TOKYO (majirox news) — Madame Tussauds will be coming to Japan. Outside of Buckingham Palace, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is perhaps the most famous attraction in London, featuring astonishingly lifelike, full-scale replicas in wax of famous personalities such as Nelson Mandela, David Bowie, Marilyn Monroe and Winston Churchill.
“Madame Tussuad started making figures in the late 1770s,” says Angela Du Pleiss, who written extensively about the French waxwork artist. “By the 1800s her startlingly lifelike figures were a sensation throughout Europe, and in 1802 she moved to London where she established her famous museum. One of her main attraction was the often grisly ‘chamber of horrors’ of famous murders of the day.” Tussaud’s museum was located on Baker Street close to where Sir Conan Doyle would place the fictional apartment of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.
Tussauds now has permanent exhibits in 13 cities throughout the world. The exhibit in Tokyo will run from Sept. 30 until January next year and features 17 different figures. “Each figure takes close to four months to make in our workshops in England,” says a spokesman for Tussauds. “It costs about $200,000 to make one, and each figure involves a minimum of over 150 measurements taken from the actual person.”
Among the figures will be Michael Jackson, a sure hit with Japanese fans, and Lady Gaga in an ultra-sexy, see-through body stocking.
Japanese stars will not miss out on honors. Violinist Taro Hakase, known for his wild shock of curly hair, posed for photos next to his wax replica with a big grin, and rock star Ryuichi Sakamoto is also represented.
Madam Tussauds Tokyo will be at the Odaiba Decks Tokyo Beach.