The character debuted in a 1969 Manga strip and later appeared in his own TV show and films. His image is iconic in Japan and his popularity has spread across much of Asia. The cartoon series has been translated into countless languages and aired for over 1700 episodes in Japan. In 1982, the comic was awarded the first Shogakukan Manga Award for children’s Manga and in 2008 the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs appointed Doraemon as its first Anime cultural ambassador.
Japan’s favorite blue-haired robot cat from the future, Doraemon, will celebrate his minus 100th birthday on September 3 with a unique gift from the Mayor of Kawasaki. The popular Anime character will be awarded a residency certificate for this city near Tokyo where Fujiko F. Fujio, the character’s creator, lived. Kawasaki is also home to a popular Doraemon museum that will be issuing copies of the certificate to fans and visitors coming to celebrate this historic occasion, a century ahead of his supposed birth.
According to the comic, Doraemon was sent back in time by a young boy, Nobita Nobi, in an attempt to alter his family’s historical misfortune. He helps the often bullied youngster by giving him gadgets from the future that he pulls out of his magical pocket. Doraemon’s ears were eaten my robot mice, which explains his fear of the creatures, and loves to eat Dorayaki.