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Early Spring Issue (Apr. 2014)


Together with undisclosed works, replicating a timeless world view

Exhibition on unknown Shuji Terayama

Exhibiting a large number of precious and formerly undisclosed works

Shuji Terayama was a beloved figure whose popularity soared throughout postwar Japan. It has been 30 years since Terayama passed away at the young age of 47. Terayama was an alumnus of Waseda University and donated a huge amount of related material to the Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum. The museum held a commemorate exhibition from November 26, 2013 to January 25, 2014. The exhibition focused on the unique world view found in the wording of How Many Miles to my Grave, Terayama’s final work in which he stated “I wish that my words could be my grave.” From Terayama’s youth to his involvement in the Laboratory of Play Tenjo Sajiki Theatre, the exhibition examines Terayama’s work of early days, when he formed the foundation for his work. In particular, the exhibition seeks to introduce unknown aspects of Terayama, featuring his diverse range in expression which included haiku and tanka poems written in his youth, notes written at Waseda University where he spent most of his school life fighting illness, and handwritten manuscripts for radio programs, television programs and films, and other undisclosed precious material donated by Terayama. Visitors lost track with time and gazed at the display with wonder.