The Saturn Theater


The Saturn Theater

The Saturn Theater is a small theater in the basement of the Museum with only about 80 seats. There you can watch an original short animated film from Studio Ghibli, which can only be seen in the Museum's theater. A blue sky and lots of colorful flowers are drawn on the ceiling and walls. When the film ends, the windows open and the sunshine comes in. You can sit on a little red bench or the back of a seat to see the big screen without being blocked.

Screening Schedule

January 3 - 31, 2020 (tentative) A Sumo Wrestler's Tail (12 min 55 sec)
February 1 - 29, 2020 (tentative) Treasure Hunting (9 min)
*Admission to the Saturn Theater is limited to one screening per visit.

Current Film


Once upon a time, deep in the mountains, there lived an old couple who worked day after day in exhaustion, toiling up and down the mountain field. One night, the old man stepped outside and noticed a group of mice headed somewhere. He quietly follows them to find mice gathered for a sumo tournament. When the old man and his wife learn that their home mice are always losing, they start preparing a special feast of saury fish dumplings and grilled tofu with miso sauce. They even make new red sumo uniforms for their mice team. What will happen in the next sumo games?

This story is based on a Japanese folk tale "The Mice's Sumo Tournament".