Hiroyuki Takamura, owner of the Tokyo Tower in Japan will let Michael Jackson fans spend a night among possessions of the late singer on the one year anniversary of his death. The Japanese promoter has amassed a huge collection of memorabilia from the Neverland ranch and his exhibit has been visited by over 30,000 visitors since it opened on May 1st. Check out the full story, with pictures and video below!
Those eager to stay an evening with the King of Pop’s stuff will have to line up starting Sunday and pay up to $1,000 for a ticket. They will be allowed in at 10:30 pm on June 25th, and will leave at 8 am the next morning.
Hiroyuki Takamura is foreseeing the full capacity of Michael Jackson fans spend the night. Possessions in the Japanese culture hold much higher value than in the West.
“The idea may sound a bit odd to Western cultures, but in Japan the tradition of being with the remains and possessions of passed loved ones on the anniversary of their passing is an important ritual,”
Mamiko Morii, a self proclaimed ‘huge fan,’ says he’ll do anything to be a part of the evening.
“The chance to spend the anniversary of Michael’s passing together with things like clothes he wore, things from his home, countless awards, and iconic video and stage sets will be an unforgettable experience. I have been to this exhibition more than eight times already and each time I feel more connected to Michael’s legacy.”
It’s amazing how popular the pop icon remains even a year after his death. Matt Taylor, producer of the exhibition, says that the Japanese admirers have a special connection to the late singer.
“Many Japanese fans become overwhelmed with emotion when in the presence of so many things precious to Michael and iconic to the rest of the world. People stand fixed in front of artifacts with tears streaming down their face, still trying to come to grips with losing Michael.”
Sounds like a fun evening! Do you think it’s weird that Michael Jackson fans spend the night? Possessions of his are both iconic and valuable. Would you want to stay a evening among them? Let me know in the comment section!
Also, check out the pictures and video below!
Photos: www.wenn.com/Adriana M. Barraza, Vince Maher, Lamberts Photography, Daniel Deme