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Chibi Maruko-chan land in Japan

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Added On April 16, 2018

Chibi Maruko-chan is part of many people's childhood memories.
 
The anime television series has been translated into different languages and shown internationally.
 
LIFESTYLES went to Maruko's hometown in Japan and took a themed museum tour.
 
Chibi Maruko-chan Land is located in Shimizu of Japan's Shizuoka Prefecture.
 
The interactive museum has many attractions exciting for kids and nostalgic for grown-ups.
 
Here people could be a part of "Chibi Maruko-chan". 
 
Once inside, visitors could take a peek into Maruko-chan's house which is realistically reproduced. 
 
In the dining room, the visage of Maruko's father drinking with his meal has been faithfully re-created. 
 
In the study room, Maruko's older sister is angrily shouting as Maruko has made a mess of the room.  
   
By pressing the buttons in front of every room, it allows your favorite characters to talk. 
 
"Chibi Maruko-chan" is one of the most significant anime television series in Japan. 
 
It depicts the everyday life of young girl Maruko and her family and friends in the 1970s. 
 
It is still being broadcasted both in Japan and throughout the world today.
   
The museum staff say because of the popularity of the series, the city has become a hot spot for both domestic and international tourists. 
 
SOUNDBITE(Japanese): HIROMI IKEDA, Staff member, Chibi Maruko Chan Land
"Shimizu is a small place, but it is the birthplace of 'Chibi Maruko-
' and the hometown of its author. People could see Mount Fuji here and it's a very beautiful port city. Many Chinese tourists come here to take a glance at the hometown of Maruko-chan."
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH):Indian tourist
"I've been watching Maruko-chan since my childhood. This is my first time here to see Maruko-chan in Japan. I'm really excited and really happy that my childhood memories are seen here. This place is really awesome. I can also buy Maruko-chan stuff that I can't find anywhere else."