Remark by Shinichi Suzuki, Director emeritus
Tokyo Polytechnic University Suginami Animation Museum
April 1, 2021
Anime has been acknowledged globally as the audio-visual culture disseminated from Japan thanks to the efforts by our forerunners. They worked hard in order to produce a lot of good animation works despite living in poverty and established a history of today’s animation. We should never forget their efforts. And I am pleased to assume the position of the Honorary Director to thank and repay the animation industry I have been involved in for a long time.
I love animation from the depth of my heart, and I did enjoy serving the museum as the Director. I challenged a variety of tasks to realize what I wanted to do in accordance with my belief: we can do anything if we take the plunge. Planning exhibitions, talk shows and workshop; selecting appropriate anime artists; providing necessary facilities, equipment and software for people who want to make animation; collecting animation works for the library; collaborating with audio-visual facilities; and launching SAM website and newspaper… I had a lot to do and worked together with parties involved in the animation industry, including animators, audio-visual industries, Suginami ward, Association of Japanese Animations and Japan Animation Associate, to make the museum success.
From now on, I would like to work together with Mr. Yoshida, the new Director to bring further excitement to the museum. It’s my pleasure if all the visitors enjoy the fun of animation.