The “Peanuts” comic strip characters always have had a large and loyal fan base in Japan.

Tourists from Japan are often among the visitors at Santa Rosa’s Charles Schulz Museum, dedicated to the life and work of the late creator of the strip.

Now Charlie Brown and the gang return the favor in the new graphic novel, “It’s Tokyo, Charlie Brown!”

The story follows Charlie Brown and Snoopy and their beleaguered baseball team as they represent the United States in an international baseball game in Japan.

The museum will celebrate the release of the book, and the new line of “Peanuts” comic books, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, with an appearance by their creators: Vicki Scott, Paige Braddock, Alexis Fajardo, Shane Houghton and Justin Thompson.

The details: 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. Museum admission costs $5-$10; children 3 and under free. 579-4452,