Japan launches Snoopy museum

The Snoopy Museum opens this Saturday. Photo / Instagram
The Snoopy Museum opens this Saturday. Photo / Instagram

A Snoopy Museum dedicated to the artwork of Charles M Schulz, the creator of the Peanuts comic strip, is opening its doors in Japan.

Based in Tokyo, the temporary museum is the first official satellite of the California-based Charles M Schulz Museum outside the United States and kicks off with a My Favorite Peanuts exhibition.

On display are items including original cartoons and large scale works by Schulz, whose Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and Snoopy characters have won over legions of fans around the world, including in Japan.

"As a cartoonist and fan myself, I love coming to Japan and seeing the wide array of other comic characters here, but I also think there's a sort of a calligraphy component to Schulz's work, his pen work that maybe appealed to Japanese fans early on," Paige Braddock, creative director at Charles M Schulz Creative Associates, said.

Schulz's comic strip made its debut in 1950 and ran until February 13, 2000, a day after the cartoonist died at the age of 77.

It has featured in more than 2600 newspapers worldwide.

While Snoopy is popular in Japan, the beagle competes with other cartoon characters such as Hello Kitty and manga heroes.

The Snoopy Museum Tokyo opens to the public on Saturday and will close its doors in September 2018.


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