“Suginami Animation Museum”; All of Japan’s Anime Packed Into One Place!

“Suginami Animation Museum”; All of Japan’s Anime Packed Into One Place!
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Japanese animation is one key example of Japanese culture. There are many countries around the world filled with anime fans, and a lot of people have even stated, “I developed an interest in Japan because of Japanese anime”. What’s more is that in recent times, in addition to the JAPAN EXPO, there are other events that have been especially created around the world, which specialise in Japanese anime and manga.

But did you know that the history of Japanese anime is actually quite long? There is a place in Tokyo city that allows you to learn about all there is to know about Japanese anime, and our girls Kumiko Funayama, Ai Matsumoto and Hikari Shiina visited this wondrous place. It is known by the name “Suginami Animation Museum”.


Upon their arrival, our girls encounter a timeline showing the release dates of various Japanese animation. There are countless anime productions that are lined up along the timeline.


Television first broadcasted in 1953, and 10 years later in 1963, the very first 30 minute Japanese-produced anime series (Tetsuwan Atom or “Astro Boy” in English), started airing. In 1960, the famous anime, “Sazae-san”; a household name in Japan, began airing. “Sazae-san” is an anime for the nation that even to this day, is broadcasted every Sunday at 6:30pm. In the 1970s the first anime produced by Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki (Mirai Shounen Conan” or “Future Boy Conan” in English), began broadcasting. Also in the 1970s, the anime “Doraemon” began airing. In the 1980’s, “Dragon Ball”, “Anpan Man”, and “Evangelion” started being broadcasted. Our girls were bouncing around with pure excitement as they talked about anime that they knew, making statements such as “I didn’t know that this anime started airing so far back!” in surprise.


This museum doesn’t just have an exhibition area, but also has a hands-on experience area too. In this area you can experience making movies.


Our girls experienced dubbing! They all felt like voice actresses!




At “Suginami Animation Museum”, our girls could enjoy the world of Japanese anime. What will shock you, is that entrance to the museum is completely free! Please feel free to drop by and check out the history of Japanese anime!

Photo by kobadog
Translated by Cheryl Coyle

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Address : 3-29-5 Kamiogi, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station : Ogikubo
TEL : 03-3396-1510



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