The Paddington Bear film will finally be released in Japan on January 16th, 2016. It is a year after the film was released in the UK. This article in The Japan Times says that Winnie-the-Pooh (Pooh-san!) has been much more popular in Japan than Paddington. I think that is definitely true. But I love Paddington.
Teddy bear aficionado Satomi Terakawa says “I get the feeling that people who like Paddington are people who speak excellent English and have been to London.” Maybe so, but the Britain in the film is designed for adults and children anywhere to enjoy!
What do you think? Do you like Paddington? If yes, there is a wonderful shop in Paddington Station, London, for you to visit – of course, it’s the ‘Paddington Bear Shop’! http://www.thisispaddington.com/article/paddington-bear-shop