WASEDA ONLINE

RSS

The Japan News by The Yomiuri Shimbun

Home > Campus Now > SPECIAL REPORT : Midsummer Issue (Jul.)

Campus Now

Midsummer Issue (Jul.)

SPECIAL REPORT

Waseda & Culture Creation & Transmission

A major mission of Waseda University is to effectively utilize our cultural resources in education and research, while also broadly displaying such resources to society. This article discusses the meaning of creating "Waseda Culture" and transmitting this culture to the world, as well as new projects being undertaken to achieve this goal.

Part.3

Ms. Motoyo Yamane: A One-Day Exploration of Campus Museums

Leading a New Form of Cultural Transmission

Waseda University is currently forming partnerships with cultural figures from various fields, with students, and with regional society, and is working to create a new form of cultural transmission. One project being undertaken to fulfill this goal is the Photojournalism Festival which will be held this autumn. This article discusses an overview of the festival and its goals.

A Photojournalism Festival to Foster the Next Generation

The festival will also feature an exhibition of photographs related to the photojournalism of DAYS JAPAN. The photograph shown here, "Post-Election Violence in Kenya", received the 1st Place prize in the 5th DAYS Award. (Photographer: Mr. Walter Astrada (AFP))

In autumn of this year, a Photojournalism Festival will be held through cooperation between Waseda University and DAYS JAPAN. The goal of the festival is to encourage participants to consider the current status and future of journalism while experiencing the onsite work of a journalist. The festival also aims to foster journalists that will take responsibility for the next generation. Furthermore, the festival will also feature an introduction of activities at Waseda University, a school with a long history of journalism and the only educational institution in Japan that possesses a graduate school of journalism.

An important role of the Cultural Affairs Division is to conduct integrated transmission of information for journalism activities that until now have been performed by separate faculties and locations of the university. The center must also assemble the strength of this information. We intend to create a channel by holding the coming festival, and are considering the continual holding of various types of composite events in the future. The coming Photojournalism Festival asks questions such as "What is happening in the world?" and "What information should be conveyed to people?" The festival also possess great meaning as a cultural project of Waseda University, an institution charged with the important mission of transmitting culture throughout the world.

Photojournalism Festival
INFORMATION

Festival Period
Core Period: November 22nd to December 5th, 2009 (Overall Period: October 2009 to February 2010)

A variety of events will be held every day during the core period. Events such as "Living on the Earth from 2004 to 2009-5 Years of the DAYS Award" and "Ryuichi Hirokawa: 40 Years on the Human Battlefield-Nuclear Weapons and the Middle East Issue" will be held at various locations within the university. A large number of other events are planned including a large-scale slide show, a collaboration of music and journalism, film showings, lectures and symposiums, workshops, and activity reports. Details will be announced in the future through posters, leaflets, and on the Waseda Culture website.

Contact for Inquiries
TEL 03-5272-4783 (Cultural Planning Section of the Cultural Affairs Division)

A discussion with Mr. Ryuichi Hirokawa, Chief Editor at DAYS JAPAN

Desire to convey the realities of the world, even to the point of risking one's own life

I am very happy that we will be able to act as a cosponsor for the coming Photojournalism Festival at Waseda University. At the festival, we will hold a slideshow on a large screen at Okuma Memorial Hall. This kind of slideshow is also the main event of France's "International Photojournalism Festival of Perpignan", which is the world's largest photojournalism festival. A variety of other programs have been prepared for the festival, such as a concert through the collaboration of journalism and music. At exhibitions, visitors will be able to communicate with works that catch their interest as much as time allows. I hope that these exhibitions will create an opportunity for visitors to become familiar with what is occurring in the world that they live in, and for visitors to consider what they are capable of doing to affect the world around them. Through a variety of methods, I hope that the festival will convey the realities of the world and will inquire into the crisis of journalism. This festival will be the largest of its kind in Japan. This scale is a result of the depth of Waseda University, and of the universities unyielding and strong commitment to the field of journalism.

Mr. Ryuichi Hirokawa responds to the questions of students during his lecture entitled "War and Photojournalism". The lecture was held on June 11th and was sponsored by the Imagery & Media Theory Department of the School of Culture, Media and Society. Photograph by Assistant Professor Futoshi Sakauchi (Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences).

