100 Years of Japanese Animation: Pioneers of Moving Manga

Kawasaki City Museum

poster for 100 Years of Japanese Animation: Pioneers of Moving Manga
[Image: Hekoten Shimokawa "Imokawa Mukuzo" (partial), "Tokyo Pack" (Vol. 11 No. 22), (1915)]

Ends in 44 days

This exhibition looks back on the origins of Japanese animation a century ago, spotlighting four pioneers in the field: Hekoten Shimokawa, Seitaro Kiyama, Junichi Kouchi, and Senpan Maekawa. It also looks at ties between prewar manga and animation culture, and screens the recently rediscovered “Namakura Katana” – Japan’s oldest animation – and a tribute by contemporary animators to Hekoten Shimokawa.

Early Animation
Date: Oct. 22 (Sun) 11:30 and 14:00 (two programs)

Hekoten Shimokawa Tribute & Contemporary Animators’ Works
Date: Nov. 19 (Sun) 13:30–16:00

Animation Masterpieces
Every Saturday and Sunday Oct. 14 (Sat)–Nov. 26 (Sun) 11:30 and 14:00

In Japanese. Please see the official website for details and information on more events.



from September 02, 2017 to December 03, 2017
Closed on Nov. 19 (Tues), Oct. 10 (Tues), Nov. 24 (Fri). Open on Sep. 18 (Mon) and Oct. 9 (Mon).



Venue Hours

From 9:30 To 17:00
Closed on Mondays
Note:The gallery is open on public holiday Mondays, but closed on the following Tuesday.


Address: 1-2 Todoroki, Nakahara-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa-ken 211-0052
Phone: 044-754-4500

10 minutes by bus from the North Exit of Musashikosugi Station on the JR Nanbu, Tokyu Toyoko and Meguro Lines.

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