Mamoru Nagano Exhibition EJ Anime Museum

Information for the Mamoru Nagano DESIGNS exhibition at the EJ Anime Museum in Kadokawa Culture Museum in the spring of 2024. It will be followed by a Kamen Rider exhibition.

A special DESIGNS exhibition will start on February 10th 2024 at Kadokawa Culture Museum in Tokorozawa Sakura Town. This is the designers first large scale exhibition. The exhibition is at the EJ Anime Museum on the 3rd floor of the Kadokawa Culture Museum*. Tickets are already on sale; see the information section at the bottom of the post for links.

*Kadokawa Culture Museum is also called Kadcul for short or Kadokawa Musashino Museum.

DESIGNS Mamoru Nagano Design Exhibition

Mamoru Nagano is a Japanese manga artist, animator and designer. Since 1983, Mamoru Nagano has been working at Sunrise (now Bandai Namco Film Works). In 1984, he was selected for character and mecha design in the TV anime “Heavy Metal L-Gaim” which garnished attention. He also participated in other TV anime such as “Mobile Suit Z Gundam.” In 1986, he started serializing “Five Star Stories” (read: Five Star Stories) in “Monthly Newtype,” published by Kadokawa Shoten (now KADOKAWA). In 2012, he directed and wrote the screenplay for the theatrical animation “Gothicmade: Hana no Utame.” As a designer, he has a large fan base thanks to his continuous creation of unique designs (robots, characters) full of originality.

“DESIGNS Nagano Mamoru Design Exhibition” will exhibit about 340 carefully selected works. Including original drawings, illustrations, rough sketches and more from “Heavy Metal L-Gaim”, “Mobile Suit Z Gundam”, “Brain Powerd”, “Shellbit”, “Five Star Stories”, “Gothicmade” . This is an unique opportunity to view the original and innovative designs of an artist and designer at the forefront of his industry since his debut in 1983. In addition, you can pick up some original goods at the exhibition.

EJ Anime Museum

The EJ Anime Museum opened at the Kadokawa Culture Museum (Kadcul) of Tokorozawa Sakura Town on November 6th 2020. It is just one of dozens of event and entertainment spaces in Kadcul. EJ Anime Museum is located on the 3rd floor of the Kadokawa Culture Museum. EJ stands for Entertainment Japan. There was also an EJ Anime Hotel at Tokorozawa Sakura Town from October 1st 2020 to May 31st 2023.

A floor by floor guide of Kadcul:

Concurrent events

There are always several different events running at Sakura Town. Other events on when the exhibition opens include (but are not limited to):

Exhibition Information

Exhibition: DESIGNS: Mamoru Nagano Design Exhibition DESIGNS 永野護デザイン展

Dates: from Saturday February 10th to Sunday March 24th 2024

Hours: The museum is open from 10 am to 6 pm daily. However, the museum closes on the first, third and fifth Tuesday of each month (unless it is a national holiday and they open).

Cost: Tickets cost 2000 yen if bought in advance, 2300 yen on the day. There is no charge for children of preschool age or younger. Booking page.

Contact: The phone number of Kadcul is 0570-017-396. Generally, they man the phone from 2 pm to 5 pm on weekdays only. Kadokawa Musashino Museum official website.

Venue: EJ Anime Museum, 3rd Floor Kadokawa Culture Museum, 3-31-3 Tokorozawa, Higashi Tokorozawa Wada, Saitama, 〒359-0023, Japan. View on Google Maps.


The EJ Anime Museum is a ten minute walk from Higashi Tokorozawa station. Keep an eye out for the LED Manhole Covers on the walk! Parking is also available – it costs 200 yen for 30 minutes, but capped at 600 yen on weekdays and 1800 yen on weekends. It is a ticket less parking lot.

Official event page.

The images were taken from the Kadokawa Corporation website.

Kamen Rider exhibition Kadokawa EJ Anime Museum

Kamen Rider Exhibition

Following the Mamoru Nagano exhibition there will be a Kamen Rider exhibition at the museum from Saturday the 30th of March to Monday May 6th 2024. Given the popularity of Japan’s famous hero, this is one exhibition that is bound to draw people from near and far!

Exhibition Date: March 30 to May 6 2024

Official website.

Previous exhibitions at the EJ Anime Museum on the 3rd floor of Kadcul included

  • Fly me to Saitama from Saitama Citizen’s Day 2023 to Sunday January 14th 2024
  • Dengeki Bunko 30th anniversary exhibition from Saturday September 16th to Sunday November 5th 2023
  • Hatsune Miku Exhibition from Saturday August 5th to Sunday September 10th 2023.
  • Baki the Grappler from Saturday May 27th to Sunday July 9th 2023.
  • Bungo Stray Dogs from March 31st to May 7th 2023.
  • Love Love Snoopy from February 11th to March 26th 2023.
  • Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N from October 8th 2022 to January 29th 2023.
  • Thomas and Friends Steam Adventure from July 16th to September 25th 2022.
  • Rilakkuma and Sumikkogurashi Festival from mid April to mid May 2022.
  • Gundam The Origin from January 22nd to March 21st 2022
  • Also Marvel Studios Universe of Heroes from October 2021 to January 3rd 2022
  • Trigger and Good Smile summer of 2021.
  • Thomas the Tank Engine in spring of 2021. (ej-anime-museum-kadcul-thomas)
  • The very first exhibtion: Newtype Anime Chronicle (ej-anime-museum-kadcul)

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    1. Author

      I might try and go to it with the kids. Still a bit nervous bringing them to indoor locations, but we’ve got to start “living” with Covid at some point!

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