Through the festival, I would like to convey the realities of the world that photojournalism seeks to convey, even at the risk of the journalist's life. DAYS JAPAN conducts the "DAYS International Photojournalism Award" in order to contribute to the growth of photojournalism. This award focuses on works that indicate a threat to the dignity of human beings and nature, and on works that reaffirm the dignity of human beings and nature. This is our focus because we believe that photojournalism entails a sense of understanding and responsibility towards the subject of reporting, and that a photojournalist should constantly stand on the side of the victim while photographing and making presentations. However, this kind of journalist identity is currently becoming diluted and truly important matters are not being conveyed. A situation exists where Japanese citizens do not even know the direction in which our country is heading.

In addition to people who wish to become photojournalists, I hope that many different people will visit our festival, including people who wish to become familiar with the events of the world and people who wish to work on a global stage.

Mr. Ryuichi Hirokawa

Traveled to Israel after graduating from the Waseda University School of Education in 1967. After returning to Japan, he continued to report with a focus on the Middle East issue and nuclear issues. In 1982, he was awarded the Grand Prize by the International Organization of Journalists for his record of the Lebanon War and the massacre at Palestinian camps. He has received a number of awards such as the "2nd Waseda Journalism Award in Memory of Ishibashi Tanzan" in 2002 for his work "Palestine: New Edition" (Iwanami Shoten) and the Domon Ken Award in 2003. In 2004, he founded the monthly photojournalism magazine DAYS JAPAN.

Towards a "Waseda Culture" that is Open to Society

In order to achieve the broad transmission of Waseda culture, our university is working to strengthen relationships with the community and with cultural figures in various fields. What is necessary for the creation and transmission of Waseda culture? Our university received the following messages from 3 cultural figures.

The creation of Waseda culture will create connections with the culture of Japan and Asia

Mr. Tamotsu Aoki
Cultural Anthropologist, Director of Agency for Cultural Affairs

Japanese universities must possess a higher level of recognition regarding the fact that universities are a type of cultural center for society. Waseda University has produced a large number of professionals who support modern Japanese culture. Therefore, as a cultural center, it is necessary for the university to show that "process of creating culture" to society in a more widely opened format.
To achieve this goal, it would be best for the university to possess a multifunctional theater that can support a wide variety of performances such as music, film and theater. Currently, cultural activities are being conducted at many locations within Waseda University. However, the strength of these activities is scattered and it is somewhat difficult to understand these activities from outside of the university. The university will be able to exert a significant effect on all of society by creating a cultural space that acts as a center for the transmission of culture.

Let's consider an example using Oxford University and Cambridge University. These universities form the fundamentals of English culture in a wide range of areas, from language to fashion. Harvard University and Yale University are also expanding their own unique cultural world. In the same way, I believe that Waseda University possesses more cultural characteristics that can be used to expand a unique brand of Waseda culture throughout the world. In order to ensure the future growth of the university, it is necessary to create a culture known as "Waseda" in addition to performing cultural research. This Waseda culture is the culture of Japan, the culture of Asia, and will even be recognized as a culture of global society. From the bottom of my heart, I truly hope that Waseda will make a strong effort for the realization of this concept.

Mr. Tamotsu Aoki
Cultural Anthropologist, Director of the Agency for Cultural Affairs

Born in Tokyo in 1938. Completed graduate school at the University of Tokyo. Acquired his Doctoral Degree at Osaka University. Served as a Professor at the University of Tokyo and Osaka University. Also served as Professor at the Waseda University Organization for Asian Studies. Between these positions, he also served as Visiting Researcher at Harvard University in America, as Visiting Professor at the School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences in France, and as Visiting Professor at the University of Konstanz in Germany. Since 1965, he has conducted fieldwork research in Asia. Chairman of The Folklore Society of Japan (currently the Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology) from 1994 to 1996. Now serves as an Honorary Member of the society. Served as Director of the Agency for Cultural Affairs from April 2007 to July 2009. Has received awards such as the Suntory Academic Award, the Yoshino Sakuzo Award, and the Medal with Purple Ribbon.

