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Doraemon Museum with a new OES member’s family in Japan
Harumi Sugimatsu, BEACON newsletter Editor in Chief
Do you know “Doraemon,” a Japanese manga series by Fujiko F Fujio (Hiroshi Fujimoto)? The series started in 1969 and still continued until today, even though the author had passed away in 1996.
In the story, Doraemon, a cat type home robot travels back from the 22nd century to support the boy “Nobita Nobi” (Doraemon lives with his descendant family in a future world).
Doraemon has a four-dimensional pocket on his tummy, in which are unexpected tools developed by future technology that can save Nobita from his crisis, such as an escape from a bully or so. Bamboo-Copter, a small piece of headgear that can make us fly into the sky, and Anywhere Door, a pink-colored door that can make us travel anywhere we want to visit, are the well-known tools.
Fujiko F. Fujio Museum, so called Doraemon Museum, was established in commemoration of the author in his living area on outskirts of Tokyo in 2011 (fujiko-museum.com/english/).
With a new OES member Zonghua Liu of IIS, U-Tokyo, and his wife Faye and their baby boy James, we visited the museum on 8 February 2020.
We can learn how the Doraemon series and his unique tools are created there.
When you have a chance to visit Japan, please visit the museum where you can meet the seeds and needs of future technologies like “Back to the Future.”