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|Japanese Icon Doraemon Comes West to Gonzaga|
Class of 2010
Doraemon, the blue robotic cartoon cat that has thrilled Japanese children on TV and in films since 1969, is coming to Gonzaga University with free screenings of a “Doraemon” film at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Sunday, April 26 in the Jepson Center’s Wolff Auditorium.
The 2006 film “Doraemon: Nobita’s Dinosaur” will be presented as part of Japan Week events in Spokane April 18-26. Seating is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The event is co-sponsored by the Consulate-General of Japan, Seattle, in cooperation with Gonzaga’s Japanese Program and the Japanese Club.
Seiko Katsushima, senior lecturer in modern languages at GU, coordinated the event.
“In Japan, everybody, ranging from little children to old people, knows Doraemon,” said Katsushima. “I am very happy that I can show it to people in the Spokane community.”
In 2002, TIME Magazine chose Doraemon as one of “22 Heroes” in Asia, the only cartoon character chosen. In recognition of its international appeal, the Japanese government last year appointed the cartoon character as a “Japanese Cultural Ambassador.”
As the story goes, Doraemon is from the 22nd century and rode a time machine to the present day to help a grade school boy named Nobita. Doraemon pulls all sorts of gadgets out of his 4-D (fourth-dimensional) pocket and saves Nobita from crisis after crisis.