Know Japan, know the world, and move towards internationalization

Mr. Takashi Atoda
Author, Chairman of the Japan P.E.N. Club

I hope that intellectual leaders will recognize the greatness and uniqueness of Japanese culture. I hope that such leaders will have a broad knowledge of Japanese culture and will be able to hold in-depth discussions regarding one or two cultural fields, for example, the meaning of kabuki and Japan's past policy of national seclusion. The 21st century is the era of internationalization. Internationalization can only be described as the process of first knowing your own country, then knowing other countries, and then finally combining this knowledge. I deeply hope that the years spent on university campus will enable students to develop this sense of direction.

I serve as a representative of the Japan P.E.N. Club, an organization which will hold an International PEN Congress in Tokyo next autumn. This will be the first such event in four and a half centuries. The theme of the festival is "Environment and Literature, What to Write?" We have secured the cooperation of Waseda University for the event and are planning participation from a variety of internal and external literary figures on the Waseda campus. We are looking forward to the assistance and participation of students. I hope that students can become broadly familiar with this kind of international gathering.

Mr. Takashi Atoda
Author, Chairman of the Japan P.E.N. Club

Graduated from the Waseda University School of Letters, Arts, and Sciences I in 1960. Continued his writing activities while working at the National Diet Library. Made his debut in 1978 with the work "Love from the Refrigerator" (Kodansha Ltd.). In 1979, won the Mystery Writers of Japan Award in 1979 for his collection of short stories entitled "The Visitor" and the Naoki Award for short stories entitled "Napoleon Crazy". In 1995, received the Yoshikawa Eiji Literary Award for "The New Tales of Troy" (published by Kodansha Ltd.). Has also written a number of other books including "To Enjoy Shakespeare" (Shinchosha) and "Tales of Plutarch" (Ushio Publishing). Member of the Advisory Committee to the Waseda University Cultural Affairs Division.

Establish a place that conveys the spirit of Shoyo Tsubouchi by creating and developing theater

Mr. Mansaku Nomura
Instructor of Kyogen (Japanese short comedic dramas)

The "Honjo and Waseda Noh Festival" was held in November of 2008 in Honjo City through cooperation with Waseda University. At the festival, I joined with my son Mansai to perform the role of father and son in Futari-Bagama (Two-Person Skirt). Also, in May of 2009, I had the opportunity to conduct a performance of Kyogen at the University of Beijing in China. During both performances, I was thrilled that the audience displayed so much interest when watching a performance of Kyogen. I am very grateful to Waseda University, Honjo City and the University of Beijing for the deep exchange which gave me the opportunity to introduce Kyogen.

Both Japan and China are East Asian countries possess similarities in traditional theater. Through my performance in Beijing, I personally felt the need to transmit the traditional art of Kyogen even more to the world. Kyogen is an art which uses laughter to convey themes created by the Japanese, such as love between married couples, awe towards the gods, and the ideal form of relationships between people.

Waseda possesses a Theater Museum and an academic major in theater. However, these are places for people involved in academics. The reality is that actual theater is found only in the circle activities of students. I believe that it would be good for the university to establish a "Creative Theater Department" for the creation and development of new forms of theater. This department would utilize the knowledge of individuals who studied at Waseda and now perform in a variety of fields, as well as the accumulation of academics and the vast store of cultural resources possessed by the university.

The establishment of such a department is still just a dream. However, under the ideal of "having a global perspective", I hope that Waseda will convey the spirit of Theater Museum founder Shoyo Tsubouchi and will take more concrete measures for the transmission of culture.

Mr. Mansaku Nomura
Instructor of Kyogen (Japanese short comedic dramas)

Graduated from the Waseda University School of Letters, Arts, and Sciences in 1953. Designated as an Important Intangible Cultural Asset (Living National Treasure). Learned from his grandfather Mr. Mansai Nomura I and his father Mr. Manzo Nomura VI. Director of the Mansaku-no-Kai Kyogen Company. Received the Art Festival Award for his acting in "Trapping of the Fox", a traditional Kyogen performance. He has also received many other awards such as the Medal with Purple Ribbon and the Tsubouchi Shoyo Award. In 2002, he received the Waseda University Award for Distinguished Services to the Arts. He has contributed to the spread of Kyogen both inside and outside of Japan, and serves as a Visiting Professor at the University of Hawaii and the University of Washington. Frequently attempts new works as well as performances of classics. His representative works include "The Clown Possessed by the Moon" and "Requiem on the Great Meridian". His written works include "Living as Taro Kaja" (Hakusuisha Publishing) and "Kyogen of the Individual-Volumes of Mansaku Nomura" (Iwanami Shoten).

