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Bring Back Childhood Memories with Doraemon Exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore

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This is the first time that the exhibition is held outside Japan. Make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and create lasting memories with your beloved childhood icon!

Finally, the most-awaited Doraemon Exhibition is open to the public at the National Museum of Singapore. Running from November 5 to February 5 next year, the display will feature the contemporary artworks of 28 Japanese artists, including that of the Doraemon manga artist, Fujiko F. Fujio.

Presented by Leyouki, the Doraemon Exhibition Singapore 2022 is its first global showcase held outside Japan. Aside from the fascinating artworks made by Japanese artists, exhibit visitors will also get to see the unique version of the original Doraemon made by local creatives, Leslie Kee and Jahan Loh. Collectibles and distinctive artwork are also available in the zone.

Missing Your Favorite Childhood Character? Here are Some Exciting Things to Look Forward to Upon Your Visit!

Doraemon Exhibition Singapore 2022 hopes to bring closer the humble beginnings of the beloved cat-style robot. If you are planning to visit the Doraemon Exhibition Singapore 2022 with your friends and family members, here are some of the exciting treats that you can look forward to during your upcoming visit.

  1. Original Drawings of Manga Doraemon

Are you an avid fan of the original creator of Doraemon? Then take this opportunity to get up close and personal with the original drawings of Fujiko F Jujio on display at the Doraemon Exhibition Singapore 2023!

More than 70 original drawings, including inventive and formative illustrations, made by the iconic manga artist, the late Hiroshi Fujimoto, will be up for viewing – done for the first time in Asia! Translated into 17 languages and appearing in over 20 countries and regions, across comics, television, and movies, it is indeed worthwhile to see the early iterations of Doraemon through these displays.

Aside from that, you can also marvel at the wonderful Doraemon creations reproduced by other contemporary artists. The artworks on display feature the reinterpretation of Doraemon through time, reflecting the changes that happened around the world and their cultural impact on today’s society.

  1. Iteration of Fujimoto’s Desk

To get a better picture of the creator’s working style and creative process behind the celebrated character, exhibit visitors can interact with the reproduction of Fujimoto’s desk in his workroom – where many of these Doraemon drawings were born. The setup is complete with his drawing tools, as well as books and figures of his favorite themes.

To create a fiction that mirrors what the future looks like, Fujimoto invested so much time and effort before he got to create Doraemon. While the animated series looks fun and easy to follow, it took a lot of work – extensive legwork to put together science and science fiction – so that the visuals and storyline can cater to the interests of both the young and the old.

  1. Sebastian Masuda’s Luminary Interpretation of Doraemon

Another striking display in the Doraemon Exhibition is the 2.6-meter-tall reinterpretation of Doraemon by Japanese artist, art director, and producer of Harajuku Shop, Sebastian Masuda. Putting together over 10,000 pieces of material, including cotton and toys sourced from markets all over the world, he came up with the “Final Weapon” in 2017 – which referred to the film Nobita’s Dorabian Nights.

Make your own interpretation of Doraemon by joining Masuda’s exclusive workshop, where you get a chance to create your mascot with an array of colorful decorations. Note that only ticket holders can sign up for this workshop, and participants are limited to 60. Hence, make sure to secure your slot!

  1. Wouldn’t It Be Nice If We Do Such A Thing by Takashi Murakami 

Having been greatly influenced by Fujio, artist Takashi Murakami made a bridge between manga and contemporary art and came up with the Wouldn’t It Be Nice If We Could Do Such A Thing painting in 2017 and My Summer Vacation With My Little Brother And Doraemon in 2002. Both are on display at the Doraemon Exhibition Singapore 2022 as a tribute to Fujio.

As per Murakami: “While I was pondering over what was the most important thing in the Doraemon series, I realized that maybe Fujiko F. Fujio himself held the key. When I inserted him into the picture, it was as if the whole thing suddenly came alive.”

  1. Doraemon Café

While it’s all fun and nostalgic, the interactive display in the Doraemon Exhibition Singapore 2023 may drain the energy in you. To sustain the fun, feel free to take a break when hunger strikes and take a bite of Doraemon’s favorite snack – yes, the dorayaki is available at the Doraemon Café!

Uhuh, the favorite Japanese confectionary featured in the manga and animated series is real. Made from two pancakes and sweet azuki bean paste filling, you will surely get to understand why Doraemon loves it so much.

Grab your snacks at the pop-up café located in the Basement Gallery Foyer. This café was brought to realization through collaboration with Toraya, an esteemed wasagi maker with experience in the business spanning close to 500 years.

  1. Singapore-exclusive Doraemon Merchandise

Can’t get enough of your Doraemon Exhibition Singapore 2022? Take home a piece of your childhood with you as the exhibit offers an exclusive line-up of Doraemon merchandise that is up for grabs. Limited edition merchandise includes tote bags, mugs, and stationery items, among others.

Got nothing to do over the weekend? Have a trip down memory lane and visit the Doraemon Exhibition Singapore 2022! Got a prior commitment? No worries. The exhibition will be up until February 5, 2023. Tickets are available here for $30.

While at it, take this chance to explore the rest of the National Museum of Singapore as well. Learn more about the history of the structure, which was first established in 1849, and discover the other exhibitions taking place.

Book your tickets now!

Cover image credit: National Museum of Singapore

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