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In The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, the movie portrays a boy called Chiaki searching for a painting at a certain exhibition.
In the animation movie, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, it portrays a boy called Chiaki searching for a painting at a certain exhibition. This exhibition was in fact a special type that was modeled on the Tokyo National Museum (TNM) in Ueno, Tokyo. It could not have taken place in reality and was created just for this movie.
14 years following the release of said movie, this special exhibition entitled Anonymous—Masterpieces of Unknown Artists, will finally come to life at Virtual Tohaku or the Virtual Tokyo National Museum.
Anonymous—Masterpieces of Unknown Artists
White plums, camellias and chrysanthemums is a piece of artwork with an important meaning to the story of the animation movie, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. In the movie itself, the painting was exhibited in an imaginary special exhibition known as Anonymous—Masterpieces of Unknown Artists. The exhibition collected and displayed pieces of artwork that had been passed down as masterpieces, though the creators in question remained unknown, under supervision of the Tokyo National Museum (TNM).
This exhibition whose total picture remained unclear in the actual movie will take place at Virtual Tohaku, which reproduces part of TNM in virtual reality. As the venue will open in a virtual SNS or cluster, users can walk freely around through platforms.
This is a special virtual exhibition that can be “freely” enjoyed and “to the heart's content.” It is a virtual space leading to the next generation, a worldly view of the masterpiece The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, which has never lost its shine even after the passage of 14 years, in addition to Japanese art that has long been admired beyond the ages.
Virtual Tokyo National Museum (TNM) or Virtual Tohaku is a virtual museum that reproduces part of TNM through virtual reality, as a forum to enable many people to experience and appreciate various cultural assets in a manner that differs from a real space.
About the Tokyo National Museum
Opened in 1872, the Tokyo National Museum is the most traditional museum in Japan. The National Institutes for Cultural Heritage manages it with the purpose of collecting and preserving Japanese and Eastern cultural assets, hosting associated exhibitions, research activities, promotions, etc.
Mamoru Hosoda (Filmmaker) and Masato Matsushima (Curator) feature in a special live discussion: Japanese Art That Leaps Through Time
To celebrate the opening of the special virtual exhibition, Anonymous—Masterpieces of Unknown Artists, a live discussion will take place at Virtual Tohaku featuring Mamoru Hosoda, Director of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Masato Matsushima, Curator of the Tokyo National Museum who supervised the exhibition found in the film and also this special virtual exhibition.
In a space that reproduces the exhibition room found in The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, the attractiveness of Hosoda's work and animation techniques along with Japanese art will all be unraveled.
*This event will be conducted in Japanese language only.
Born September 19, 1967 in Toyama prefecture. Director of animation films. In 1991, he joined Toei Doga (now Toei Animation). He was an animator there before becoming a director. In 2003, he directed "SUPERFLAT MONOGRAM," a video for Louis Vuitton's spring/summer collection. He turned freelance thereafter, and in 2006, he released feature animation The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, which, despite its small-scale release, turned out to be a long-running box office hit supported by young viewers. It was also the first winner of the newly established Japan Academy Prize Best Animation as well as numerous other awards. In 2009, he released Summer Wars based on a story he wrote himself, and it also became a smash hit grossing 1.65 billion yen in box office sales and drawing an audience of 1.26 million. Like his previous film, it swept the animation awards in Japan, and it moreover received a formal invitation to the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival and gave Hosoda a nomination for the 2011 Annie Award Best Director, thrusting him to the top echelon of Japanese animation directors. In 2011, he and producer Yuichiro Saito co-established animation studio Studio Chizu. Wolf Children, which he directed and whose screenplay and story he wrote, became a mega hit that drew an audience of 3.44 million and grossed 4.22 billion yen in box office sales.
Curator, Tokyo National Museum; Head of Planning,
National Center for the Promotion of Cultural Properties
Born in 1966 in Osaka City. Graduated in Master's Course at Kanazawa College of Art in 1992. Completed doctoral program without a doctoral degree, Graduate School, Tokyo University of the Arts in 1997. Assumed his current position in 1998. Concurrently serves as Head of Planning, National Center for the Promotion of Cultural Properties, National Institutes for Cultural Heritage since July 2018. Some of the main exhibitions he was in charge of include HASEGAWA TOHAKU: 400th Memorial Retrospective (2010), Kuroda Seiki, Master of Modern Japanese Painting: The 150th Anniversary of his Birth (2016), and Marcel Duchamp and Japanese Art (2018). Also engaged in a comprehensive range of activities apart from the research and study of cultural assets. For example, by extending assistance to production of Mamoru Hosoda films such as The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006) and Bakemono no Ko/The Boy and the Beast (2015).
Mamoru Hosoda (Filmmaker) and Masato Matsushima (Curator) feature in a special live discussion: Japanese Art That Leaps Through Time, which is available on the niconico movie channel (until 2021.1.29).
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Collaboration with popular illustrator Hikaru Ichijo is realized!
Born in Tokyo. Started her career as an illustrator since 2018. She tries to express colors based on printing techniques and graphical illustrations. Widely active in book, advertisement and package design.
At the online museum shop of the Tokyo National Museum, goods related to the special virtual exhibition, Anonymous—Masterpieces of Unknown Artists are on sale.