“Peanuts” fans in Tokyo will have to wait until Christmastime is here—and gone—but a long-term exhibition dedicated to Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Woodstock and friends will be on its way next year.
From The Red Baron to The Great Pumpkin, the characters and plot points of Charles M. Schulz’s “Peanuts” comic strip are as popular today as when they were first published in 1950. In fact, the comic’s fandom hasn’t just endured over generations, but also across borders, stretching far beyond its initial American readership, all the way to Tokyo’s Roppongi shopping district, where a museum exhibition dedicated to those lovable animated characters is set to open in March.
On Monday Kyodo News reported that the exhibit will be comprised of Schulz’s early drawings, along with a wide swath of other memorabilia. There will be enough items to switch up the entire lineup every six months until the exhibition’s end in September 2018. The article added that coordinators are expecting draw 800,000 patrons annually to the exhibit.
Renditions of “Peanuts” characters have been ubiquitous in the Far East nation for years: the Japanese version of the strip was produced by famed poet Shuntaro Tanikawa, and animated versions of the characters have been used in Honda hybrid car TV ads, plush toy incarnations have been awarded in Pepsi giveaways, and all of their likenesses have been curated at an earlier Peanuts exhibit at Mori Arts Center Gallery in 2013.
Fans will likely have only gripe about the new Roppongi exhibit—the fact that it will only go on until 2018. It’s kind of a taunting tease that’s the equivalent of having a football yanked away just as you’re about to kick it.