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Temporary Exhibitions

Takahata Isao: A Legend in Japanese Animation

Sep. 30 - Dec. 17, 2023
Temporary Exhibition Gallery


    Takahata Isao (1935-2018), an animation film director, had lead Japanese animation for half a century since the 1960s. In the 1970s, Takahata created lively human dramas that carefully depict everyday life in such TV classics as Heidi, Girl of the Alps (1974) and Anne of Green Gables (1979). From the 1980s, he shifted the stage to Japan and produced works such as Downtown Story (1981), Gauche the Cellist (1982), Grave of the Fireflies (1988), and Pom Poko (1994) that portrayed the Japanese climate and the reality of ordinary people's lives, reexamining the Japanese history during and after World War II. In his last film, The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013), he challenged to use digital technology to create a watercolor style of depiction that utilized hand-drawn lines, achieving a revolution in expression that deffers to the traditional cel-based style animation.
   This exhibition focuses on Takahata's point of "directing" and introduces unreleased materials to reveal the secrets of his multifaceted world.

Lecture by Saita Shunji
Oct. 21, 2023 14:00-15:30
*exhibition ticket required
*reservation required
at the Hall

Lecture by Kano Seiji
Nov. 5, 2023 14:00-15:30
*exhibition ticket required
*reservation required
at the Hall

Film Screening
1) Only Yesterday
Oct. 29, 2023   14:00-15:59

2) My Neighbors The Yamadas
Nov. 19, 2023   14:00-15:44

3) The Tale of Princess Kaguya
Nov. 26, 2023   14:00-16:17

*exhibition ticket required
at the Hall

Gallery Talks
Oct. 6, Oct. 20, Nov. 3, Nov. 17, Dec. 1, Dec. 15, 2023  14:00-
*exhibition ticket required
at the Temporary Exhibition Gallery

The Tales of The Princess Kaguya
©2013 畑事務所・Studio Ghibli・NDHDMTK

Advance tickets (same price as the group tickets) available at the museum and the ticket agencies until the day before the opening.
Students of Senior High School and University 
Students of Elementary School and Junior High School
( )= Advance and group ticket price.



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