Kengo Kuma exhibition

A floor by floor guide of the Kadokawa Musashino Museum, also known as the Kadokawa Culture Museum or Kadcul for short. Tokorozawa City, Saitama Prefecture.

The Kadokawa Musashino Museum is a fusion of museum, art gallery, culture and library. It opened on August 1st 2020. The museum is from one of Japan’s largest publishing companies: Kadokawa Corporation. Kadokawa are known in particular for their manga magazines. For this reason, it is no surprise that Manga features greatly in the new complex. In addition, the “Musashino” in the museum’s name refers to the name of the geographic region. It is named Kadokawa Culture Museum in English and nicknamed Kadcul for short.

Kadokawa Musashino Museum

From the museum website ©Kadokawa Musashino Museum

The architecture of the museum is as impressive as the contents and interior design. Moreover, the museum was designed by the multi award winning Kengo Kuma and Associates. It was designed to convey the image of a rock floating on water. An incredible 20,000 pieces of granite, weighing 50 to 70 kilos each, were used in the impressive creation.

By Floor

Kadokawa Museum floor map

The museum has five floors and the library has nine areas including a “forest of books”. I took the above image from the 2020 Kadokawa Tokorozawa Walker Mook, which also has a complete guide to Sakura Town.

The museum by floor, from the top:

5th floor

The fifth floor will open on November 6th. It has the Musashino Gallery, a restaurant and cafe as well as the much anticipated Bookshelf Theater:

Bookshelf Theater

Part of the museum opened yesterday, but the eight meter high bookshelf in the photo above will not open until November 6th. That is the date the rest of the Sakura Town development will have its grand opening too. You can read more about that here. The giant bookshelf holds approximately 50,000 books.

4th floor

The fourth floor houses Edit Town, Edit and Art Gallery and also the “Aramata Treasure House” (pictured above). The latter, Aramata Treasure House, (or a literal translation from the Japanese: Aramata Hidden Wonders Museum) is divided into two rooms. The Wonder Room and Science Art Room. Aramata’s Hidden Wonders Museum as well as Edit Town and Edit Art Gallery are all scheduled to open on November 6th.

Ken and Julia Yonetani exhibition, From PR Times

The opening exhibition in the Edit and Art Gallery will be Ken and Julia Yonetani’s first grand-scaled exhibition. The exhibition will be held at Kadcul (Kadokawa Culture Museum) from the opening on November 6th until March 7th 2021. Moreover, there will also be workshops and talks held at the event. As a local, I will be updating this post frequently with the latest news for the Kadokawa Museum.

3rd floor

The plan had to be open the EJ Anime Museum in early Autumn, but the opening got delayed. Eventually they decided to open it on the same day as the grand opening of Sakura Town. EJ stands for Entertainment Japan. Within the Sakura Town there is also an EJ Anime Hotel which will open October 1st.

The EJ Anime Museum aims to introduce the history and culture of Japan’s famous manga culture. Moreover, it will have a collection of 2.5 million comics and light novels. Furthermore, the museum will showcase by collections. For the opening of the museum the event will commemorate the 35th anniversary of the monthly magazine publication Newtype. Event information here (linked). Following Newtype there will be a Thomas the Tank Engine exhibition in spring of 2021. After which the Trigger and Good Smile Company will hold an exhibition from the 29th of May to June 27th 2021.

2nd floor

Manga and light novel library
From Tokorozawa Walker *Amazon Affiliate Link

The manga and light novel library is on the second floor. The Kado cafe is also on this floor. Both opened yesterday, Saturday August 1st. In keeping with the architecture of the museum, there is also a rock museum on the 2nd floor. It will open on November 6th.

1st floor

The manga and light novel library stretches from the first floor up to the second floor. There is also a gallery on this floor: the grand gallery where the current ““Kengo Kuma | The birth of an art space connected to nature” exhibition is being held. More on the that exhibition here.

Kadokawa Musashino Museum Information

Kadokawa Musashino Museum
Address:3 Chome-31-3 Higashitokorozawawada, Tokorozawa, Saitama 359-0023
Phone:0570-017-396 (2 pm to 5 pm on weekdays only)
Hours:10 am to 6 pm, except for Fridays and Saturdays when it opens until 9 pm. Closed on Tuesdays. The museum will be closed between February 1st and 5th for “maintenance”.
Cost: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). It is strongly advised that you book in advance.
Online:Official website
Opening event information in English

All images from the Sakura Town official website unless otherwise stated.

Access

The museum is located within walking distance of the Higashi Tokorozawa station. It takes about ten minutes on foot.

By car: the resort is about an eight minute drive from the Tokorozawa Interchange of the Kanetsu Expressway. Parking costs 200 yen for 30 minutes. However, the maximum you pay on a weekday is 600 yen and 1,800 yen on the weekend. The Sakura town main car park closes at 8 pm from Sunday to Thursday and at 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. “Dai Ni” and “Dai San” car parks are open 24 hours.

Sakura Town

Kadokawa Musashino / Culture 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. Other shops, facilities and services opening at the complex also include:

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.

Source: Kadokawa Musashino Museum official website’s event page

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).

Cost

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. 

Official press release about the August 1st pre-opening.

Find even more cool events and news for Saitama on the Saitama events calendar.

Access

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.

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