If you were jeans fans visiting Kojima, don’t miss the jeans museum where you can learn about some history of jeans, the evolution and process of jeans manufacturing, buy or customize your own jeans, or even DIY a pair of jeans or make an accessory strap yourself.

The Anpanman Children’s Museum in Fukuoka city, Kyushu Japan is a themed playground occupying 2 floors in a mall which is ideal for the parents who want the benefits of an indoor and conveniently located place for their children to have some fun. Anpanman is a hero cartoon character illustrated by a Japanese illustrator and writer, Takashi Yanase. It started as children’s book and became a big hit among children after it became an animated TV series in 1988. Many friends of Anpanman are introduced to keep the animate fresh and appealing to young children. Today, the characters are made into a wide variety of merchandise goods, including clothes, accessories, stationeries and snacks. There are a few Anpanman Children’s Museums in Japan. The one in Fukuoka is the only one that locates in a shopping mall. Yet it offers a good variety of activities, shops and restaurants. The Anpanman performance is a highlight that draws everyone’s attention.

For those who loves cars, don’t miss the Retro Motor Museum which is a private collection of 70 cars, 30 motor cycles, 5 Harley Davidson and a small plane. Many of the cars on display are the well known international sports cars and sedans in the 60s and 70s. There is a also a collection of Japanese models in the old days. Visiting museum is a good way to learn about history and culture. In this Yufuin Retro Motor Museum, you will learn that Ford and General Motors were dominating brands in Japan before World War II, tricycles were popular vehicles after the war, and Japan’s car manufacturing took off in the 60s and 70s, becoming one of the major car manufacturing countries in the world. It is an interesting place where you would not have thought how big a collection is from the outside. There are two floors. The ground level is the biggest exhibition area where most of the valuable classic cars are displayed. A retired bus was parked in the yard where you may get on to…

Matsumoto is the home town of contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama where she was born. Her unique polka dots and net painting style, and the famous pumpkin have been developed from paintings to sculptures, performance art and installation. While you may be able to see her paintings and sculptures in quite a few places in Japan and the US, don’t miss the Matsumoto City Museum of Art when you visit the area. It is the place where you can see some of her unique art work that cannot be photographed and published. Come see it yourself.

First built in 1649, the conch shape watchtower (or Ta-Dzong) was established to protect the Paro Dzong (Fortress) below by overlooking the entire Paro valley from all directions. Conch shell has been the horn trumpet in Buddhism since the beginning of time. The conch shape design encompasses the union of sun (circular shape outside) and moon (crescent shape inside) which symbolizes fame and victory, making it very meaningful as a watch tower. In 1950s, the watch tower was closed to a collapse state. The third king ordered a renovation project to enhance the structure of the building and turned it into the National Museum. It now houses historic artifacts, antiques, ritual objects used in traditional festivals, as well as some preserved specimens of animals in Bhutan.

While the nature creates the sand dunes in Tottori Prefecture of Japan, sculptors exhibit amazing work of art using sand in the Sand Museum next to the sand dunes. When the museum started in 2006, it was more a temporary open-air museum until it moved to an indoor permanent venue in 2012. The Sand Museum invites the best sand sculptors around the world to create large sand sculptures every year, usually from April to January next year. The current exhibition “World Tour on Sand: South America” will finish on 3 January 2017.

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