He's small, blue and now along with his creator Fujiko F. Fujio, Doraemon has his own museum. The fabulously popular Japanese cartoon character can now always be found on the outskirts of Tokyo. Let's pay him a visit.
During a media preview day on Monday, journalists viewed the 50-thousand-item collection, 150 of which are on permanent display.
Cartoon creator Fujio passed away in 1996, but his widow Masako Fujimoto said Doraemon transcends culture and language making him popular with children worldwide.
Masako Fujimoto, wife of Fujiko F. Fujio, said, "I personally believe that the very fact that children from all over the world read and enjoy Doraemon is a testament to the fact that children are children no matter where they are."
Doraemon's cartoon series has been translated into over 30 languages and still enjoys popularity in many countries and regions.
Although Fujio is most well-known for creating the duo of cat-from-the-future Doraemon and Nobita, the museum also showcases his other works including Obake no Q-taro and others.
The Doraemon character was selected as a cartoon cultural ambassador for Japan in 2008 to promote Japanese culture overseas.
The museum opens to the public on September 3rd.