2018年12月22日

Tokyo University, which is Japan's first university in the strict sense of the word, was born by the merger of two schools, Tokyo Kaisei College and Tokyo Medical College.

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The old building in the first picture is found in Kanda-nishikicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. This building is 'Gakushi-kaikan', which is a cross-sectional alumni hall for Tokyo university and six other leading national universities in Japan. This multipurpose facility, containing accommodations, restaurants and a wedding hall, was built in 1928. Right after the Second World War, this was used as the officer's mess of occupation forces. This site is also known as the birthplace of baseball in Japan. Tokyo Kaisei College, which was one of the predecessors of present Tokyo University, stood in this site. An American teacher for this college told the students the rules of baseball in his spare time in 1877.

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posted by masahisa at 12:56 | Tokyo | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2018年12月15日

'Showa-kan' , National Showa Memorial Museum, in Kudan , Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, is a unique museum focusing on the Japanese people's life before, during and after the Second World War.

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This museum was opened in 1999. Japan adopts Christian era and Japanese era. The latter is based on the specific emperor, so each Japanese era name matches the reign of each emperor. 'Showa' is one of Japanese era names, when the Emperor Showa, Hirohito, was enthroned from 1926 to 1989. Showa was the longest Japanese era with turmoil. The annexation of nearby countries before the war, fierce battle against the US, the declaration of defeat caused by the A-bomb, chaos right after the war, and the miraculous economic growth in the post war. Japan became the world's second largest economy in 1968, thereafter gave that place to China in 2010 though. This museum put the goods, books, films and other items associated with Showa era particularly focusing on the Second World War.

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Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 11:54 | Tokyo | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2018年11月20日

The Sumida Hokusai Museum stands at the place where a famous 'ukiyo-e' artist 'Katsushika Hokusai' was born.

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Known for the masterpieces such as 'Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji' and 'Hokusai Sketch', a great ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai was born in present Kamezawa, Sumida-ku, Tokyo in 1830. This eccentric giant, who is said to move 90 times till he died at 90 years old, spent his entire life making ukiyo-e mostly in Sumida-ku, Tokyo. His art style obviously changed according to his age, so that the masterpieces in each stage of his life seem to be worked out by different artists. His later years' masterpieces, in particular, heavily impacted on European painters like Van Gogh and Cezanne, and triggered Impressionism in Paris. The Sumida Hokusai Museum was built in the vicinity of the birthplace of Katsushika Hokusai in 2010. The unique exterior of this building, as shown in the first picture, is designed by one of the leading woman architects in Japan 'Kazuyo Sejima'. The second picture shows a life-size model of his studio reconstructing the circumstances existing at the time. This state of things is from the sketch, depicting him with his daughter, by his apprentice.

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Masahisa Takaki.

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