Another journey of mine in Japan, I visited Fujiko F. Fujio Museum, which a place where the popular anime series of Doraemon belongs & all of other Fujiko’s works. Fujiko F. Fujio is a pen name of the famous Japanese mangaka named Hiroshi Fujimoto. Originally formed as Fujiko Fujio, a partnership pen name of Hiroshi Fujimoto with Motoo Abiko. They formed their partnership in 1951, and used the Fujiko Fujio name from 1954 until dissolution of the partnership in 1987. After the separations both of them still continues their own works on creating many mangas, & they got their own pen name which is Fujimoto was Fujiko F. Fujio, while Abiko was Fujiko A. Fujio. This museum mostly will tells about “F” one, because Hiroshi Fujimoto was the one who firstly created Doraemon franchise! Okay, 1st of all…
The Museum is located in Kawasaki-city & the nearest access is from Noborito station (Odakyu line or JR Nanbu line). After you’re in Noborito, there will be a bus waiting for you & the other visitors with tickets, the bus is the light blue one with Doraemon & his gangs artworks. But, you can already tell which bus even if I didn’t post the photo. However, to get the admission tickets you’ll have to purchase it in Japan’s mini market Lawson, because they do not sell any tickets directly at the museum. For more informations of the locations/access & tickets reservation can be check in here & here.
Arriving to the destinations, we’ll have to queue in the enterance of the museum. I didn’t managed to get the picture of the enterance door due to the lots of people queuing the museum enterance. However, during queuing, we get to see the enterance has some cute yet annoying (thanks to Gian actually) display on the window wall, & some of the merchandise shown are sold in the museum gift shop. Inside the museum, after we shown the tickets to the staffs we’re given with Museum’s theater tickets & audio guide for the informations of the museum’s original artworks & tools shown from Fujiko’s works. Unfortunately, during this scene we’re prohibited on taking photograph inside the museum & since the staffs are pretty much guarding them so, we don’t want to risk ourselves on sneaking around. The room has lots of Fujiko’s original works displayed on the wall & on the table & it’s where we use the audio guide. However, I was too tired after queuing by standing too long so, I decided to take a seat for regaining slight stamina since I had a limited physical conditions. But, then one of the staffs asked me they will borrow me their wheelchair if I need it, & I was forcefully said “yes”. Hate to say this since I never want to use wheelchair anymore, lol. The wheelchair was super comfortable & nice to ride, although they’re a bit heavy.
After that, we went into the Fujiko’s Library, where the room has lots of Fujiko’s manga works to read for free!! & the attractive part from this room is the life sized statue of Doraemon reading his own manga story eating Dorayakis accompanied by 1 ocha. The wall even printed with Fujiko’s artworks from his manga creations.
The Library also got bunch of interesting display & some fun stuffs to play, we get to see display of some miniatures, some Doraemon’s tool, frame display, Doraemon shaped big gashapon (forgot to take the picture but, I played 1 times on it), & a pole puzzle bricks play of Fujiko’s artworks that can we arrange correctly.
We also given with theater tickets for watching the museum’s exclusive movie, again Cameras or any recorder devices are highly prohibited so, we can’t take any photoshoots inside the theater. So, I can’t actually explain much by the words only, I’m afraid of misremembering since I can be forgetful. The movie actually felt familliar, it’s like I once watch it but, more like trailers compare to full movie. After the movies, I was completely amazed when the theater’s screen was lifted up, the wall was actually a gate/door leads to the museum’s outdoor!! We get to see the ascent’s field with comfortable grass & there are 2 life sized permans statues on it, Perman 1 is slacking off exactly like Nobita, while Perman 2 is waving his hand in front of the gate/door. However, I was slightly disappointed by the color of the grass wasn’t fully green but, still a nice place I actually wanted to slacking off like that too on that ascent, just like Nobita or that Perman 1. Also, this is where we mostly spends our time on photoshooting!
1st, from the window inside the museum we get to see a beautiful green scenery & there’s many stuffs displayed in there, since they’re small/not real life sized, we can barely see them… But, that’s the fun part, because from that greenery we must find which one & what are they. As far as I found, I saw 2 tools of Doraemon & 3 Tsuchinokos. Then we saw another door inside leading to the Woodcutter’s Spring, of course… One of Doraemon’s tools that allows us to throw many useless/broken/ugly stuffs to the spring to get a replacements, the new & better one. For example in this spring we get to see the result of the original Gian fell off himself to the spring, & the angel guardian robot of that spring summon herself with the new Gian or he’s known as Kirei na Gian. It means clean/pretty/pure Gian but, in this spring Kirei na Gian is still under the spring & in order to summon him we’ll need to move up & down the lever until he’s up on the spring but, he won’t be staying up for long since he’ll be drown back to the spring. So, make a good use moment while he’s still on the spring, unless you’ll have to move the lever up & down again.
Yes! Another great real life sized display on the outdoor!! There’s more on the rooftop but, we cannot stay for long since we got another schedule to go other places. In here, we get to see the actual size of Pisuke with Nobita & Doraemon statue, there’s also Dokodemo Doa/Anywhere Door in 1/1 scale, & also Doraemon’s statue with the field’s pipes just like in the series. This is where the visitors spends their time taking photos by posing with them. We didn’t make it to take photos much since the weather starts raining, bummer… So, we go to the cafe for lunch but, it’s full as hell we didn’t managed to sit in there. But, we visits the Gifts Corner Fujikoya, where they sells many sweets including Dorayaki, a Japanese style sponge cake. So, we bought some, it has Doraemon’s variant cute & funny decors on it. The cake is filled with anko (red bean paste), it looks delicious but, I didn’t make it to eat it in the end….
Since we’re running out of time, we ended by visiting the Museum Gift Shop. Not quite much to buy but, I picked the best and the cheapest I could afford. These Doraemon sets of toys only costs 800 Yen!! Which is only 88.000 IDR, & it was worth it after I did a little research for this toys, in here can costs to be 150.000 IDR!! Man, the schedule problem disappoint me alot since I haven’t explore more, especially on the rooftop!! Next time, I’ll definitely spend a whole day in there!! I hope I can go to Japan again!! Also, the service in here is incredibly nice, They really-really care with the visitors, even to me which they think I’m disable. In fact I can walk but, not too far since I’m easily gets tired. As for the Museum feedback from me:
- Survey: 4.5 stars
- Service: 4 stars
- Food: – I didn’t get to eat anything in the museum. 😦
- Value for money: 3.5 stars
- Atmosphere: 4.5 stars
- Cleanliness: 4 stars
Note: Official web sites of Fujiko F. Museum.