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WASEDA University Newsletter from WOL No.11 (2012-07-27)

Opinion Weekly Opinion

A Survey Revisiting the Anonymous Houses
from Wajiro Kon's Nihon no Minka

Norihito Nakatani
Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering (School of Creative Science and Engineering), Waseda University; Rekiseikai

Ninety years ago in 1922, Wajiro Kon (1888-1973), who had just been appointed professor in the Department of Architecture at Waseda University, published the book Nihon no Minka: Denen Seikatsusha no Juuka ("Japanese Minka: The Houses of People Living in the Countryside"). The book documents and discusses the state of houses throughout Japan that have been disappearing since then. Recently, there have been retrospectives on Wajiro Kon (one is currently being held at the National Museum of Ethnology until June 19), and his approach of looking closely at the reality of life and the vivid sketches he produced have attracted people's attention.



Completing a comprehensive agreement with Swiss business school IMD
Training business executives to be active in international society

In February, Waseda University concluded a comprehensive agreement with IMD (International Institute of Management and Development) (President Dominique Turpin), one of the world's leading business schools based in Switzerland, in order to raise our level of education and research even more from a global perspective through mutual academic exchanges in education and research fields. It is thought that, through this agreement, we can expect Waseda University to jointly develop and implement a diverse range of educational programs with IMD, and also contribute in expanding international education programs.


Education Study Abroad - From the world to WASEDA -

From Tanzania to WASEDA

Mr. David Donald Mrema
2nd year student in the Master's Program, Graduate School of Global Information and Telecommunication Studies

I am from a region named Moshi, located on the lower slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Tanzania is a tropical country located in east Africa. The official languages are Swahili and English. Tanzania is rich with natural resources and numerous species of wild animals live in national parks and wildlife preserves.


Reviews Music

The sound within kabuki: Hanayagi of Edo townsfolk

Jun-ichi Konuma
Professor, Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Waseda University

No one uses the word hanayagi (gaiety). Of course, Japanese people are not unfamiliar with the word, but it is outside of the vocabulary that we use in everyday conversation and writing. However, hanayagi just happens to come to mind.

When entering the temporary gate, the people who gather in groups of twos and threes seem to exude a sensation of hanayagi, even if that feeling is somewhat artificially made.


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