Fans to sleep with Michael Jackson Possessions

Posted by on Май 26, 2010 in Новости | 0 comments

By Ruth Manuel-Logan
Michael Jackson was a huge sensation the world over, but he was especially famous in Japan. As the one-year anniversary of his death approaches on June 25, folks in Japan have come up with an interesting way of marking the event: Japanese devotees may get the opportunity to sleep next to many of Jackson»s prized possessions.

The first sleepover event will be sponsored by promotors of the Neverland Collection, which is housed at the landmark Tokyo Tower, the world»s only official Michael Jackson exhibition. «The idea may sound a bit odd to Western cultures, but in Japan, the tradition of being with the remains and possessions of passed loved ones on the anniversary of their passing is an important ritual,» Hiroyuki Takamura of the Tokyo Tower told the New York Times.

Since the exhibit opened on May 1, nearly half a million Michael Jackson aficionados have flocked to see the collection of items, which includes clothing and costumes from his »Thriller» video, a 1967 Rolls Royce Phantom, and an antique piano. Exhibition officials say there are fans who have not yet come to grips with Jackson»s death and who visit on a daily basis, often staying as long as six hours or more.

Fans started lining up Sunday to purchase tickets, which can cost as much as $1,000 a pop. Those who get to take part in the sleepover will be selected at random. The sleepover will begin on June 25 at 10:30 p.m. and last until 8 a.m. the following day.

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