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Possessing a collection of several hundred thousand pieces that embody the "history of theatre"

The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum celebrates its 80th anniversary

A commemorative item is given to Professor Emeritus Toshio Kawatake, son of the deceased Dr. Kawatake (President Shirai shown on left)

On October 26th, an event was held to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum. The museum was originally established to celebrate the 70th birthday of Dr. Shoyo Tsubouchi, as well as the 40 volumes of translation that he completed for "The Complete Works of Shakespeare".

At the event, the title of Honorary Museum Director was given to Shigetoshi Kawatake (deceased), who served as the second Museum Director in his lifetime. The event reflected upon the history of the museum, which is unique throughout the world due to its specialty in theatre and its collection of several hundred thousand pieces of theater material. Voice was also given to expectations for further activities by the museum. 5 members of national cultural agencies were invited to the symposium which followed the event, and the future direction of the Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum was examined through a perspective of support for the cultural policies of Japan and social contribution.