Today Universal Studios Japan revealed that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter section of their theme park will open on July 15, 2014.
The announcement was made by unveiling the Hogwarts castle.
Universal Studios Japan welcomed special guests from Japan and around the globe: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan; Ms. Caroline Kennedy, Ambassador of the United States of America to Japan; Academy Award-winning art director and production designer for the Harry Potter films, Stuart Craig; actress Evanna Lynch, who played “Luna Lovegood” in the Harry Potter film series; world-renowned architect Tadao Ando; and Universal Studios Japan ambassadors, and beloved musical act, SMAP, gathered for the celebration.
Japanese Prime Minister Abe stated:
“We cannot wait for the July 15 opening. ‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’ will be a wonderful addition to Universal Studios Japan and will contribute to energizing Osaka and the local economy,” said Prime Minister Abe.
“It’s wonderful to be here tonight to celebrate another dimension of the United States-Japan alliance,” said Ambassador Kennedy. “Harry Potter inspired a generation of children to love reading…and when they are not reading, I hope they come to ‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.’”
A special website, where you can begin to explore "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Japan" online has now launched. Please visit www.usj.co.jp/harrypotter