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Ultraman Festival 2013

By Vivian Morelli

The annual event returns to Ikebukuro for the better part of the summer, giving another chance meet the Ultraman characters and see displays from the cult TV series that pioneered the use of special effects. Although the show was aired from 1966 to 1967, it became a pop culture phenomenon in Japan, spawning dozens of sequels, spin-offs, parodies and remakes.

Last year, Ultraman celebrated its 45th anniversary, complete with guest appearances from actors and directors, so expect something similar this time around. You can even catch the original story on the live stage, and meet and greet the characters. Don’t leave without the special edition Ultraman cards that will be distributed, if you’re a collector. See more details on the official page, and follow the blog updates.

True Ultraman fans might also want to head to Soshigaya Okura, in Setagaya ward, where a statue allows fans to worship/pay homage to their hero…

Ultraman Festival 2013 (click for more info)

When: July 26-Sept. 1

Where: Sunshine City (see map)

How much: ¥1,600 (adults)/ ¥1,000 (students)

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