Doraemon in Taipei for immersive exhibit
By Enru Lin, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- He's Japan's best-known blue cat, and he's in Taipei now for his own interactive museum.
December 29, 2012, 12:05 am TWN
“A lot of people in Taiwan grew up with Doraemon,” said James Yang (楊仁烽) from the Gold Media Group (金傳媒), co-organizer of the “100 Years before the Birth of Doraemon” exhibit in Taipei.
“For a long time, we have had our eye on bringing in this exhibit from Hong Kong.”
The Taipei exhibit showcases the same pieces that made a splash at Hong Kong this summer: a hundred life-sized Doraemons, each carrying a different fanciful gadget. Sent back in time from the 22nd century, Doraemon has an endless supply of futuristic toys in his arsenal.
“When his friends Nobita and Shizuka are in trouble, he whips out a gadget from his 4D pocket to help them solve their problems ... That's the most charming aspect of the cartoon series,” said Yang.
The museum also offers many of the fun, hands-on activities from the Hong Kong edition. Visitors can snap a photo in Doraemon's time machine, or listen to a concert featuring the passionate but unbearable vocalist, Gean. The gallery offers a boutique cafe that serves up Doraemon's favorite snack dorayaki — tiny pancakes with red bean paste — and memory bread, a gadget that lets Nobita remember anything if he copies it on to the toast and eats it.
Items special to the Taipei exhibit are rare drafts of the original comic strip, plus never-before-seen theme installations like one called “Doraemon's Birth.” Find out what Doraemon looked like before a robot mouse bit off his ears, turning his paint to a shade of depressive blue.
The “100 Years before the Birth of Doraemon” exhibit runs until April 7 at the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park.