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Sukagawa Tokusatsu Archives Center

Philosophy and Mission

Sukagawa Tokusatsu Archives Center opened on November 3, 2020 (Culture Day) as the cornerstone of the city’s project, “Building a Tokusatsu Culture Base City.”

Live-action film makers use Tokusatsu (Japanese special effects) to produce amazing works. Sukagawa native Director Eiji Tsuburaya, known as the “God of Tokusatsu,” laid its foundation. Unfortunately, irreplaceable materials such as Tokusatsu miniature models have been destroyed or lost, and fewer people today are aware of Tokusatsu techniques.

To address these concerns, Sukagawa City has started an initiative to store Tokusatsu materials in a suitable environment, in cooperation with the Anime Tokusatsu Archive Centre (ATAC), a non-profit organization.

The Center plays a vital role in passing on Tokusatsu technology to future generations. We collect, preserve, restore and conduct research on valuable materials related to Tokusatsu. We also promote and honor Tokusatsu culture. Our visitors can take full advantage of the Center and view our selective collection from film shoots.

Messages
from the Archive Project Members

  • Hideaki Anno
    Hideaki Anno

    Director / Producer
    Chief Director of ATAC

  • Katsuro Onoue
    Katsuro Onoue

    VFX Director / VFX Supervisor
    ATAC

  • Yuji Nishimura
    Yuji Nishimura

    President, M-Ichigo Co., Ltd.
    ATAC

  • Tomoo Haraguchi
    Tomoo Haraguchi

    Part-time Lecturer, Tokyo University of the Arts
    ATAC Master of Restoration

  • Ryusuke Hikawa
    Ryusuke Hikawa

    Professor,
    Meiji University Graduate School
    Director of ATAC

  • Shinji Higuchi
    Shinji Higuchi

    Special Effects Director
    Director of ATAC

  • Toshio Miike
    Toshio Miike

    Special Effects Designer
    ATAC

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History of Sukagawa Tokusatsu Archives Center

History: Sukagawa City Tokusatsu Culture Promotion Project

2013

August 4, 2013

We held a talk session “Tokusatsu Juku @ Fukushima – Let’s talk about Tokusatsu, for the future.” (Sponsor: The Agency for Cultural Affairs;  Co-sponsors: Sukagawa City, Fukushima Prefecture)

Venue
21st Century Construction Building, Fukushima Airport Park 
Speakers
Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi, Katsuro Onoue, Tomoo Haraguchi, Toshio Miike
Guest Speaker
Shinichiro Inoue (KADOKAWA CORPORATION)
2015

April 2015

We started working with Tokusatsu experts on archiving Tokusatsu-related materials.

July 2015

We started archiving Tokusatsu-related materials utilizing idle public facilities.

2016

With the support of the Support Program for the Promotion on Archiving Media Arts, the “Battleship Mikasa” was inspected and restored under the Japan Tokusatsu Archive Project (Coordinator: Mori Building Co., Ltd.) ( – through 2018).

2017

December 2, 2017

We held our “Tokusatsu Workshop,” a Sukagawa Tokusatsu Archives Center Opening Preparation Project, for elementary and junior high school students.

Venue
Iwase Noson Kankyo Kaizen Center
Instructor
Toshio Miike
2018

May 12, 2018

We held a guest talk featuring Tokusatsu specialists at the 30th Sukagawa International Short Film Festival.

Speakers
Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi, Katsuro Onoue, Kan Miyoshi

We held our “Tokusatsu Workshop,” a Sukagawa Tokusatsu Archives Center Opening Preparation Project, for visitors at the 30th Sukagawa International Short Film Festival.

Venue
Sukagawa City Cultural Center
Instructor
Toshio Miike

September 5, 2018

We held our “Tokusatsu Workshop,” a Sukagawa Tokusatsu Archives Center Opening Preparation Project, for educators. 

Venue
Sukagawa City Cultural Center
Instructor
Toshio Miike

November 3, 2018

The Tokusatsu Culture Promotion Project Executive Committee was established.

Members
Fukushima Prefecture, Sukagawa City, Non-Profit Organization Anime Tokusatsu Archive Centre, the International Art & Design College at FSG College League, Sukagawa Chamber of Commerce

We held a symposium, “The Fascination of Mechanical Special Effects/Tokusatsu—The Technology and Soul of the Creators” as a commemorative event for the formation of the Tokusatsu Culture Promotion Project Executive Committee.

Venue
Sukagawa City Hall, 4th floor
Speakers
Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi, Katsuro Onoue, Tomoo Haraguchi, Toshio Miike
Host
Kan Miyoshi

December 22, 2018

We held “Tokusatsu Workshop,” a Sukagawa Tokusatsu Archives Center Opening Preparation Project, for elementary school students in Sukagawa City.

Venue
Sukagawa City Cultural Center
Instructor
Toshio Miike
2019

January 11, 2019

The Tsuburaya Eiji Museum opened in “tette,” Sukagawa Community Center.

February 2, 2019

July 7 was officially registered as “Tokusatsu Day” (Tokusatsu Culture Promotion Project Executive Committee).

Tokusatsu Culture Day (Day 1) (Sponsor: Tokusatsu Culture Promotion Project Executive Committee)
“Godzilla” (1954) screening, talk show

Venue
“tette,” Sukagawa Community Center
Speakers
Katsuro Onoue

February 3, 2019

Tokusatsu Culture Day (Day 2) (Sponsor: Tokusatsu Culture Promotion Project Executive Committee)
“Gamera: Guardian of the Universe” (1995) screening, talk show

Venue
“tette,” Sukagawa Community Center
Speakers
Shinji Higuchi

February 7, 2019


We held a Tokusatsu Day event (Sponsor: Tokusatsu Culture Promotion Project Executive Committee).
“NHK Taiga Drama ‘Idaten: The Epic Marathon to Tokyo’ Special Talk”

Venue
“tette,” Sukagawa Community Center
Speakers
Katsuro Onoue, Takafumi Yuki (VFX Producer)

September 14&15, 2019

We held our Tokusatsu workshop “Let’s Make Clouds with Cotton” for the host city’s elementary school children (Sponsor: Tokusatsu Culture Promotion Project Executive Committee).

Venue
Inawashiro Cultural Center “Manabiina” Hall (Sept. 14)
Koriyama City Culture Park Culture Center Exhibition Room (Sept. 15)
Instructor
Toshio Miike

With the support of the Support Program for the Promotion on Archiving Media Arts, the “Japan Tokusatsu Archive” Project (Coordinator: Mori Building Co., Ltd.), began maintaining  a collection list at the Sukagawa Tokusatsu Archives Center.

2020

November 3, 2020

Sukagawa Tokusatsu Archives Center opened.

We held an award ceremony for the contest to name our Center’s Kaiju mascot. Sukagawa City residents above elementary school age were eligible to submit name ideas.  

With the support of the Support Program for the Promotion on Archiving Media Arts, the “Japan Tokusatsu Archive” Project group (Coordinator: Mori Building Co., Ltd.) began carrying out 3D scanning work of Tokusatsu materials.