The first exhibition held in a National Art Museum in Japan,
introducing an active director of animation movies

The “Exhibition of Shinkai Makoto”, covering his artworks from “Voices of a Distant Star” to “Your Name,” will be held in The National Art Center, Tokyo from Saturday, November 11th to Monday, December 18th, 2017 (Organizers: The National Art Center, Tokyo, The Asahi Shimbun, TOHO CO., LTD, TV Asahi Corporation,CoMix Wave Films Inc., and AMUSE INC.).
Makoto Shinkai debuted commercially with his short-film, “Voices of a Distant Star” in 2002. For 15 years since then, he has created the most refined “stories of a man and a woman who cross their paths in a beautiful and magnificent world”, and has received many people’s attention without regard to ages or borders.
This exhibition will introduce Shinkai’s journey by showing not only his precious production materials such as storyboards, plannings, drawings, arts, and visual images, but also objects that enable visitors to experience Shinkai’s world.
We can approach the charm of Shinkai’s animations thoroughly with these lined-up works : “Voices of a Distant Star” — self-production; “The place promised in our early days” — the first full-length work produced with professional staff and awarded at Mainichi Film Concours; “5 Centimeters Per Second” — which people are talking about enthusiastically even now; “Children Who Chase Lost Voices” — a true young adult fantasy work; “The Garden of Words” — visual literature of the digital era; “Your Name.” — which won record-breaking success right after being released last year.
Starting from OOKA MAKOTO KOTOBA MUSEUM, Shizuoka, on June 3rd, the exhibition will go to Koumi-machi Kougen Museum of Art, Nagano, and then will come to The National Art Center, Tokyo. This is the first time for a national art museum in Japan to hold an exhibition presenting an active director of animation movies.
As the National Art Center, Tokyo, celebrating its 10th anniversary, has a wider exhibition space compared to the other venues holding this exhibition, the Center is happy to add extra production materials to be shown for the first time. In this exhibition visitors will be able to enjoy and understand even more of Shinkai and his artworks.

10th anniversary of The National Art Center, Tokyo
Exhibition of Shinkai Makoto



Saturday, November 11 — Monday, December 18, 2017

* Closed: Tuesdays

Opening hours:

10:00 — 18:00 (Fridays & Saturdays: 10:00 — 20:00)

* Last admission: 30 minutes before closing


Special Exhibition Gallery 2E, The National Art Center, Tokyo

Organized by:

The National Art Center, Tokyo, The Asahi Shimbun, TOHO CO., LTD, TV Asahi Corporation,CoMix Wave Films Inc., AMUSE INC.

Admission(tax included)


1,600 yen (Adults), 1,200 yen (College students), 800 yen (High school students)


1,400 yen (Adults), 1,000 yen (College students), 600 yen (High school students)

  • ・Visitors who are under junior high school students and disabled people (along with the one assistant) will be admitted for free upon presenting the Disabled Person's Booklet or an equivalent form of government-issued ID.
  • ・Free entrance to the exhibition for high school students from November 17 (Fri.) to November 19 (Sun.) , 2017 upon presenting students ID.
  • ・Both Advance and General tickets are available through The National Art Center, Tokyo (only on open days), exhibition website (ONLINE TICKETS), and other major ticket agencies. Service charges may apply. (These service are only available in Japanese.)
  • ・Group tickets will only be available at the venue and a discount is applicable to groups of 20 people or more.
  • ・Students, faculty and staff, of institutions enrolled in the “Campus Members”, can apply for group fee rate.
  • ・Credit card (UC, Master Card, VISA, JCB, AMEX, Diners Club, DISCOVER) , e-cash (Suica, PASMO, ICOCA, etc.), iD, J-Debit and Union Pay can be used for purchasing tickets.