Wednesday 13 May 2015


The Beatles clad in "happi"coats,wave upon arrival at Haneda Airport,June 66
The Beatles Museum is expected to come together later this year with thousands of items related to the Fab Four, including a piano played by John Lennon and a Japanese "happi" coat he wore during the group's visit to Japan in 1966.
It will be the nation’s first museum to feature a permanent display of articles related to Beatles members Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, according to the Produce Center, which manages the copyright of Beatles material in Japan.
It will be run by Chiga Co., which operates homes for the elderly primarily in the Kanto region. Chiga made the announcement on May 11.
It follows on from the John Lennon Museum, which opened in 2000 in Saitama, Saitama Prefecture, and closed in 2010.
Among about 2,500 items of memorabilia to be exhibited at the new museum will be items of Beatle-related clothing and recording equipment.
The museum will open in the vicinity of JR Nakatsu Station. Nakatsu was chosen as the venue because Yukichi Fukuzawa, the founder of the prestigious Keio University and a great proponent of English education, was born and raised in the city.

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