EVENTS & SPECIAL EXHIBITION INFORMATION

Events and special exhibitions that will be held this summer and autumn are introduced below. The gate to Waseda culture is open to everyone. Please come and enjoy the following events.

Okuma Memorial Hall

"Emotion Environment"-Sensitivity towards the global environment aroused by theater and international exchange-

Date & Time: November 4th (Wed.); 1:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Ms. Taeko Nagai and Mr. Hisashi Inoue will be welcomed as guests and global environmental issues will be considered through theater.

"Concert of Life"-A Collaboration between Journalism and Music

Date & Time: November 23rd (Holiday); 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
A lecture will be given by Mr. Wahei Tatematsu and Mr. Ryuichi Hirokawa. The dignity of life will be celebrated through song by Chernobyl victim and singer Ms. Nataliya Gudziy, Ainu singer Ms. Mina Sakai, and songwriter Mr. Takuji Aoyagi.

Ono Memorial Auditorium

Student Theatrical Performance

Date & Time: October 3rd (Sat.), October 31st (Sat.) (scheduled); shows beginning at 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM
Student performances will be given by the theater group "Mori", which has performed outdoor theater for citizens at the Minokamo Forest of Culture, and by the theater group "Obonro", which depicts dreams in a fictitious world.

Contact: Waseda University Cultural Event Section TEL: 03-5272-4783

International Workshop "Japonism and Orientalism in Film"

Date & Time: November 9th (Mon.) and 10th (Tues.) (provisional schedule)
Research presentation and debate conducted by researchers affiliated with the Tsubouchi Memorial Theater Museum and by instructors invited from overseas.

Contact: Tsubouchi Memorial Theater Museum Global COE TEL: 03-5286-8110

Tsubouchi Memorial Theater Museum

Modern Theater Series No. 34: Mr. Shogo Ota (provisional)

Date & Time: September 20th (Sun.), 2009 to February 5th (Fri.), 2010
This event will reflect upon the theatrical world of playwright and director Mr. Shogo Ota through photographs of performances and personally written drafts.

Fenollosa Academic Society of Japan's 30th Annual Memorial Conference: "Rondo (classical Japanese music) in the performance of Taka-no-Ido "The Well of the Hawk"-Fenollosa and Noh" (provisional)

Date & Time: September 25th (Fri.) to October 16th (Friday)
Taka-no-Ido is a creative Noh performance born from a rough draft discovered after the death of Fenollosa. This year, in order to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the first showing of the performance, a special exhibition will be held regarding Fenollosa and Noh.

120th Anniversary Conference of the New School-Exhibition retracing the history and prominent actors of the New School of theater through the museum's collection- (provisional)

Date & Time: October 1st (Thur.) to November 15th (Sun.)
In order to commemorate the next step of the New School as it enters its 121st year, this event retraces the history of New School theater.

Contact: Tsubouchi Memorial Theater Museum TEL: 03-5286-1829

Aizu Museum

Samurai Aesthetics-The Collection of Mr. Muneyuki Myochin, a Maker of Samurai Armor-

Date & Time: September 24th (Thurs.) to October 18th (Sun.)
Overview: This exhibition introduces the works of Mr. Sokyo Myochin, a maker of samurai armor. The exhibition is based upon Japanese armor that was donated to the museum by Mr. Myochin in 2007.

Contact: Aizu Museum TEL: 03-5286-3835

Waseda University Archives

Special Autumn Exhibition Mr. Shinji Nishimura and Waseda Historical Studies

Date & Time: September 28th (Mon.) to November 8th (Sun.)
Venue: Okuma Memorial Tower, 10th Floor, 125th Anniversary Room Overview: An exhibit on the accomplishments of Mr. Shinji Nishimura, a pioneer in cultural anthropology and founder of the base of the Waseda University History Department.

Contact: Waseda University Archives TEL: 03-5286-1814