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New Year Issue (Jan.)

Waseda rediscovery


Cover & Top Photo: Yoichi Sato (Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences)

cover story

An auditorium incorporating the heavens

This luminous ceiling guides daylight into Okuma Memorial Auditorium from the rooftop light of the auditorium.

The glass ceiling is an ellipse modeled after the solar system. A sun is located in the center, with a crescent moon to the west of the decorative cross.

On the periphery are nine scattered starts which represent Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. These stars represent the fusion of the worlds inside and outside of the auditorium.

When looking up at audience seating from the stage, one feels as if they were speaking under a clear, starry sky combined with the downlights positioned around the luminous ceiling.

The auditorium has hosted a galaxy of glittering stars from overseas, including honored guests such as Helen Keller, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sukarno, Robert Kennedy, Herbert von Karajan, Coraz坦n Aquino and Bill Clinton. The many students who heard the messages of such distinguished guests have now graduated and assumed their roles in the world, only to be succeeded by countless younger students.