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Spring Verdure Issue (May)


Exhibitions held throughout campus

From films to landscape paintings, a variety of exhibitions

Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum
Mukojima Movie Studio and the age of Shinpa (new-school) films

Scene from the Mukojima Movie Studio Exhibition

2012 was the 100 anniversary of the founding of the Nikkatsu Corporation, which possesses one of the most outstanding histories of any movie studio throughout the world. To mark this milestone, the Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum held an exhibition entitled "Mukojima Movie Studio and the age of Shinpa (new-school films)" from December 3rd to March 25th. The exhibition focused on Mukojima Movie Studio, which was constructed by Nikkatsu Corporation on the banks of the Sumida River.

The exhibition reflects on the history and appeal of Mukojima Movie Studio which created the unique form of film expression known as Shinpa film. This genre was heavily influenced by various trends in modern Japanese theatre including Shinpa theatre, kabuki and Western-style drama. In a related event, a screening of the silent film Ukiyo (produced in 1916) was accompanied by piano played by Ms. Mie Yanashita and proceeded by an explanation by Professor Hiroshi Komatsu (Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences). Visitors listened attentively to both the musical performance and explanation.

Aizu Museum
Landscape paintings from the Yamauchi collection

Visitors carefully view the paintings

The Yamauchi Collection is a group of works that was donated to our museum in 2008 by Waseda alumnus Mr. Shunsuke Yamauchi (currently President and Chairperson of Takara Petroleum and Chemical Co., Ltd.). The collection is mainly composed of paintings from the early modern to modern period, but also contains Chinese and Japanese pottery.

From March 1st to April 7th, 21 landscape paintings were displayed including works by Gyokusen Mochizuki and Hiroshige Utagawa II from the later Edo Period, Bunrin Shiokawa, a painter who was active during the last days of the shogunate in the Meiji Period, Kogyo Terasaki and Hobun Kikuchi from the Meiji Period to the Showa Period, and Insho Domoto and Kazuho Hieda as modern painters. From the scenes of spring seen in Spring Colors in the Mountain by Terasaki to the harsh winter depicted in Hieda's Flying Snow, visitors enjoyed leisure viewing vividly colored scenes of the four seasons and the portrayal of mountains, trees, rivers and seas.

Waseda University Library
Commemorative exhibition for donated collection related to Jirohachi Satsuma
Baron Satsuma Has Arrived!

Display of personal possessions, handwritten drafts and photographs

Jirohachi Satsuma (1901-1976) was born into a wealthy merchant family in Surugadai, Tokyo. He traveled to Europe early in his life and used Paris as a base for being resplendently active in French social circles before WWII. He used his vast personal fortune to support the many cultural figures active in Paris, as well as Japanese individuals who traveled to Europe to meet him. It is not an overstatement to call him the founder of the Maison du Japon (Japan House), which is still active even today. The nickname "Baron Satsuma" reflected his daring and legendary way of life. In recent years, numerous critically-acclaimed biographies have been published and the life of Jirohachi is once again attracting attention. A short while ago, his wife Toshiko Satsuma donated a collection of material related to Jirohachi to the Waseda University Library. The collection includes cherished personal possessions, handwritten drafts and photographs.

The exhibition will be held until May 24th at the Center for Scholarly Information. Don't miss this chance to reflect on the stimulating life of Jirohachi Satsuma, otherwise known as Baron Satsuma, a man who served as a bridge between Japan and Europe.