Prog/Krautrock Wax Museum Featuring Frank Zappa, Manuel Göttsching, Klaus Schulze to Close in Japan
Published Jul 24, 2013Most wax museums are dedicated to insanely famous household names — celebrities, politicians, historical figures — but Tokyo Tower's Wax Museum in Japan houses a very unusual collection of prog and Krautrock-themed figures. This will soon change, however, as the museum is set to close on September 1.
The Wire reports that the museum's lease at the Tokyo Tower is up and the facility will undergo updating. The attraction's so called "Inventions for Electric Guitar" room (no doubt titled after Manuel Göttsching's classic Ash Ra album of name) features figures of Frank Zappa, Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi, ELP's Keith Emerson and King Crimson's Robert Fripp.
There's apparently a corner labelled "German Progressive," featuring Guru Guru's Mani Neumeir, Klaus Schulze, Faust and, yes, Göttsching (pictured above). The exhibit also includes plenty of memorabilia. The museum's owner, Gen Fujita, is apparently a huge fan of prog and Krautrock.
It's currently unknown what will happen to the figures once the museum closes. If you were ever hoping to purchase a wax model of Klaus Schulze, this might be your only shot.
Read a detailed account of the exhibit at Atlas Obscura.