Fans Offered Sleepover With Jackson's Belongings

MICHAEL JACKSON fans have been offered the chance to spend a night with the KING OF POP's possessions in an exhibition in Japan.
Promoters of the Neverland Collection at the Tokyo Tower, the world's only official Jackson exhibition, are to mark the first anniversary of the superstar's death by holding a sleepover in the shrine.
Hiroyuki Takamura, of the Tokyo Tower, tells Reuters, "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."
Fans will be selected at random to stay overnight on 25 June (10) in the museum, which has been visited by more than 300,000 fans since it opened in the Japanese capital on 1 May (10).
They will pay $1,000 (£650) to sleep on the floor next to Jackson's things.
Matt Taylor, the exhibition's producer, adds, "Michael Jackson fans religiously visited daily, and many stay inside the venue for six hours or more.
"Many Japanese fans become overwhelmed with emotion when in the presence of so many things precious to Michael and iconic to the rest of the world. People stand fixed in front of artifacts with tears streaming down their face, still trying to come to grips with losing Michael."
The Thriller star died from a cardiac arrest last summer (09).


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The fans in Japan are going to be sooooo blessssed, for the time spent all night near MICHAEL JACKSON personal things......They are very fortunate, something they will always have as a most wonderful memory of our MICHAEL JACKSON THAT WE LOVE VERY MUCH FROM FANS ALL OVER THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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1,000 a night to sleep on the floor next to Michael Jackson's things sounds more like a money making operation to me. If someone wanted to make money, they should have put his things at Neverland and made it similar to Graceland.
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God bless the Japanese fans.
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I love Michael Jackson so much that I would definately do it as long as I could afford it. I would have to bring my air mattress though so that I could be comfortable & get a good nights's sleep. I can't believe that it's almost 1 year since his passing already. I just finished watching this video of someone who claims he worked for Michael. He says Michael is alive & well & he planned to disappear. I want so bad to beleive that it's true, but I'm thinking it's probably someone looking for attention.
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to contactmusic, please do us all a favor and take that ugly mans picture of Michael Jackson father off of this web sight, this is about Michael Jackson not his father. I am tired of looking at that ugly man;/
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How about putting MICHAEL JACKSON picture, this is suppose to be about MICHAEL JACKSON not about his father.............I'm sure there are enough picture You could find????????????of MICHAEL JACKSON....It's amazing that people will be sleeping all night next to MICHAEL'S personal items!!!!
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I'm a big fan of MJ & I agree with Dee..take that ugly picture of MJ's father off this site & replace it with a picture of the KING OF POP himself Michael Jackson. and as far as a sleepover its great for the Japan fans. I to think his belongings should be in Neverland, That is where Michael Jackson's Spirit lives..ALL FOR THE L.O.V.E...bring his belongings Home..R.I.P..Michael is missed & Loved all over...
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Poeople should sell this stuff. And give the money to the poor people. Or just give it away to the poor people. Then you realy helped somebody to find some happiness in life. Although it is not permanent happiness. Best thing to learn people is to be happy without materialism. But you can't be everywhere at the same time. If you could you would realy be healing the world. But you have done your best and you will get it back through karma. I have done the same thing. That is what "healing the world" is all about. Be carefull. Through the years Michael will be more and more forgotten. His music and video's will always be there. But through the years less and less poeple will care about what he stood for. Wich is the natural course of karma. Lots of poeple still have items of Elvis Presley. But there will a time when all that stuff is rotting away. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Best thing to do is to give it away to your fellow being. Better then to make a holy shrine out of a bunch of stuff from somebody who's dead. And telling all the fans how you thought about Michael. But doing nothing that Michael stood for. All folowers of illusiions. Cause Michael tries it but also made a lot of mistakes. But many of his actions in trying to make people happy could have been done less naive and destructive. Zelfkoestering was his biggest enemy. As it is for all mankind. Everything vanishes in the end. And what have you as a MJ-fan done with your spirit when you die? Have you lived it the way Michael would have wante it? Do you do that by just leaving messages? Or realy to give all that materialism away to the poor. What good it will do to the poor people when you stand crying your eyeballs out in front of a piece of material that belongs to a dead man? It is all so simple. Just give it the away. Make a little space, to make a better place.Ohm shanti. Namaste.
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I agree about the photo (of Joe Jackson). Even though it is his father, it would be nice if they (contactmusic.com) changed it at least once a week or something. It should be easy to program the software to update weekly etc. A picture of Michael doing something he likes. I like the ones where he is in public wearing sun shades, looking happy, and waving to his fans, decked out in a snappy, sharp dark suit makes him look so handsome. It's like he never forgets that we are there. I also wish I could sleep next to his possessions; it would be a unique opportunity that I would cherish forever. I've always loved Michael the first time I saw him on TV when I was little. Now I didn't know that my heart could have expanded any further for this beautiful being. And it has. Love is a really strange emotion.Love and blessings. SW888
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So..June 25, fans from Japan are going to sleep with Michaels belongins??? IT'S THE MOST CRAZY AND STUPID IDEA I'VE HEARD FOR A LONG TIME!! IT'S LIKE A SCARY MOVIE!!Michael died that day, not a natural death, HE WAS KILLED!! We, the true fans have cried every day since June 25, we DON'T need his belongins. For some of us is June 25 so heartbroken that we want to jump over this day. To think what he went through that day, his last hours in life...I DON'T WANT TO BE AWAKE! I CAN'T TAKE IT! MICHAEL WAS NOT WELL, AND NOBODY HELPED HIM...Did anybody see his pictures the last month?? Did any of you out there see that Michaels beautiful eyes were without any glow, and that he didn't smile anymore??? Did he already know at this point that he should die, did he know that he was going to be killed?? What was running through his mind the last time?? His children? I can't take to think about it! Exactly one year ago he was looking very thin, sick and so..so tired! All the pain he went through, is making me feeling so much sad..I got no words, and I feel his pain in my own body!To sleep with Michaels belongins June 25,JUST DON'T DO IT, SHOW SOME RESPECT FOR MICHAEL!! YOU'RE NOT A FAN IF YOU TAKE YOURSELF SO LOW!! Bring that day in silent, light a candle if you got the power. THIS IS TO HONOR MICHAEL AND TO L.O.V.E HIM!Lisbeth, Sweden
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