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The story behind The Beatles’ Tokyo tea set on display now at Liverpool Beatles Museum

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The story behind The Beatles’ Tokyo tea set on display now at Liverpool Beatles Museum
The Beatles Tokyo tea set. Credit: Liverpool Beatles Museum

In July of 1966, the Beatles embarked on the first leg of their world tour, comprising 13 concerts across Germany, Japan, and the Philippines.

A tea set purchased by George Harrison during The Beatles’ world tour in Tokyo has gone on display at Liverpool Beatles Museum.

1966 was a landmark year for the band, not only did the Fab Four release their iconic album “Revolver,” but they also embarked on a legendary world tour, captivating audiences across the globe.

During their time in Japan the band stayed at the Tokyo Hilton Hotel prior to their shows at the Nippon Budokan Hall, where they were set to perform to 10,000 fans.

Credit: Liverpool Beatles Museum
Credit: Liverpool Beatles Museum

However, the Beatles’ fame had reached such heights that they could hardly venture beyond the confines of their hotel rooms without causing a frenzy among their adoring fans.

While in the hotel, a few tradespeople were permitted to visit the Beatles, hoping to make a sale or two. It was during one of these visits that George Harrison made an unassuming purchase… three tea sets.

Neil Aspinall, the band’s road manager, admired the tea sets and was asked by George to select one for himself.

Neil happily chose a set to bring back to Liverpool as a memento of their time in Tokyo.

Some time later Neil’s son Roag was instructed, by his mother Mona, to take the tea set out of it’s display cabinet and give it a good clean. 

The Beatles Tokyo tea set. Credit: Liverpool Beatles Museum
The Beatles Tokyo tea set. Credit: Liverpool Beatles Museum

Wanting to save a trip, Roag stacked the delicate cups a bit too high, leading to an unfortunate mishap.

Sadly, 3 fell and smashed… which explains why there are now 3 cups and 6 saucers.

You can see the tea set now at the Liverpool Beatles Museum on Mathew Street.

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