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Danborghini and the manga museumDanborghini and the manga museum

chobittsuchobittsuIl y a 2 moisDiary
Hello there,

For this trip I went a bit up north this time. First, I took a Shinkansen for Sendai station and enjoyed a few snacks on the way:

The ride was quite comfy indeed with lots of legroom. As expected of the Shinkansen:


At Sendai I transferred to a few trains to Onagawa Seapal Pier.

What was there actually?

Well, I discovered through Youtube that there was someone at this place who made a full size Lamborghini out of cardboard and displayed it there: A Danborghini (a contraction of danbooru, which is Japanese for cardboard, and Lamborghini)

First I took a train to Ishimaki where I would transfer to the train for Onagawa. At Ishimaki, as I was waiting for the train, I noticed some manga-esque statues:

First I thought it was some sort of decoration, but it turned out that Ishimaki has a manga museum. With that knowledge I decided that I would visit that on my way back.

After a short ride I arrived at Onagawa:

It is actually a sort of cozy promenade flanked by shops and restaurants/coffee bars:

After a bit of searching I found the place in question. It was laid out as a workshop made out of cardboard and right in the middle was the Danborghini:


Quite a nice piece of work I must say. Apparently, the creator informed Lamborghini about this and he got permission to use Danborghini, so everything is OK in that regard.

Virtually everything in here was made out of cardboard, including a toolbox:

On a cardboard counter were also 2 cardboard robot helmets (one clearly a Gundam):

After buying a cardboard souvenir (which was this by the way):

I went back to the station for the ride to Ishimaki. Luckily the train was ready to leave as it would go once every hour...

After arriving at Ishimaki I noticed that the way to the museum was flanked by several manga figures, either on the station building, mailboxes or on the sidewalk:





The museum itself, which was a good 15 minute walk from the station, looked quite futuristic:


Near the entrance was this nice looking car:

Inside I was greeted by this 3d manga panel:

The walkway to the exposition was decorated with framed vintage manga panels, where sometimes you could see the crude way in which they were created using sometimes Whiteout in textballoons:



Further down the walkway there was a transformation sequence:


At the end was a temporary exhibition of artwork from a classic sci-fi manga artist:


Which included some Gundam artwork:

At the end of the exhibition was this life size pop-up, which was there for photographic purposes (you weren’t supposed to take pictures in the exhibition, but there was no-one to notice):

The permanent exhibition featured these statues, similar to the ones at the station:



It looks like a laboratory; I have no idea about its origin though.

Then there was this array of Kamen Rider masks, sorted by year:




and this Kamen Rider figure:

You could even "ride" this bike (if you wanted to):

The future employee perhaps?

At the end there were these bad guys with some diorama showcases:

There was even a manga kissa where you could enjoy a nice read:

On a serious note was this photo wall with images from march 2011, as this area was also affected by the tsunami:

Well, even though I'm not into classic manga, I found this museum quite nice and certainly worth a visit. If you are into this sort of manga, then this museum is right up your alley. It's a good 15 minute walk from Ishimaki station, so it is certainly reachable on foot.

It was a day well spent and as I arrived at Sendai station it already had gotten dark. Since I had some time to spare before the Shinkansen would take me back to Tokyo, I went to a nearby Lashinbang and Volks store to kill some time.
After I got back I took this picture of the station to wrap up another nice day:
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Thank you so much for sharing! I lived in Japan for a while but I never made it any further north than Chiba. I've always wanted to see the museum in Ishimaki because I'm a big Kamen Rider fan.

There had been a very profound image floating around after the big tsunami in 2011. It was a statue of the original Kamen Rider that was located somewhere in Ishimaki, likely a piece provided by the museum, that managed to survive the flood waters. It was sobering seeing it among the rubble, almost as though a message saying "This country will survive."
Il y a 2 mois
Thank you for sharing just wow it really enjoy. :)
Il y a 2 mois
What an interesting and enjoyable day! I love classical art, but there's something special about museums and showcases for pop art/culture - especially when it's fun stuff like this!
Il y a 2 mois
The statues are from the manga/anime Cyborg 009 by Shotaro Ishinomori, and it looks like the art exhibit was of Hagio Moto's work (specifically see her scifi work 'Star Red"). Lucky!
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Chloe-tsundere The louise otaku
chobittsu (Il y a 2 mois) #47746217I had to go through my archives, but my out of all my Japan vacations my top 5 (non anime/manga related) in no particular order would be:
-the Yamato Museum in Kure
-the Huis ten Bosch theme park
-Dejima in Nagasaki
-the Toyota museums and factory tour
-Tobu World Square

Ahh yeah yamato museum is also high on my list! :)
And did the theme park look like the actual thing?
So seems you like the history a lot (and cars but that i knew xD) and things related to us dutch people :)

Thanks for sharing! :)
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Chloe-tsundere (Il y a 2 mois) #47739850
Wondering tho from all the times you visit japan do you have a top 3-5 spots to visit/favorites? :) just curious

I had to go through my archives, but my out of all my Japan vacations my top 5 (non anime/manga related) in no particular order would be:

-the Yamato Museum in Kure
-the Huis ten Bosch theme park
-Dejima in Nagasaki
-the Toyota museums and factory tour
-Tobu World Square
Il y a 2 mois
The museum you visited is the Ishinomori museum, which basically is a museum for the manga artist Ishinomori Shotaro, which is most likely why you thought things look similar, because they're by, you know, the same artist.
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Chloe-tsundere The louise otaku
Nice visit! I know theres a manga museum in kyoto too.. sadly when i was there it was closed (wednesday i think?)

I prefer that one as this one is really old school tho its still nice to see :) it is something unique.. ;)

Wondering tho from all the times you visit japan do you have a top 3-5 spots to visit/favorites? :) just curious
Il y a 2 mois
thank you for sharing! The museum looks quite interesting!
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