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Kyoto Animation Exhibition Displays Art That Avoided Deadly Fire

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Materials were housed in a location separate from Studio 1

The Tawayamacho district of Matsue city in Shimane prefecture is hosting an exhibition of 70 pieces of original art by Kyoto Animation that avoided the deadly fire at Studio 1 last month. Entry to the exhibition is free and it will run at the Imai Shoten Group Center book store until August 31.

The exhibition is located in the STUDIO WONDER section of the store where five original pieces of art are on display with messages from Kyoto Animation directors. STUDIO WONDER manager Eriko Suzuki told The Asahi Shimbun that the exhibition was planned prior to the arson attack but the materials were sent afterward.

"I was surprised when the production materials arrived. They weren't burned because they were housed in a separate place from the studio where the arson took place," she said.

Visitors can offer donations to Kyoto Animation at a donation box in the exhibition.

Another free exhibition at the Museum of Kyoto is displaying posters of works by Kyoto Animation that will run through August.

Kyoto Prefectural Police released the names on Friday of 10 of the 35 victims who died in the fire at Kyoto Animation's 1st studio building on July 18.

On July 18 at around 10:30 a.m. JST, a devastating arson was committed at Kyoto Animation's 1st Studio building, killing 35 people and injuring 33 others. 30 fire engines responded to the fire, and firefighters were able to extinguish most of the fire within five hours after it started, but the fire was not fully put out until 6:20 a.m. on July 19. Kyoto Prefectural Police have already apprehended a 41-year-old man who allegedly used gasoline to start the fire, and are investigating the case as arson.

Source: Asahi Shimbun Digital via Livedoor News

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