets for collecting the stamps are available at major stations in the Tokyo metropolitan area. Participants collect stamps with the aim of reaching event targets - Musashi-Kosugi or Yokohama stations.
Those who have collected five stamps will receive special Doraemon movie-themed sun visors.