The 'Sukagawa Archive Center', which publishes valuable materials for free to pass on special effects technology to posterity, is like this
The 'Sukagawa Archive Center ', which collects, preserves, restores, and researches valuable materials related to special effects that are in danger of dissipation, will be opened on November 3, 2020 (Tuesday) in Sukagawa City, Fukushima Prefecture, the birthplace of Eiji Tsuburaya. It has opened. This center is not just a storage facility / research facility, but also aims to honor and promote special effects culture, so you can tour some of the collected and preserved materials for free.
Facility Information Sukagawa Archive Center / Sukagawa City Official Homepage
Speaking of collecting materials for special effects, a special exhibition ' Hideaki Anno Special Effects Museum ' was held from 2013 to 2015, but this facility is called 'Archive Center' instead of 'Museum'.
At the entrance, a panel of Deputy Director Shinji Higuchi welcomes you.
In many cases, photography is prohibited at facilities where this type of exhibition is held, but in the case of the Sukagawa Archive Center, photography with smartphones and mobile phones is OK in the area where you can visit, and it is also published on SNS. Even if it is OK. However, it is NG to use shooting equipment such as cameras, to shoot movies, close-ups, and shoots for duplication purposes.
Welcome board displayed at the entrance counter. It was written by hand on the opening day and will be displayed here in the future.
The people concerned were writing on the wall more and more.
Materials related to special effects are lined up in the library. Please note that you are not allowed to bring bags in this space, so please put your luggage in the locker provided separately.
Airplane models are flying around the atrium on the first floor.
unveiled at the opening ceremony, is also installed on the first floor.
The statue of Shin Ultraman, which was
The inside looks like this, and the items are lined up closely.
'Attack on Titan'.
There is also a huge battleship Yamato and the wall of
A giant warrior who can operate from behind.
There is a 'collection illustration' that shows what kind of items are lined up closely. This shows the front installation of the storage.
The back shelf is also packed with so many items.
Although various items are stored, it is said that digital archiving by 3D scanning is being attempted because it is very difficult to store rubber-made products for a long period of time.
A chronological table summarizing past activities. Counting from the start of research, the archive center has been opened eight years later.
At the landing on the 2nd floor, you can see the staff involved in special effects.
The main exhibition on the 2nd floor was a large miniature set, which is also a photography spot.
The set was designed by Toshio Miike. You can see that the design is a miniature of the town with the sky picture drawn by the background artist, Mr. Nichiroku Shimakura, who is called 'the god of clouds'.
In the place that was 'A position' in the design drawing by Mr. Miike, a glass plate with the sky drawn is installed in front of the set like this.
If you take the right position, you can take a picture of 'the town where a large monster appeared'.
In addition, when you go around to the back of the set, the road becomes narrow like this. By doing this, the perspective is emphasized.
In the audiovisual room on the 2nd floor, the special effects short film 'Giant God Warriors Appearing in Tokyo' and its making video 'Until the Giant God Warriors Appear in Tokyo' exhibited at the 'Director Hideaki Anno Special Effects Museum' will be screened. ..
Admission to the Sukagawa Archive Center is free, and the museum is closed on Tuesdays (or the following weekday if it is a national holiday) and during the year-end and New Year holidays. Opening hours are from 9:00 to 17:00.
By public transportation, the nearest bus stop is Fukushima Transportation's 'Iwase Branch ', which is about a 1-minute walk away. However, the number of trains that can be used is small, and with the timetable as of November 2020, we boarded the train bound for 'Machimoriya via Yazawa' departing from Sukagawa Station at 8:25 on weekdays and arrived at 8:46. The only available route is to tour for about 2 hours and return at 11:25 via Sukagawa Station to Namikicho. There are no flights to / from the 'Iwase Branch' bus stop on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.
If you can use it on weekends and holidays, there is a route that you can take the bus bound for Naganuma from Koriyama station, get off at the 'Nanatsuishi' bus stop, and walk for about 40 minutes. The number is 5 round trips a day.