27 November 2010
I visited this museum in early 2001 and have never forgotten it. A beautifully constructed, furnished, and decorated facility that everyone from the casual fan to the hardcore devotee could appreciate. Disappointed to know it closed recently, especially in this anniversary year.
Has anyone else been there? How about other memorial sites? Would love to know some experiences--perhaps someone's even visited the Cuban commemoration Fidel Castro set up?
I didn't make it - I'd love to go to Japan, but it's way beyond my budget.
I'm off to Hamburg next week, where there's Beatleplatz and the Beatle-Mania museum. I'll report back from there. Other than that I've been to the Beatles Story in Liverpool. I went to Central Park when I was in NYC a few years ago but didn't get to Strawberry Fields.
12 November 2009
Actually, my brother was in Japan the week it was closed, and made a point to visit it for me. Sadly, they didn't allow him to take any pictures and the souvenirs were pretty expensive. All he could bring back were brochures. He and his friends said it was disappointing, but I still would have liked to see it. Oh well.
Have fun in Hamburg!
27 November 2010
A couple of follow ups on the John Lennon museum in Japan, recently closed...
Yes, souvenirs were expensive, but Japan itself is expensive--certainly one of the highest living costs in the world, with Tokyo being particularly pricey. Definitely a challenge for the budget traveler. I bought a wallet at the museum, can't recall how much it was, but it's a quality item and I use it, so worth it.
About the cameras, I can see why the no photo policy would disappoint some, but I looked at it this way--first, the better the museum, the less likely patrons are allowed to take photos, especially with flash, and this was a high quality museum; second, if I can't use my camera, I pay closer attention and I use my memory to record the event. I have vivid memories of that museum, almost 10 years after being there. There were themes and an atmosphere to that museum that would have been disrupted with flashbulbs and camera phones clicking away. Nice to have a sanctuary from that stuff, IMHO.
Let's hope it reopens so more folks will be able to visit, and at least have the opportunity to see some of the "material world" from which emerged a lot of the greatest popular music of the 20th century.
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