Doraemon is definitely one of the most popular animated characters in Asia. For anyone who is unfamiliar, Doraemon began as a Japanese manga and turned into an animated series. The main character (Doraemon) is a robot cat from the 22nd century who goes back in time to help a young boy named Nobita Nobi. What’s interesting is that he has a pocket, which is a cross between a kangaroo’s pouch and Mary Poppins’ magic bag, that he pulls all sorts of futuristic “gadgets” from. Keeping this in mind, I present to you the 100 Doraemon Secret Gadgets Expo!
This exhibit was held in front of the I’Park mall at 용산역 (Yongsan Station) and showcased 100 different Doraemon statues. Keeping true to the theme of the expo, each statue came complete with one of the many gadgets used throughout the series. A few statues were scattered throughout the mall and some special events and Doraemon themed treats were offered at cafes and stores. There was even a special pop-up store filled with all the Doraemon fan essentials.
Although I may not be a big fan, I was glad to catch it before it ended. It was definitely one of the cutest exhibits I’ve seen here in Seoul, and I certainly wasn’t the only one to think so. It seemed to attract people of all age. Kids, parents and even grandparents couldn’t resist the urge to snap a few pics of or with the quirky blue parade of cats. Stumbling upon random little exhibits like this is one of the many things that keeps life in Seoul interesting. I wonder what I will come across next.