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Robots make debut at Prefecture Museum

Date Posted: 2011-07-21

It’s a kids’ dream come true as more than 1,000 robots and action figures are on display at the Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, just waiting to be viewed, touched and photographed.

The robot exhibition sponsored by the Okinawa Times and Okinawa Cultural Company is drawing near record crowds as kids of all ages flock to the museum to appreciate and enjoy the designs of the nation’s top robotic designers. The exhibition features almost all Japanese robot characters, including transformers, that have been popular and loved by children and young people of Japan and the whole world over the years.

Besides an extensive collection of robots and related items, there are special demonstrations and shows throughout the exhibition period, which runs through August 28th. The Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum is located in Omoromachi, Naha City. The exhibition opened with ceremonies and fanfare a week ago. The President of the Okinawa Times, Yoshitaka Toyohira said “A lot of excellent robots are exhibited here,” adding during opening ceremonies “I hope that Nobel Prize class researchers will come out from Okinawa” after being motivated by these talented robot designs.

A sixth-grade student of Naha city Makabi Elementary School, Shouko Iha, Riku Akamine, the managing director of the Ryukyu Bank which is providing special support, Toukei Kinjo, the Okinawa Times President, and the representative of the Okinawa Cultural Company, Tomoji Taira, pushed the button sending “Yume Robo” which was exhibited in the Shanghai International World Exposition, climbing a ladder skillfully, to start the exhibition.

The exhibition is open daily except Mondays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Advance Tickets are ¥950 for adults, ¥400 for students, and ¥200 for children 3-5. Tickets at the door are ¥1,200, ¥600 and Y400. Advance tickets are available at Okinawa Times offices, Lawson and Family Mart convenience stores, Tsutaya Naha, Sintoshin and Shuri shops, Ryubo Service Counters, and Okinawa Mitsukoshi.

To get to the Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, go south on Highway 58 past Camp Kinser to Naha. At the top of the hill, take a left turn at the traffic light. Okinawa Prefecture Museum and Art Museum is on the left just before San-A Main Place. Free parking is available in front of the building. For more information, call (098) 860-3588 to Okinawa Times newspaper company

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