Are you a fan of Japanese manga/ anime series, Doraemon (多啦A夢)?

I am a big fan and grew up reading Doraemon manga and watching Doraemon anime. I am sure most others born in the 80s have fond memories of Doraemon from their childhood like I do.

When I was in Hong Kong earlier this year, a large scale free Doraemon exhibition was being held at Harbour City and I was excited to be able to visit it.

“100 Years Before the Birth of Doraemon”「你睇!! 多啦A夢嚟啦!誕生前100年祭」

“100 Years Before the Birth of Doraemon”「你睇!! 多啦A夢嚟啦!誕生前100年祭」

With my wife and son in tow, I met up with the friendly marketing folks from Harbour City, Karen (a famous blogger in Hong Kong herself) and Season, who guided us through the whole exhibition.

When we arrive at Harbour City, a spectacular scene of 100 Doraemon figurines with 100 different gadgets greeted us outside.

Each Doraemon figurine is accompanied with an unique QR code whereby visitors can scan to find out more about the featured gadgets.

Assorted Doraemons featuring 100 different gadgets

Assorted Doraemons featuring 100 different gadgets

There were people everywhere snapping away, posing with their favourite Doraemon figurines. Rachel, Asher and I joined in too:

Rows and rows of Doraemons

Rows and rows of Doraemons

Many people were snapping away, posing with the various Doraemons

Many people were snapping away, posing with the various Doraemons

My family and I at the Time Traveling Door in Doraemon's world

My family and I at the Time Traveling Door in Doraemon’s world

Did you know the very first Doraemon character design was yellow and had ears?

Did you know the very first Doraemon character design was yellow and had ears?

Doraemon with a spray can and a sailing one behind

Doraemon with a spray can and a sailing one behind

Doraemon with a pet dog

Doraemon with a pet dog

Doraemon with a mini Doraemon

Doraemon with a mini Doraemon

Doraemon with a magic lamp

Doraemon with a magic lamp

Two Doraemons beside the escalator

Two Doraemons beside the escalator

Doraemon madness - look at the volume of people the exhibition attracted!

Doraemon madness – look at the volume of people the exhibition attracted!

Inside Harbour City mall, Season showed to the various iconic scenes exhibits from the Doraemon manga series. These included classics like “The Night Before Nobita’s wedding!”, “Goodbye, Doraemon!” and “Memories of Grandma.”

If you are a fan, these are all well selected scenes that are heartwarming and touching. Rachel and I particularly like the story of Nobita going back to visit his grandma for one last time when she passed away:

Rachel and Asher beside Nobita with his grandma

Rachel and Asher beside Nobita with his grandma

More details on the iconic scene

More details on the iconic scene

The scene whereby Doraemon bid farewell to Nobita

The scene whereby Doraemon bid farewell to Nobita

Story background

Story background

Telephone booth to call to the future

Telephone booth to call to the future

Close-up of the phone

Close-up of the phone

This exhibit featuring the wedding of Nobita and Shizuka is very popular and there is always long queue for photos

This exhibit featuring the wedding of Nobita and Shizuka is very popular and there is always long queue for photos

My family and i "attending" the wedding of Nobita and Shizuka

My family and i “attending” the wedding of Nobita and Shizuka

This funny lady came prepared with a wedding ang pow!

This funny lady came prepared with a wedding ang pow!

Next, we visited the a special exhibition which featured many Doraemon-inspired gadgets designed by famous people in the design scene from around the world, including Phunk Studio from Singapore:

Stepping into the exhibition room

Stepping into the exhibition room

Inside the exhibition room

Inside the exhibition room

All sorts of Doraemon-inspired gadgets greeted us in the room

All sorts of Doraemon-inspired gadgets greeted us in the room

Canvas photo print of the 100 Doraemons

Canvas photo print of the 100 Doraemons

A large mechanical gadget

A large mechanical gadget

Cup noodle hair perm

Cup noodle hair perm

Dreamcatcher designed by Phunk Studio from Singapore

Dreamcatcher designed by Phunk Studio from Singapore

Animal crayons

Animal crayons

Magic matchsticks

Magic matchsticks

Money plants

Money plants

Various Doraemon-inspired artefacts on display

Various Doraemon-inspired artefacts on display

Panda pot

Panda pot

A large Doraemon figurine in the centre of the room

A large Doraemon figurine in the centre of the room

Age reverse camera

Age reverse camera

Wind cans

Wind cans

Nobita reading

Nobita reading

Familiar characters from Doraemon manga

Familiar characters from Doraemon manga

Big bully Takeshi Goda

Big bully Takeshi Goda

Doraemon-inspired knitwear and a post-it

Doraemon-inspired knitwear and a post-it

How to wear the Doraemon knitwear

How to wear the Doraemon knitwear

There was actually a booth selling limited edition Doraemon merchandises, but they were all snapped up within the first few days!

