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Tokyo City View gets dolled up for Barbie, Blythe and more

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Staff Writer

Japan is well-known for its dolls, producing edgy urban vinyl, cute soft toys, manga figurines and even therapy dolls for lonely senior citizens. This “Doll Culture Exhibition” at Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills’ Tokyo City View observation deck, however, looks at old-school fashion dolls, which should make quite a few visitors feel very nostalgic.

In a blend of art, fashion and fun, this exhibition presents five types of hugely popular fashion dolls in a setting specially designed by art director Sebastian Masuda. Masuda, who is renowned for his kawaii fashion brand 6%Dokidoki and for his wacky art direction of pop idol Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s “PonPonPon” video, has put Barbie, Super Dollfie, Licca-chan, Jenny and Blythe in displays themed on words such as “kawaii” or “gorgeous.” Taking place at Tokyo City View observation deck, means visitors can also enjoy a great view of Tokyo.

Visitors also have the opportunity to buy limited-edition official goods to give their own dolls a new look. Each brand will be offering outfits and accessories, making this exhibit a must-see for doll enthusiasts.

“Doll Culture Exhibition” takes place at Tokyo City View in Roppongi Hills from Sept. 13 to Oct. 19; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Tickets are ¥1,500. For more information, visit www.doll-culture.com/ticket.html.