Here at TBTP World HQ, we still sorely miss visiting libraries and museums. So, we are forced to live vicariously for now through virtual travel. We were intrigued to learn about this amazing new project outside of Tokyo that launched on August 1, 2020. The stunning Kadokawa Musashino Museum is part art museum and part library inside of a monolithic granite structure that was designed by Kengo Kuma for Kadokawa, a major publisher of manga and fiction.
A highlight of the institution is the Bookshelf Theater Library, a dramatic space occupying sections of the 4th and 5th floor. With 26 foot floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, the soaring library will accommodate 50,000 books. Inside the imposing building there are 5 floors consisting of various sections dedicated to books, anime, art and cartoons.