There was a booth selling limited edition Doraemon merchandises, but they were all snapped up within the first few days!

ALL SOLD OUT! :(

ALL SOLD OUT! 🙁

Limited edition watches - ALL SOLD OUT too

Limited edition watches – ALL SOLD OUT too

The exit

The exit

After visiting the exhibitions, we went for lunch and a fully day of shopping inside Harbour City.

Along the way, we passed by Bologne Cafe which was offering a special Doraemon-inspired menu. Rachel and I decided to try it out:

Bologne Cafe in Harbour City was serving a specially created Doraemon menu in conjunction with the exhibition

Bologne Cafe in Harbour City was serving a specially created Doraemon menu in conjunction with the exhibition

Check out the interesting Doraemon menu items

Check out the interesting Doraemon menu items

There's even coffee art featuring Doraemon characters!

There’s even coffee art featuring Doraemon characters!

Rachel and I ordered this Doraemon ice cream toast to share

Rachel and I ordered this Doraemon ice cream toast to share

The exhibition is already over for those who are interested to visit.

Nonetheless, you can read about it via fellow bloggers, Grace and Kiyo’s blog posts. The two of them were selected by Harbour City and omy.sg to fly to Hong Kong for the exhibition:

Grace Tan: Doraemon Exhibition in Hong Kong

Kiyo x Doraemon 100 Year Anniversary @ Harbour City Hong Kong

Here are some additional background information on the “100 Years Before the Birth of Doraemon” exhibition:

“Come join us in the early celebration of Doraemon’s birth – 100 years early!”
Doraemon date of birth is on September 3, 2112, meaning this year in 2012, it’ll be the start of the one hundred year countdown to his birthday! This summer from August 14 to September 16, Harbour City will be hosting the “100 Years Before the Birth of Doraemon” Exhibition. This exhibition will be Hong Kong’s largest celebration in honour of this beloved anime character. September 3 marks the exact day 100 years prior to Doraemon’s birth. Let’s all gather to reminisce about our childhood Doraemon memories.

“100 Doraemon with 100 Different Secret Gadgets”
In order to celebrate Doraemon’s early birthday (albeit 100 years early), Harbour City has partnered up with Animation International Ltd., supported by Fujiko Pro and ShoPro, and our creative partner, AllRightsReserved. Together the multi-faceted project will showcase 100 unique Doraemon figures along with 100 different pieces from his well-known repertoire of secret gadgets. This will all be displayed outside Harbour City’s Ocean Terminal, creating one of the most visually rewarding exhibitions ever seen in the city.

“The Famous Scene”
To carry on the campaign’s theme of friendship, future and dreams, three famous installations will be set up at different parts of Harbour City including “The Night Before Nobita’s wedding!”, “Goodbye, Doraemon!” and “Memories of Gra
ndma.” “The Celebration of 100 Years Before the Birth of Doraemon” – Concept Expo: Gadgets in the Future Inspired by Doraemon’s secret gadgets, “100 Years Before the Birth of Doraemon” is inviting creative parties from around the world to participate. Included are creatives from Hong Kong, China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and more, each on hand to specially create and design 30 original gadgets. Each design has been directly influenced by Doraemon’s own futuristic world. All of their specially crafted works will be displayed at the Gallery by the Harbour at Harbour City.

“100 Years Before the Birth of Doraemon” – Pop up Café
For the duration of the exhibition, the BO-LO’GNE café and bar located inside Harbour City’s LCX will be transformed into a pop-upDoraemon themed café. Besides an immersive experience, there will be dishes prepared specially for the occasion. The new menu items include a Doraemon spaghetti and hamburger set, a delicious dessert set served with a special themed drink and a BO-LO’GNE bun. Fans will also be given the opportunity to buy a limited edition “100 Years Before the Birth of Doraemon” souvenir plate.

“100 Years Before the Birth of Doraemon” Workshop
Doraemon the cartoon character has had a lasting impact on people of all generations, from children to adults. During the exhibition period, Harbour City will be hosting workshop sessions at KidX that welcomes parents and their children to participate in creating, designing and decorating their own personalized Doraemon figures. DORAEMON x AllRightsReserved “100 Years Before the Birth ofDoraemon” Limited-edition Premiums During the exhibition, limited-edition DORAEMON x AllRightsReserved “100 Years Before the Birth of Doraemon” premiums such as umbrella, t-shirts and mugs will be available at Gallery by the Harbour.

“100 Years Before the Birth of Doraemon” Official Facebook Page
http://facebook.com/100doraemon

Exhibition Details
Organizer: Harbour City and Animation International Ltd.,
Curator: AllRightsReserved Ltd.
Date: 12 August – 16 September, 2012
Time: 11:00 – 21:00 (Monday – Sunday)
Venue: Gallery by the Harbour- Shop 207, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsimshatsui (next to Fendi)
Harbour City Hotline: (852) 2118 8666  Website:www.harbourcity.com.hk