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Saturday, August 25, 2012

One Hundred Doraemon in Hong Kong

Event: 100 Years Before the Birth of Doraemon
Dates: Aug 2012
Location: Harbour City 海港城
Address: 3-27 Canton Road, Ocean Terminal Forecourt, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Doraemon, a Japanese cartoon character known to millions of fans across Asia has recently landed in Hong Kong! Well, in fact a hundred of these robo-cat are waiting for you near the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier.

100 Years before the Birth of Doraemon

One of the most well-know shopping complex in Hong Kong, Harbour City is currently hosting an “100 Years Before the Birth of Doraemon Exhibition".

Hundreds of Doraemon figures 100体のドラえもん in Hong Kong

Doraemon everywhere!

The main character of the famous Japanese anime Doraemon (ドラえもん in Japanese) is supposed to be manufactured in September 2112. Hence, this exhibition celebrates the birth of this cute blue robotic cat in 2012 by displaying the character 100 times.

Doraemon ドラえもん
Doraemon ドラえもん
All the exhibits are about the height of a standard child and three times the width. The way how these exhibits are being organized reminds me of the Qin Dynasty Terracotta Warriors... hum... each one of these Doraemon has a different look however.

You can lookup references on this character. In short, the story is about a robotic cat sent from the future (by his grandson) to aid a school boy named Nobita Nobi. The robotic cat named Doraemon has all sorts of gadgets to assist Nabita. It's kind of kids version of Arnold Schwarzenegger's The Terminator. Where are Doraemon's ears? Why is its head round? In the story, they were bitten off by mice and Doraemon cried and lost the original outer yellow coating and became an ear-less blue robotic cat.

Terracotta Warriors? One Hundred Doraemon 100体のドラえもん!



They are waiting for you near Star Ferry Pier

A door that takes you to everywhere

How to pronounce the name Doraemon (ドラえもん in Japanese)? Door-la-ae-mon. The locals here in Hong Kong gave it a much easier to pronounce name: Ding Dong. Come to Tsim Sha Tsui to see 100 Ding Dong!

Gateway to Victoria Harbour of Hong Kong, China