image: Isaac Leung / Japan Foundation Sydney
I think that every kid in their lifetime has fallen in love with a Japanese character. My eldest son was given a set power rangers as a gift from Japan ten years ago. When he walked into the Kingdom of Characters exhibition the oversized Ultraman was what first grabbed his attention. My daughter was drawn to the Hello Kitty room display and my youngest son grabbed my camera to start taking photos of everything.
The exhibition traces the history of Japanese Characters throughout the years and their impact on Japanese society through large storyboards covering each century.
If you are already in the city with the kids it is worth popping in. Take your camera as the kids will love getting their photos taken with the oversized characters. If you have teenagers that are into Anime - there are free screenings and talks that accompany the exhibition. The Japan Foundation Gallery is situated in the Chifley Plaza - next to the food court.
The only disappointment was that my friend Anapanman was not present!
The exhibition runs from the 8th April until the 28 May 2011.
Japan Gallery Level 1 Chifley Plaza
For gallery hours and more details visit http://www.jpf.org.au/jpfevents/11-kingdom/index.html