‘Meet Doraemon’ opens at Bishop Museum
In the animated world of “Doraemon,” the titular robot cat from the future has a four-dimensional pouch from which he pulls gadgets that help spice up the life of a boy named Noby.
Visitors to Bishop Museum will get a chance to learn about that aspect of Doraemon and many others starting Saturday, as “Meet Doraemon: Japan’s Time-Traveling Cat,” an exhibit jointly produced by the museum and the Fujiko F. Fujio Museum in Kawasaki, Japan, makes its U.S. debut. Along with the interactive displays, video stations, character cutouts, Doraemon statues and original artwork by artist Fujiko F. Fujio that will be part of the regular exhibit, the museum is pulling a number of activities from its own four-dimensional pouch to entertain visitors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on opening day.
“Normally in an exhibit like this, about midway we would look at doing something,” said Carol Diebel, Bishop Museum senior vice president. “But … because it is such a short time frame for the exhibit as well, that’s why we’re having (this) big opening day.”
Children can get their face painted like Doraemon, take part in finger painting with “Claws and Paws” and make a Doraemon bell collar. Two local art groups will also be hosting activities — Comic Jam Hawaii will have worksheets on which keiki can draw, while MangaBento will have a photo booth with Doraemon-themed cutouts and a hat-making activity.
Cosplayers — those fans who dress up as their favorite anime and manga characters — can get $2 off opening-day admission and participate in two stage events hosted by local anime convention Kawaii Kon. In “Action Pose-Off,” participants strike a pose called out by the emcee, while in “Iron Cosplay,” participants are given supplies to turn into a costume in a limited amount of time.
Visitors can take also take pictures with a costumed Doraemon mascot from the Fujio Museum — one of only three in existence, according to Diebel.
Jayson Chun, associate professor of history at the University of Hawaii at West Oahu, will give a lecture, “Let’s Talk Japanese Manga,” in Paki Conference Room II. Entertainment will be provided by the Taiko Center of the Pacific Youth Group, Chaotic Five, Men in Grey Suits and Paula Fuga, and food trucks will be on hand.
Also available for purchase and exclusive to the exhibit will be a line of Hawaii-themed merchandise, including keychains, plush dolls, T-shirts and bags, as well as items straight from the Fujio Museum.
Save up your money, as there will be only one shipment from Japan.
“People should buy stuff when they come, because we have no guarantee that we can replace it,” Diebel said.