BISHOP MUSEUM ANNOUNCES THE US PREMIERE OF MEET! DORAEMON, AN EXHIBITION BY FUJIKO F FUJIO MUSEUM
Featuring Japan’s Iconic Robotic Time-Traveling Cat

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HONOLULU, HI – Bishop Museum breaks new ground this February as it hosts the US premiere of the exhibit, Meet! Doraemon, an exhibition by Fujiko F Fujio Museum, featuring Japan’s iconic blue robotic time-traveling cat.  This special limited engagement exhibition kicks off with an Opening Day Festival on Saturday, February 15.  Special programming will take place from 10 am to 2 pm, and will include keiki activities and a special character appearance by Doraemon himself!  The exhibition concludes on Sunday, April 20th.

Bishop Museum breaks new ground this February as it hosts the US premiere of the exhibit, Meet! Doraemon, an exhibition by Fujiko F Fujio Museum, featuring Japan’s iconic robotic time-traveling cat.This special limited engagement exhibit opens on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, and runs through Sunday, April 20. Developed by the Fujiko F Fujio Museum in Kawasaki, Japan, the exhibit explores the world of Doraemon, a blue time-traveling robotic cat from the future.

Since the creation of Doraemon by artist Fujiko F Fujio, in December 1969, Doraemon has become a universally known and beloved character in Japan and much of the rest of Asia. Doraemon is so popular, that in 2008, this blue cat was designated as Japan’s first “anime ambassador.” His appeal reaches beyond Japan; in 2002, Doraemon was acclaimed as “the cuddliest hero in Asia” in a special edition of Time Asia magazine. This exhibit will be the first introduction of Doraemon to the US.

Doraemon is a manga character that travels back from the future to rescue Nobita, a school boy, from his perpetual bad luck. With his endless array of fantastic gadgets (from his 4th dimensional pocket), can Doraemon save the future of Nobita and his descendants? These stories emphasize the themes of friendship, family, adventure, trust, and love.

This colorful and lively exhibit will feature large statue-like images of Doraemon characters inside the Castle Memorial Building and on the lawn. Interactive stations will allow kids and adults alike to explore the Doraemon universe. Look for recreations from the Doraemon story such as the magical “anywhere door,” and Nobita’s room. A video theater will run clips from Doraemon movies and a special art gallery will showcase the actual original artwork from the series’ creator, Fujiko F Fujio. Bishop Museum is pleased to be partnering with the Fujiko F Fujio Museum of Kawasaki, Japan, sponsors of the exhibition, and to be introducing Doraemon to Hawai‘i. Be sure to come Meet! Doraemon on exhibit at Bishop Museum from Feb. 15 through April 20, 2014.

Admission into Bishop Museum: Adults - $19.95; Youth (4-12) - $14.95 and Seniors (65+) - $16.95; Hawaii residents and Military with ID – Adults $12.95; Youth (4-12) - $8.95 and Seniors (65+) $10.95; (non-resident visitors accompanied by Military or a Hawaii resident with ID Adults - $16.95; Seniors (65+) - $13.95; and Youth (4-12) - $11.95); Bishop Museum members and children age three and younger are always free. Children age 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Bishop Museum is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed on Tuesdays and Dec. 25. For more information about Bishop Museum, please visit www.bishopmuseum.org, follow @BishopMuseum on Twitter and Instagram, become a fan of Bishop Museum on Facebook, or call (808) 847-3511.

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