The John Lennon Museum is closing

13 Dec

I mentioned a couple of times on this blog that the world’s only official John Lennon Museum is in Saitama, Japan.

(See this post and this one.)

Well, I just found out that due to a declining number of visitors to the museum, it will close in 2010 October.

I’d like to see the John Lennon Museum but I’ve have never visited it yet mainly due to it’s fairly inconvenient location and the ¥1,500 (about US $12) per person admission charge.

But, since it’s scheduled to close in about ten months, I might visit it before then.

The news that the John Lennon Museum will close comes only five days after the 29th anniversary of John Lennon’s death…and also one day after I heard that Wendy’s fast-food restaurant is exiting the Japan market this month (Click here to read my post about Wendy’s Japan closing).

This museum’s closing reminds me of the closing of the Rock And Roll Museum in Tokyo last January.
(I mention it in this post).

12 Responses to “The John Lennon Museum is closing”

  1. pied type December 16, 2009 at 3:00 am #

    This is sad news indeed. I hope someone will take responsibility for the museum’s content and maybe move it to England or the US. Perhaps it could be absorbed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


  2. Jamaipanese December 15, 2009 at 3:42 am #

    the operations of american fast food stores here in Jamaica is also very interesting.

    Wendy’s has been closing a lot of stores recently.
    Mac Ds failed and packed up shop a few years ago
    Burger King is doing well and Jamaica is KFC country.


  3. davidwrotethis December 14, 2009 at 11:09 pm #

    It’s sad that the museum is closing. Do you have clear memories about when John Lennon was killed?


    • tokyo5 December 14, 2009 at 11:16 pm #

      >Do you have clear memories about when John Lennon was killed?

      I was only eleven in 1980 and I have no memories of The Beatles being together as a band (they broke up in 1970, I believe, when I was only one year old)…but I liked rock music even as a child, so I knew their music.

      Even as an elementary school aged kid, I was shocked by the news that John Lennon was murdered.


  4. John Lennon Music Fan December 14, 2009 at 4:24 pm #

    What a shame. I believe there are many Lennon fans in Japan, not to mention all the tourists visiting Tokyo.


    • tokyo5 December 14, 2009 at 10:34 pm #

      Yes, there are many fans of The Beatles and John Lennon in Japan.

      I looked at you site.
      It’s very informative!


  5. Joshua Zimmerman December 14, 2009 at 2:22 pm #

    I don’t think the UK has ever forgiven Yoko Ono for putting the Lennon museum in Tokyo. Maybe she should move it there.


    • tokyo5 December 14, 2009 at 10:32 pm #

      I don’t see how anyone could blame Yoko Ono for the John Lennon Museum being in Saitama, Japan…it wasn’t her choice—she was asked by a Japanese company if she would endorse an official John Lennon Museum if they built it and if she would supply the museum with the exhibits.

      If a company in England had asked, I’m sure she’d have agreed.

      Anyways, England, America, and Japan all have connections to John Lennon. (He was from England, chose to live in America, and his widow is from Japan (he also loved Japan and there are many Beatles fans in Japan still)).

      By the way, I looked at your blog.
      You’re from America, aren’t you? Which part?
      And you live in Japan? How long have you been here?


  6. cuteandcurls December 14, 2009 at 8:49 am #

    Awww thats a shame and you just mentioned this in your previous blog. Why close it down? Is it due to rental too apart from the lack of visitors? Such a shame that not much people visit this museum considering this man’s major contribution to music and well can i say a little towards politic too?


    • tokyo5 December 14, 2009 at 10:25 pm #

      >Why close it down? Is it due to rental too apart from the lack of visitors?

      Yeah, I guess if they don’t get enough visitors, then they can’t afford the rent.


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