Japanese Fans to Honour Michael Jackson with, Um, Sleepover

Japanese Fans to Honour Michael Jackson with, Um, Sleepover
On June 25, it will be the one-year anniversary of Michael Jackson's death. Many will likely make efforts to remember the fallen King of Pop in some form of tribute, and in Japan, a promoter has arranged a giant sleepover where fans can cuddle up next to Jackson's belongings.

As the New York Times reports, the sleepover coincides with the Neverland Collection inside the Tokyo Tower. The display features many of Jackson's prized possessions, including costumes from the "Thriller" video, an antique piano and his 1967 Rolls-Royce Phantom.

This Sunday (May 23), fans will line up to purchase tickets for the event. The tickets will run up to $1,000, and will allow fans to sleep with Jackson's belongings from 10:30 p.m. local time on June 25 to 8:00 a.m. the next morning.

"The idea may sound a bit odd to Western cultures,'' said Tokyo Tower spokesman Hiroyuki Takamura, "but in Japan, the tradition of being with the remains and possessions of passed love ones on the anniversary of their passing is an important ritual.''

Just so we're clear, Takamura-san, the last time we read "sleepover" and "Michael Jackson" in the same news article, it was not an "important ritual," and it cost the Jackson estate much more money than it made.


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