This 1,000 ㎡ space is used for bold and experimental exhibition projects designed to convey unique messages related to nature, science, art, natural history, fashion, environment, society, and anything else that has a story to tell. Visitors can make new discoveries wherever things intersect with one another, in ways beyond existing methods and frameworks.
© SORA BOTANICAL GARDEN Project
Company founder Genyoshi Kadokawa named his former residence Aogaki Sanbo ("green persimmon mountain cottage") for the large Southern Magnolia in its garden, a gift to celebrate the house's completion in 1955. Attempting to reproduce the old Aogaki Sanbo, Seijun Nishihata landscaped this garden with aki-no-nanakusa ("seven autumnal flowers") and weeping cherry trees around the magnolia as a centerpiece.
Manga & Light Novel Library
Welcome to one of the world's largest collections of entertainment novels.Encompassing a total of approximately 37,000titles, it includes light novels from a varietyof publishing companies, as well as children's books, comics, etc. Enter the abundant,uniquely Japanese world of juvenile and entertainment culture that offers much fun for young and old.
This is the main entrance lobby on the 2nd floor. In addition to enjoying works from the Kadokawa Culture Promotion Foundation's collection of contemporary art, at certain times visitors can also view displays introducing the museum's unique projects. A café and a shop make this a place for anyone to stop by quite casually.
The menu includes "OIMOBALL" a new type of additive-free sweets made of sweet potato and rice flour, as well as cafe latte served in cups printed with sketches of the KCM building. Another highlight is the view of the beautiful water basin of Sakura Town from the laid-back interior that was designed under Kengo Kuma's supervision.
Rock Museum Shop
This shop offers a broad selection of products including exclusive KCM goods, pretty items for daily use, craft works made in the Musashino area, and unique local foods that also make for perfect souvenirs. Also available are various items modeled after the unique shape of the KCM building.
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EJ Anime Museum
The "EJ (Entertainment Japan) Museum" adopts innovative exhibition styles to present anime as a part of Japanese culture that occupies a unique place also in a global context. In addition to anime titles, the museum also focuses on their respective creators, as well as other entertainment products derived from anime works.
Edit Town - Book Street
Set up under Seigow Matsuoka's supervision, the 50-meter-long Book Street irradiates the breath and the "aliveness" of books. The 25,000 titles it houses were divided into nine original categories, with the aim to make this a place where visitors can literally read the world, encounter new books, and experience how all this inspires brand new ideas.
Photo : Masaki Ogawa
EDIT & ART Gallery
Exhibited at this gallery are mainly works of contemporary art, but also a wide range of items from various other artistic genres. It is a place for experiencing the restructuring of knowledge through encounters with things, works and words that stimulate the visitor's imagination, association and contemplation.
ARAMATA Wunderkammer (Museum)
This cabinet of curiosities, supervised by Hiroshi Aramata, presents unique manifestations of human "imagination" and "anima." Filled to the brim with marvels of all sorts, it features a wide variety of hands-on exhibits to watch and/or listen, ranging from the curiosity-oriented to the extremely academic.
Surrounded by eight-meter-tall bookshelves, the library houses about 20,000 titles, including next to KADOKAWA publications also items from the private collections of Genyoshi Kadokawa, Kenkichi Yamamoto, Rizo Takeuchi, Shuzen Hokama. It also serves as a stage for audio-visual projection mapping events themed on "playing and interacting with books."
In this attic-like stairwell space behind the Bookshelf Theater, Hiroshi Aramata lined up about 3,000 titles that he selected from his private collection. Some of these books, ranging from 19th century to contemporary literature, don't exist anywhere else in Japan. Entering this space feels very much like stepping right into Hiroshi Aramata's mind.
All sorts of books and other materials related to the Musashino region, where the KCM is located, are offered here. In addition to a library assembled by folklorist and "Musashinology" advocate Norio Akasaka, covering topics like "Woodland", "Suburb", "River", "Travel", "River Terrace", "Rice Paddy Cultivation", and "Migration". Jomon pottery and other local items are also on display.
Santome vegetables, which have been cultivated by special agricultural methods in this region since the Edo period, are the key players in the Musashino cuisine that is all about "local production for local consumption." These little known yet attractive ingredients grown in the lush, green surroundings of Musashino, are transformed into a variety of tasty dishes that defy categorization.