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Sailor Moon Exhibition in Roppongi Hills

I went to the much-hyped Sailor Moon Exhibition in Roppongi Hills in June. I intentionally visited on a weekday, and as people recommended, bought my ticket at a convenience store. Therefore, I now have a pretty keepsake with Sailor Mercury. But, on the flip side, I missed all the exclusive merchandise at the souvenir shop.

Sailor Moon Roppongi Hills

As expected, it wasn’t very crowded on a Wednesday. Most of the visitors during the day were Japanese girls about my age. However, some of them took their boyfriends and I also spotted several foreign couples as well.

Sailor Moon Roppongi HillsSailor Moon Roppongi HillsOf course there were lots of iconic manga, fully colorized for the occasion (a good chance to practice my Japanese reading skills), sketches, and nostalgic Sailor Moon toys and goods. My parents were lucky they couldn’t buy me a doll dressed up as one of Sailor Senshi or Tuxedo Mask when I was a teenager. I would have wanted them all, and even more.Sailor Moon Roppongi HillsThe statues of Neo-Queen Serenity and King Endymion were dressed up in gorgeous costumes!

Sailor Moon Roppongi HillsThe atmosphere in the room where all original Sailor Moon seasons’ openings and endings were shown was very nostalgic. Many girls were almost crying. I suddenly felt the tears choking me, too.

Sailor Moon Roppongi HillsThe culmination of Sailor Moon Exhibition in Roppongi Hills (as a die-hard fan I would even say – the Moon Crisis), was the room with graphic works of Naoko Takeuchi. Please take a look at the wall with her autograph!

Sailor Moon Roppongi Hills

So, why did Sailor Moon became a social phenomenon? I guess it’s a combination of friendship, romance, magic, beauty, and the talent of Takeuchi-sensei that made this miracle happen. Now it looks a little naive, but it still captures the hearts and minds of Sailor Moon fans, old and new. A perfect friendship that exists only on the screen, lovers that never get bored of each other even in the next life (is it even possible?), demons that are always trying to do something evil and are always vanquished with the help of the said friendship and love.

Sailor Moon Roppongi Hills

Sailor Moon Exhibition in Roppongi Hills (04/16 – 06/19)
Address: Tokyo, Minato, 6-10-1 Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 52F
Access 1:  a short walk from Roppongi Station
Access 2: 10 min. walk from Azabu Juban Station, Exit 4
Open:10:00AM~10:00PM (Last Entry at 9:30PM)
Closed: no regular holidays
Phone: 03-3571-5258
Distance from airport: About 70 km from Narita Airport
Official website: http://roppongihills.com/tcv/jp/sailormoon/index.html

Article by Olga Kaneda

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