ドラえもん

5 Apr

Do you know 「ドラえもん」 (“Doraemon“)?

He’s the namesake of a great long-running Japanese anime / manga created by the late artist Fujiko F. Fujio.

In this story, an elementary school age boy named Nobi Nobita is lazy and always tries to get out of work and study.
One day, a blue robot cat with no ears appears in his room (through his dresser drawer) and tells Nobita that he’s there to help him not ruin his future.

The robot cat’s name is Doraemon. He got his name because of his love for the Japanese bean-filled snack どら焼き (“dorayaki“).

Doraemon enjoying dorayaki

Doraemon tells Nobita that he was sent from 22nd century by Nobita’s great-great-great grandson because the family is struggling with many financial hardships that are all due to Nobita’s laziness.

Nobita asks who his future wife will be, expecting the answer to be his cute neighbor Shizuka whom he has a crush on…but is shocked when Doraemon tells him he will marry the neighbor bully’s chubby younger sister Jaiko.

Doraemon also explains that he used to be a yellow robot cat with ears (just like his sister Dorami)…but a rat chewed his ears off and Doraemon cried about it.
His tears washed his yellow paint off.
That’s why he’s blue and has no ears…and it’s also why he has a paralyzing fear of rats.

Doraemon was yellow and had ears...until a mouse bit them off.

In the story’s adventures, Nobita always has a problem which is often the result of his laziness, such as an upcoming exam at school that he didn’t study for, or the local bully Gian and his rich, spoiled sidekick Suneo beating him up.

After which, Doraemon always gives Nobita some sound advice that would help him…but Nobita always wants a quick, easy solution to his dilemma.
So Doraemon will reluctantly lend Nobita one of the countless gadgets from the future that he carries in the pouch on his stomach.

Doraemon’s most famous gadgets include the 「どこでもドア」 (“Go Anywhere Door”) which can magically transport the user to any chosen location, 「タケコプター」 (“Bamboo Helicopter”) which lets the wearer fly, and the “Small Light” that shrinks whatever the light shines on.

There’s always a moral to the story when Nobita learns that laziness and lying don’t pay.

Doraemon and friends (Gian, Shizuka, Nobita and Suneo)

In Japan, you can find Doraemon‘s likeness on all kinds of things such as toys, neckties, blankets, lunchboxes, dorayaki snacks, etc.

Even the guitar company ESP has a “Doraemon guitar” and “Doraemon guitar picks”.

ESP "Doraemon" guitar

ESP "Doraemon" guitar picks

In 2008, Doraemon was made the “Japanese Cartoon Ambassador” to promote Japanese anime and manga around the world.

Doraemon (with Nobi Nobita) becoming Japan's Cartoon Ambassador in a ceremony with Japan's Foreign Minister in 2008.

Anyways, on 2011 September 3 the “Fujiko F. Fujio Museum” will open in 川崎 (Kawasaki, Japan) south of Tokyo.

This museum will feature the artwork by this artist who created  “Doraemon” and another staple of Japanese pop-culture: 「オバケのQ太郎」 (“Q-Taro the Ghost“).

「オバケのQ太郎」 ("Q-Taro the Ghost")

Have you ever watched a “Doraemon” anime or read the manga? How about 「オバケのQ太郎」 (“Q-Taro the Ghost“)?

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16 Responses to “ドラえもん”

  1. Anonymous February 24, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

    I LOVE DORAEMON…

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    • tokyo5 February 24, 2011 at 11:04 pm #

      Which country do you live in? Do they show Doraemon on TV there?

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  2. poliana January 12, 2011 at 11:26 pm #

    amo…d+ e ele é muito lindo…tenho ele em ursinho pelúcia

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    • tokyo5 January 12, 2011 at 11:43 pm #

      Is that Spanish? Portuguese?

      Actually, it doesn’t matter…unless you write in either English or Japanese I won’t be able to understand.

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  3. Doraemon June 7, 2010 at 1:39 pm #

    Nobita Birth Of Japan

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    • tokyo5 June 7, 2010 at 10:43 pm #

      You’re referring to the Doraemon movie 「のび太の日本誕生」 (“Nobita’s Birth of Japan”).

      Is it your favorite Doraemon movie?

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  4. Anonymous June 1, 2010 at 4:33 pm #

    bye bye

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    • tokyo5 June 2, 2010 at 1:57 am #

      Okay. Bye.

      Where are you going, by the way? 😉

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  5. Tom Arrison April 22, 2010 at 12:36 pm #

    Nice post. I watched Doraemon when I lived in Japan. An iconic character. You can also learn alot about the Japanese attitude toward robots by watching it.

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    • tokyo5 April 22, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

      >Nice post.

      Thank you.

      >I watched Doraemon when I lived in Japan.

      The show still airs (as well as manga and movies)…I watch it many times.

      >An iconic character.

      Yes, Doraemon and Anpanman can be found everywhere in Japan.

      >You can also learn alot about the Japanese attitude toward robots by watching it.

      What would you say is the Japanese attitude towards robots compared with other countries?

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      • Tom Arrison April 22, 2010 at 8:56 pm #

        >What would you say is the Japanese attitude towards robots compared with other countries?

        I’d say that the Japanese attitude toward robots, as reflected in manga/anime and other aspects of pop culture, is much less apprehensive and more positive than the U.S./Western attitude, as reflected in science fiction.

        In Japan the theme of “robots as helpers/saviors” comes up quite a bit. Here you have HAL (Clarke and Kubrick were both English), I Robot, and a consistent theme of robots running amuck.

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      • tokyo5 April 23, 2010 at 12:59 am #

        I never noticed that before but I agree.

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  6. yuliana April 6, 2010 at 3:31 pm #

    >There are many very “Japanese” things in the Doraemon cartoons…such as dorayaki, the school system, etc.

    I absolutely agree. Besides funny, Doraemon is rich of culture.

    >I wonder how well they translate to other countries.

    They translate the gadgets names such as “Go Anywhre Door”, “Bamboo Helicopter”, etc into our own language.
    They must have translated it so well that almost every child here knows and dreams of having Doraemon.
    In big cities, there are various kinds of Doraemon festivals where children can meet and do some activities with Doraemon. Doraemon fans club is also popular here.

    >do they show 「オバケのQ太郎」 (“Q-Taro the Ghost“) in your country?

    I never watch Q-Taro the Ghost on television. The manga was recently introduced as “New Little Ghost Q-Taro”, perhaps the anime will come soon.

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    • tokyo5 April 6, 2010 at 8:18 pm #

      >…almost every child here knows and dreams of having Doraemon.
      In big cities, there are various kinds of Doraemon festivals where children can meet and do some activities with Doraemon. Doraemon fans club is also popular here.

      I know Doraemon is very popular in Japan…but I didn’t know he was so well known outside of Japan.
      I guess that’s why he’s Japan’s Cartoon Ambassador!

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  7. yuliana April 5, 2010 at 11:07 pm #

    i watch doraemon since i was 6th…love it so much …

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    • tokyo5 April 5, 2010 at 11:23 pm #

      There are many very “Japanese” things in the Doraemon cartoons…such as dorayaki, the school system, etc.

      I wonder how well they translate to other countries.

      And…do they show 「オバケのQ太郎」 (“Q-Taro the Ghost“) in your country?

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