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Kengo Kuma Exhibition at the Kadokawa Musashino Museum
September 25 @ 10:00 – 18:00
Kengo Kuma exhibition at Kadokawa Musashino Museum.
Kengo Kuma Exhibition
For the opening of the Kadokawa Musashino Museum there will be a Kengo Kuma exhibtion in the grand gallery on the 1st floor. Kengo Kuma is the architect behind the impressive “rock on water” museum design. He is also renowned for his work on the National Stadium. The exhibition “Kengo Kuma: The Birth of an Art Space Connected to Nature – Transcendent Architecture in Stone and Wood” commemorates the completion of the much anticipated Kadokawa Musashino Museum (also being called the Kadokawa Culture Museum in English).
The exhibition is on daily from Saturday August 1st to Thursday October 15th. (Please note the gallery is closed on Tuesdays). From the official website:
…In the case of the National Stadium, Japan’s holy ground for the playing of sports, Kuma’s abundant use of wood as a symbolic material has produced a structure that harmonizes with its surroundings. The Kadokawa Culture Museum, on the other hand, with its exterior walls clad with 20,000 granite plates, is an architecture that seems to have risen up from the Earth itself. The word “art” has as its root the ancient Greek word “techne,” which signifies the creation of something not found in nature, an idea expressed by the Japanese word “jutsu” or “technique.” Stone and the unique plasticity provided by its surface structure, the idea of connection with the Musashino Upland from deep within the Earth and the sophisticated techniques used to give form to both were brought together by Kengo Kuma in the Kadokawa Culture Museum. In doing so, one may say for Kuma, “art” and “jutsu” are one and the same.
This exhibition introduces the beauty of Kuma’s architecture by focusing on these two groundbreaking structures built with stone and wood, two of the most familiar and most contrasting materials known to humans.
Kadokawa Musashino Museum
If you are looking for more detailed general information on the new Kadokawa Museum you can find that here. (There is also a brief summary below). The post includes a floor by floor guide of what is on offer within the museum, which has millions of comics, books and anime. It is more than just a museum with several other facilities including the grand gallery where the Kengo Kuma exhibition is currently being held. And that will host exhibitions routinely going forward.
Kadokawa Musashino Museum is just one of the many offerings at the new Sakura Town Shin Tokorozawa. It is part of the Cool Japan Forest Project, an initiative between Kadokawa Corporation and Tokorozawa city. Kadokawa Corporation are one of the largest publishing companies in Japan and are known in particular for their manga magazines. Manga will feature greatly in the new complex. Apart from the Kadokawa museum there is the Cool Japan shrine, an anime hotel, restaurants, shops, event space and in the neighboring park there is a TeamLab “Acorn Forest” permanent outdoor exhibition.
The gallery area and 1st floor cafe opened yesterday, but the stunning Bookshelf Theater (pictured above) won’t open until November 6th. An exact date hasn’t been set for the opening of the anime museum, but they hope to open it in Autumn.
The museum was supposed to be called Kadokawa Musashino after the name of the publishers who are funding the project “Kadokawa” and the name of the geographical area “Musashino”. However, recently they seem to be referring to it as the Kadokawa Culture Museum. The museum has a section on the Sakura Town website as well as its own website.
Kadokawa Musashino Museum Hours
The museum is open from Wednesdays to Mondays, closed on Tuesdays. It opens from 10 am to 6 pm, except for Fridays and Saturdays when it opens until 9 pm. (Last entry is 30 minutes before closing time everyday).
Tickets cost 1,600 yen for adults, 1000 yen for students and 700 yen for elementary school aged children. Booking is now open on their website (quick link). At the moment (July 16th) the calendar is wide open, but it may book up soon.
Phone number: 0570-017-396. The phone is manned from 2 pm to 5 pm on weekdays only.
All images from the official website.
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Ten minute walk from Higashi Tokorozawa station. Parking available – it costs 200 yen for 30 minutes, but capped at 600 yen on weekdays and 1800 yen on weekends.
Kadokawa Culture Museum
Tokorozawa,, 〒359-0023 Japan + Google Map 0570-017-396
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