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No.063
PLAY! MUSEUM and PLAY! PARK —where both kids and adults can play to their heart’s content!

2021/02/24

PLAY!, a complex cultural facility that uses art to let kids both play and learn, opened on the North Exit side of JR Tachikawa Station in June 2020. It offers many ways to spend time, with PLAY! MUSEUM, a “Pictures and Words” themed museum, on the 2nd floor, and PLAY! PARK, an indoor plaza, on the 3rd floor. The interior was designed by Tezuka Architects, which is known for designing the Fuji Kindergarten in Tachikawa, and art direction was carried out by Atsuki Kikuchi, who created the “VI” symbol for the Aomori Museum of Art.

In the spring of 2020, GREEN SPRINGS was born on the site of the former Tachikawa military base, east of Showa Kinen Park.
In the spring of 2020, GREEN SPRINGS was born on the site of the former Tachikawa military base, east of Showa Kinen Park.

Chockful of ideas for basking in a story world— Exhibitions of Pictures and Words

PLAY! is part of the new GREEN SPRINGS complex in Tachikawa. On the entrance floor is the “Pictures and Words” themed PLAY! MUSEUM. Here one can view two exhibitions, one permanent and one special. When we visited, the special exhibition was a new exhibition presented by the creative unit, “tupera tupera.”

Aiko Morita, a press officer for PLAY!, told us, “ We are set up to let both adults and kids not only look at exhibits, but also jump into the world of picture books.”

There are many faces displayed, including the defining work, Kao Noto (“Face Notebook”), and other original images, as well as the Kao 10 (“Ten face”), a lineup of two-meter-size faces.

The permanent exhibition venue, which has many windows and openings in the walls, was built so that the space itself resembles a picture book. In FY2020, the permanent exhibition, which introduces a famous picture book author throughout the year, is presenting Eric Carle: Book to Play, a joint exhibition with the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Massachusetts, USA.

Find your favorite spots among seven zones that include playground equipment, workshops, and theater

PLAY! PARK is laid out on the floor above PLAY! MUSEUM. The Balloon Monster is a huge attraction that can be played with freely—it is made of 8,000 balloons and never breaks, even when adults sit on it.

PLAY! PARK also has a Studio where you can play the piano and other instruments, and a Theater that shows animated films made by students in the Graphic Design Department of Tama Art University. You can spend as much time as you like at the zones of your choice, according to your interests and age group.

The first room of the tupera tupera’s KAOTEN, a special exhibition.
The first room of the tupera tupera’s KAOTEN, a special exhibition.
The permanent exhibition venue—an open space with round and rectangular windows reminiscent of an Eric Carle picture book.
The permanent exhibition venue—an open space with round and rectangular windows reminiscent of an Eric Carle picture book.
The Balloon Monster was the idea of Jogakkai, a student organization at Tokyo City University. It was created by the Takaharu Tezuka Laboratory and PLAY! PARK staff.
The Balloon Monster was the idea of Jogakkai, a student organization at Tokyo City University. It was created by the Takaharu Tezuka Laboratory and PLAY! PARK staff.
The alphabet font developed by Atsuki Kikuchi is not only the logo but also is used for PLAY! publicity.
The alphabet font developed by Atsuki Kikuchi is not only the logo but also is used for PLAY! publicity.

Japanese original text: Emi Sato
Photo: Shino Chikura

PLAY!

Address: GREEN SPRINGS W3, 3-1 Midori-cho, Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo
Tel: MUSEUM 042-518-9625/PARK 042-518-9627
Open hours: MUSEUM—10:00am-6:00pm (last entry 5:30pm)/PARK—10:00am-6:00pm (last entry 5:00pm) Closed daily between 12:30-1:00pm and 3:00-3:30pm for disinfection in the building.
Open year-round.
Admission: MUSEUM—General ¥1,500, elementary and junior high school students ¥500, etc. / PARK—Adults: ¥1,000, Children (ages 3-12) ¥1,500, etc.
※There are also reciprocal MUSEUM and PARK discounts
https://play2020.jp/en/