Fukushima Gainax's Anime Museum Opens in April
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Visitors to Fukushima Prefecture will soon be able to visit Kuso to Art no Museum - Fukushima Sakura Yugakusha, or the Museum of Fantasy and Art - Fukushima Sakura Yugakusha. The museum, which officially opens April 1, was founded by a subsidiary of animation production house Gainax, which will also be setting up an anime studio at the same site under the name Fukushima Gainax.
The goal was to establish a facility that would introduce the world to anime from Fukushima Prefecture. Said Fukushima Gainax President and Fukushima native Yoshinori Asao, "I want people (around the world) to know the good points of Fukushima Prefecture and Japan."
The museum houses exhibits on the anime production process, as well as original drawings, and hopes to draw in 30,000 visitors a year. It was built on the site of the former Sakura Junior High School, which closed in 2012 due to low enrollment. The museum and the studio are both currently hiring for jobs like museum curator, accountant, and production assistant, so if you're looking for a chance to work with Gainax, this is your chance.
For pictures from the museum's preview event, spring cultural festival, and collaboration with Osaka University of Arts, check out Fukushima Gainax's Twitter.
Source: Asahi Shimbun; additional images from Fukushima Gainax