NHK Studio Park (domo, konnichiwa!)

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Domo-Kunどーもくん is the cutest mascot I have ever seen. He has this “don’t mess up with me” and an “always ready to kill” look that never fails to lift up my mood just by taking a glance at him. Appearance wise, Domo Kun is almost like a combination of the fluffy Cookie Monster and the chocolatey Gingerbread Man from the Shrek film series. Domo-Kun has a big squarish face similar to the famous cheese-lookalike Spongebob Squarepants. His mouth is consistently locked wide open, displaying two unique rows of triangular white sawteeth, an unmistakable trademark of the cute Domo-Kun.

We had loads of fun tracing the presence of Domo-Kun everywhere inside the very entertaining NHK Studio Park in Tokyo. This fun-filled theme park is within walking distance from Meiji Shrine (500 metres/ 10 minutes walk from Meiji Jingumae Station), and is full of interactive exhibits and interesting tools and equipment for an amazing broadcasting simulation experience . Once stepping into the entrance hall, we were ushered to a particular marked spot right before a giant Super-Hi-Vision screen to experience the awesomeness of the ultra high-definition display of television programmes.  Next on, we were invited to view the super cool touch-screen Media Walls embedded with various videos with recaps of the most popular programmes and news recordings from the NHK archives. There was also an animation voice-dubbing equipment for us to demonstrate our hidden talents as cartoon voice actors and actresses. You can also have an opportunity to realize your dream of becoming a news anchor or weather girl for a day by participating in the making of news progamme activity at the Studio Park News corner.

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Useful Information:

Access:

500 metres/ 10 minutes walk from Harajuku Station & Meiji Jingumae Station

800 metres/ 15 minutes walk from Shibuya Station (shuttle bus available)

Admission:

200 yen;

Children under 18 and Seniors (65+)- free admission

Closing day:

Third Monday of each month (or Tuesday if Monday is holiday)

Time:

10 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. (entry till 5.30 p.m.)

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