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Comparative Theatre Studies between Japan and Europe
Comparative Theatre Studies between Japan and Asia
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Research on modernization of Japanese theatre
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> Director
Hirokazu AKIBA

> Research Organization
Researcher Affiliation
Hirokazu AKIBA Professor, Waseda University; Vice-Director of the
Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum
Mikio TAKEMOTO Professor, Waseda University; Director of the
Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum
Masako YAGI Lecturer, Waseda University
Hiroki YAMAMOTO Staff, the Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum
Ken HAGIWARA Research Associate, The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum

> Studies for This Year
What is the role of theatre museum today? How can the theatre museum function as a crossroad of theatre research? In a short and long range the theatre museum should find new needs, be open more effectively to the public, and construct interactive relationships with researchers, other institutes and the theatre industry on various levels.
Because of the increasing diversity of performing arts, the change of research methodology, innovation of technology and the specificity of the field, there are many difficulties in developing the activities of the theatre museum more dynamically. But these difficulties can become also possibilities.
In this context, this project refers to the activities of theatre museums (and their libraries) in Japan and abroad and tries to build a network , and studies the role of theatre museums today.

> Research Plans for This Year
We define theatre museums as institutions (library, museum or resource centre) and organizations concerned with documentations of performing arts. This year we have two projects: studies on theatre museums in 1) Japan and 2) abroad.
1) We study institutions, organizations or individuals concerned with the documentations of performing arts in Japan i.e. their actual and future problems (materials, digitalization etc.). A workshop with them would be possible, and it could be also useful to exchange materials with library/museum that do not concern with theatre.
2) We study theatre museums abroad and establish contacts with them. It is also important to inform theatre museums in the world about activities of our Theatre Museum (En-Paku) . Last year our museum joined SIBMAS (International Association of Libraries and Museums of the Performing Arts), and this year we participate and hold a presentation in the SIBMAS-Congresses 2006 (Vienna, 28th August - 1st September). This is a first step in the construction of an international network.

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Project: Comparative Theatre Studies between Japan, Asia, and Europe,
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