if you don't know who he is, your childhood wasn't probably awesome 

Doraemon. A name that brings back a lot of memories, that you can say.

Back in my childhood, Doraemon comic books were like my best friend. I forgot how I was first exposed to this blue little robot cat (maybe it was my primary school friends, or a random TV series) but what I remember was how much Doraemon became a part of my life after that.

I remember how I went to the local bookstore every fortnight to check out whether there's any new Doraemon comic books and how I used to be very happy when there's one, using the 4.50$ that I have saved especially for it, looking forward to yet another awesome adventure with Doraemon, Nobita, Sizuka and the gang. I remember how I read and re-read Doraemon late into the night, even though my mum asked me to sleep early, often falling asleep with the book in my hand.

doraemon comic books, more interesting than your average textbooks 

I used to read the Malay version one though, as you can see, because I don't understand Chinese, but I guess that just proves how influential the comic series have been, until there's even a Malay translation.

With Doraemon, I learned that success and rewards do not come easy in this world, proven by how Nobita always end up in trouble for trying to cheat his way out of things using Doraemon's gadgets; I learned that everyone has a good side to them, even the bully Giant will defend his friends to his last strength when needed and I learned that there's selfless love in this world, seen from how much Doraemon would protect and help Nobita, even though Nobita has disappointed him time and time again.

I learned a lot of lessons and values about friendship, honesty, loyalty, courage and love from Doraemon and together with him, I have traveled to countless worlds, fighting different bad people and going through the adventure of a lifetime, all through the simple drawings of a comic book. It was a lot of fun, you can say, and Doraemon has indeed given me countless hours of entertainment when I was bored back then. Life would have been very different I never read Doraemon.

smiles and laughter, that's what Doraemon gave me

Come this September 3, it would have been more than 40 years since the story of Doraemon and Nobita were first drawn out and in hundred years more, it will mark the official birthday of Doraemon in 2112, according to the comic books. And in celebration of Doraemon's pre-100 years birthday, Harbour City of Hong Kong has put together an awesome exhibition to commemorate all the memories that we once had with the blue robot cat.

There will be a lot of activities prepared at the exhibition to bring us through all the fun times that we had together with Doraemon. For starters, there will be a showcase of gadgets that Doraemon has used over the years. Visitors will get to see how the famous Doraemon gadgets look like up close and in real life and over 100 gadgets will be showcased! In addition to that, there will also be 30 independently designed gadgets from designers all over the world, specially crafted with the futuristic Doraemon's world theme in mind.

i would definitely try to steal the "everywhere door" so I don't have to be stuck in those pesky traffic jams anymore

Aside from that, the event will also be showcasing three installations titled “The Night Before Nobita’s wedding!”, “Goodbye, Doraemon!” and “Memories of Grandma.” as part of the exhibition. If you are a fan of Doraemon, you would know that this three events are very important marks in Nobita's life because it represents a very big milestone/change that he has to accept in life. A change that transformed him completely after the experience. It brings back very strong feelings, that I can say, because I remember how I cried together with Nobita when he recounted his memories with his grandma. And how I cried again reading one of the fan made endings to the entire Doraemon franchise.

There's strong feelings involved, that's for sure, because over the years, I have learned to identify with Nobita and his shortcomings. And in him, I can always see a reflection of myself.

one of the unofficial endings to the series, which made me bawled like a baby

a representation of the grandmother chapter, which also made me bawled like a baby

the long awaited wedding between sizuka and nobita, after so much hardwork by Doraemon, i had tears of joy after this too

It would be very interesting to see how the 3 installations would be designed. Besides all these awesome things, there will also be a Doraemon themed cafe to top it all off. Visitors could get to enjoy the food that Doraemon loved so much too, the doraeyaki buns!

imagine doraemon serving you food! now that would be eye opening

The entire exhibition will be held at Harbour City, Hong Kong, and for your info, Harbour City is one of the large shopping malls in the Tsim Sha Tsui, featuring a huge arrays of shops and even boast of a hotel inside there. An ideal place for you to go on a shopping spree that lasts for a few days, if you ask me.

I would definitely want to visit the place, honestly speaking, because it boasts of a lot of attractions in it, including the largest Toys "R" Us shop in Hong Kong and a scenic ocean view just next to it. I mean, how many shopping centres have an awesome scenic view for you to admire while shopping? The big toy shop is also a deal, that I can tell you. Imagine all the toys I can get? And yes, I'm still a small boy at heart, after all, how could I still love Doraemon after all this years if I'm one grumpy old man?

an aerial view of harbour city. i mean, look at the size of that thing!

You know, I would really love to have the opportunity to visit this pre-100 Doraemon's Birthday Exhibition. I would want to experience the world of Doraemon first hand, and see for myself how will the gadgets look like in real life. But most importantly, relive the adventure again with everyone's favorite cat from the future. And perhaps mark it as my personal "Goodbye Doraemon" experience.

i wanna go so much until i dreamed that i became doraemon myself, called doralukeymon. heck even my email is inspired by doraemon's favorite food. that's how deep my love for doraemon is

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


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