Tokusatsu DNA

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Tokusatsu DNA (特撮のDNA,   Tokusatsu no Dīenei, lit. DNA of Tokusatsu) is an ongoing series of exhibits focusing on tokusatsu special effects, held at varying museums and galleries in Japan. Since its inception in 2016, three showcases have focused on Toho's Godzilla franchise, in addition to two exhibits showcasing Daiei's Heisei Gamera trilogy and multiple Ultraman exhibits.[1]

Selected exhibitions[edit | edit source]

From Eiji Tsuburaya to Koichi Kawakita: The path of Japan's proud special effects directors[edit | edit source]

Held from Wednesday, August 3, to Sunday, October 2, 2016 at the Fukushima Gainax Museum of Fantasy and Art in Miharu, Fukushima.[2]

Japan's proud history of monster character modeling[edit | edit source]

Held Friday, September 29 to Sunday, November 5, 2017 at the Saga Prefectural Art Museum in Saga. Godzilla and Gamera series modeler Shinichi Wakasa gave two lectures on opening day. On Friday October 13 and Friday October 27, "Godzilla Mini Concerts" were held, featuring musicians and singers performing pieces such as "Godzilla's Theme" and "Who Will Know."[3]

Heisei Era Special Effects "Takumi no Yume"[edit | edit source]

Took place Saturday, July 14 to Sunday, September 2, 2018 at the Akashi Municipal Cultural Museum in Akashi, Hyōgo. Shinichi Wakasa also gave two lectures at this exhibit on Sunday, July 15. On Sunday, August 12, Godzilla series director Kazuki Omori gave a presentation about his two films in the series. In addition, the exhibit director gave two lectures on Saturday, July 28 and August 18, with the curator speaking on Saturday, July 21 and again on the 25th. [4]

From Godzilla to Shin Godzilla[edit | edit source]

Held at the Nihon Kogakuin College Gallery in Tokyo from Wednesday, December 19, 2018 to Sunday, January 27, 2019.

The Impact of Heisei Gamera and Daiei's Fantasy Special Effects[edit | edit source]

Again shown at the Nihon Kogakuin College Gallery in Tokyo, from Friday, December 13, 2019 to Sunday, January 26, 2020.

Godzilla appears on Mt. Fuji[edit | edit source]

Occurred from Saturday, July 10 to Monday, September 6, 2021 at the Yamanashi Prefectural Museum in Fuefuki, Yamanashi. Shinichi Wakasa lectured on Saturday, July 10, and special effects director Eiichi Asada spoke on August 21. Millennium series director Masaaki Tezuka gave a lecture on the same date. On Sunday, July 25, Sunday, August 8, and Sunday, August 29, the exhibit's curator spoke about the exhibit's highlights. [5]

Tokyo Tower SOS: Godzilla x Mothra Toho Tokusatsu Exhibition[edit | edit source]

Held in the Tokyo Tower's B1 event hall from Saturday, July 16 to Sunday, August 7, 2022 in Tokyo. Featured items include a suit used to depict Kiryu, a commemoration of the 45th anniversary of The War in Space featuring the prop used for Commander Hell's helmet, the prop used for the Okinawan Shisa statue featured in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, a foot and part of the leg of the 1975 Mechagodzilla suit, and a retrospective of the Tower's role in the film Mothra among other props and displays. Masaaki Tezuka gave a talk on Saturday, July 23 about the Tower's appearance and subsequent destruction in Godzilla films. On Saturday, July 30, Shinichi Wakasa led a discussion on the art of monster modeling. [6]

Heisei Gamera Trilogy Exhibition: Gyaos comes flying to Tokyo Tower[edit | edit source]

The second Tokusatsu DNA exhibit in the Tokyo Tower will be held from Thursday, August 11, 2022 to Sunday, August 28, 2022 in Tokyo. Highlighted are a newly restored Gamera suit and props depicting Gyaos atop the Tokyo Tower from Gamera the Guardian of the Universe alongside an original Iris prop. A talk on Saturday, August 13 is to feature Tokusatsu prop restorer Tomoo Haraguchi discussing the restoration of the featured Gamera suit. On Saturday, august 20, special effects art director Toshio Miike will speak about urban destruction in Tokusatsu films. [7]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Heisei Gamera exhibition in 2020
First day of Heisei special effects exhibition
Grand opening of first showcase
Items featured in "Tokyo Tower SOS"

External Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for Tokusatsu DNA. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. Tokusatsu DNA Production Committee. これまでの展覧会. 特撮のDNA.
  2. Fukushima Gainax. 映画「シン・ゴジラ」公開記念 特撮のDNA展開催中!. 空想とアートのミュージアム 福島さくら遊学舎.
  3. Saga Prefectural Art Museum. 特撮のDNA展 怪獣の匠. 佐賀県立美術館.
  4. Akashi Municipal Cultural Museum. 特撮のDNA展ー平成に受け継がれた特撮"匠の夢. 明石市立文化博物館.
  5. Yamanashi Prefectural Museum. 特撮のDNA ~ゴジラ、富士山にあらわる~. 山梨県立博物館は、.
  6. Tokusatsu DNA Production Committee. 特撮のDNA 東京タワーSOS. 特撮のDNA.
  7. Tokusatsu DNA Production Committee. 特撮のDNA/平成ガメラ3部作 展 東京タワーにギャオス飛来. 特撮のDNA.

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