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Early Spring Issue (Apr.)


Touching Historical Culture

Holding exhibitions from archaeological specimens to modern theatre

—Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum—
History of Period Film Exhibition —From the Theatre Museum Collection—

Curtain of Raizo Ichikawa's dressing room

Until this day, many period films have come out of Kyoto. To celebrate the centennial year of the Nijo Castle Studio, the city's first studio, a period film history exhibition was held from November 27 to February 5.

Former collections of Hiroshi Inagaki and Utaemon Ichikawa, Kazuo Hasegawa and Masahiro Shinoda, cinema folk who left a great mark in period film history, are housed at the Theatre Museum and, centered around these valuable works, the museum's collection was introduced in this exhibition.

Dai-san Erochika Generation 1980-2010 Disbandment Commemorative Exhibition

"Dai-san Erochika Generation" Exhibition

Gekidan Dai-san Erochika (Theatre Troupe 3rd Erotica) was formed by mainly members of Meiji University's Theatre Research Group and led by Takeshi Kawamura, was established in 1980. They brilliantly painted a vivid picture of their generation, produced many individualistic actors and received high appraisal from both home and abroad. While being indispensable to the Japanese theatre scene, the troupe officially disbanded after their 30th season. To commemorate the disbandment, for roughly half a year from September 13 to February 5, the 30 years of Dai-san Erochika was recalled with an exhibition of stage photos and props and related events.

—Aizu Museum—
Anazawa Collection Oriental Archaeological Specimen Exhibition

Beast shape Belt hook(Warring States period~Han Dynasty)

Fukushima resident and archaeologist Wako Anazawa gifted his collection of Oriental archaeological specimens to the museum and was displayed in an exhibition running from December 6 to January 19.

Among the bronze ware which made up the bulk of the collection were weapons and horse gear such as swords, dagger-axes, and belt hooks, and the display was centered around bronze ware from the Donson culture in Vietnam and ancient East Asian bronze ware. The exhibition attracted many visitors.