*A Japanese promoter is giving Michael Jackson fans the chance to literally spend the anniversary of his death with a bunch of his former possessions on display at the Tokyo Tower.
Starting Sunday, fans in Japan are expected to line up for the chance to spend the night of June 25th inside the Neverland Collection, which has drawn more than 300,000 since its May 1 opening as 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 Reuters.
Fans who are selected at random will enter the Tokyo Tower venue from 10:30 p.m. on the night of June 25, and will be able to stay until 8:00 a.m. the next morning.
“The chance to spend the anniversary of Michael’s passing together with things like clothes he wore, things from his home, countless awards, and iconic video and stage sets will be an unforgettable experience,” said Michael Jackson fan Mamiko Morii, who expects to be in line on Sunday. “I have been to this exhibition more than eight times already and each time I feel more connected to Michael’s legacy.”
Guests will pay up to $1,000 for the one-time opportunity to sleep on the floor among Michael’s belongings.
“Michael Jackson fans religiously visited daily, and many stay inside the venue for six hours or more,” said Matt Taylor, producer of the exhibition.
“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.”