Fans flock to Michael Jackson exhibit in Japan

Michael Jackson

TOKYO, May 1, 2010 (AFP) — Michael Jackson fans flocked to the opening yesterday in Tokyo of an exhibition of memorabilia from the late King of Pop, including his famous crystal-studded gloves and favourite 1967 Rolls Royce.

Some ardent fans were overcome with emotion and fainted while viewing the Lifetime Collection of some 300 items belonging to singer on display in a hall at the foot of Tokyo Tower.

Exhibits included props and stage costumes worn by the superstar, who died last June aged 50.

Yu Tei, a 21-year-old Chinese student studying in Tokyo, said: “It was so regretful that we lost him. I like all of his songs and his lifestyle. He was so cool.”

The collection also included costumes and masks of ghosts prepared for his unrealised London performance scheduled for last year as well as plastic containers used for his lunch in his last days.

Among other items were an antique piano, a gate sign from his Neverland ranch, trophies and gold discs commemorating one million sales of his records such as Rockin’ Robin, Got To Be There, Maybe Tomorrow and I Want You Back.

A memorial event will be held at the hall on June 25 to mark the first anniversary of his death, the organisers said.

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