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Spring Verdure Issue (May)


Event to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Waseda University Alumni Association

100 Years in Antarctica-A historical feat supported by Shigenobu Okuma

Reflecting on the voyage through images and models

The exhibition "100 Years in Antarctica" was held in Okuma Memorial Tower from March 25th to May 21st. Approximately 100 years ago, the Japanese Antarctic Expedition departed from Tokyo's Shibaura harbor in Kainan-Maru, an Antarctic exploratory ship weighing only 204 tons. The expedition consisted of leader Nobu Shirase and 26 crewmembers. Although the expedition was blocked by thick Antarctic ice and suffered numerous setbacks, it succeeded in hoisting the Rising Sun Flag in Antarctica on January 28th, 1912. The expedition gave the name Yamato Yukihara (Yamato Snow Field) to their landing point in Antarctica. Behind this momentous achievement was enthusiastic support from Shigenobu Okuma, the founder of Waseda University, and from Waseda students.

In addition to reflecting on the achievements of Shirase and Okuma, the exhibition introduced present-day Antarctica through the works of Koichi Fujiwara, an environmental photojournalist. Although the exhibition period was changed to the Great East Japan Earthquake, many people visited the exhibition from the opening day.