|Chikusei Mimura's Diary Workshop
|This workshop was launched in 1990 to reproduce the "Fushusoudou
Koyomi" dairy (1910's-1940's) of Chikusei Mimura and study the multifaceted works
written by the author, and bring his literary achievements to the world.
|Musical Score Workshop
||The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum houses some 6,000 original
musical scores (Edo-Nagauta, Tokiwazu, Tomimoto, Kiyomoto, etc.) including the
"Koita Nagauta Collection" of Yasuda Library. The project will examine bibliographical
issues, performance dates and problems that affected performers of these works
in reference to the Edo Period.
|Workshop in Theatrical Paintings and Prints
||This workshop historically investigates and digitizes the some
46,000 theatrical ukiyoe that depict the lifestyles of kabuki performers and stage
settings. These works are part of the vast Shoyo Tsubouchi collection of The Tsubouchi
Memorial Theatre Museum. The objective is to create a database for public access.
|Minoru Umewaka I's Diary Workshop
||Minoru Umewaka I was a famous modern Noh performer who left
behind a 60-year-long diary of his everyday experiences. Since Umewaka survived
the near disappearance of Noh theatre following the collapse of Japanese feudalism
and acted as a key figure in bringing this traditional art back to Tokyo, his
diary is a fundamental source for tracing the little researched history of modern
Noh. It is also excellent material for studying the problems surrounding the Kanze
and Umewaka schools of Noh that surfaced in these times. The diary is also very
useful for researching the customs that drastically changed in the shift from
feudalism to the Meiji Period. By reproducing this material, the workshop aims
to contribute to the study of modern Noh and the performing arts of Tokyo.
|Oriental Theatre Studies
||This project collects, researches and prepares for public access
materials on oriental theatre based on the collections of The Tsubouchi Memorial
Theatre Museum. By collecting materials on Asian performing arts from the perspective
of developing timely and reliable activities as a research institute and promoting
theatrical studies, the project aims to create an activity base that can contribute
to future Asian studies.
|Introduction to Japanese Theatre
||There are many people overseas who would love to see both performances
and exhibitions of Japanese theatre. Yet, scholars in this field are little active
outside Japan. Moreover, there are times when Japanese studying abroad are asked
to introduce their country and culture, which creates a disparity between "what
one wants to know" and "what one wants to show". This project has students think
about exhibitions that can eliminate this discrepancy by examining what should
be taught about Japan when overseas and what Japanese are unconscious of.
|Gidayu-Bushi Text Workshop
||This workshop aims to provide performing artists and researchers
of performing arts, literature and Japanese language with sources of information
on the jyoruri puppetry of Gidayu-Bushi by simplifying written texts that have
not yet been reproduced. In particular, the goal is to create an easy-reading
environment by simplifying works that were little read because of their literary
complexities or unavailability.
|Theatrical Archives Preservation Project
||This museum has vast volumes of theatrical materials of varying
format and condition. They require diverse techniques of preservation and are
still often used for actual performances. They need to be preserved in a way that
utilizes their characteristics. In this project, students will learn about handling
and preservation techniques as they organically link preservation with viewing
and display via imaging techniques, etc.
|Imperial Theatre Restoration Workshop
||The Imperial Theatre opened in March 1911 was Japan's first
western-style theatre. It has played an important role in the annals of modern
theatre in Japan. This workshop will construct an exact historical model of the
Imperial Theatre based on architectural designs housed in The Tsubouchi Memorial
Theatre Museum and aims to promote interdisciplinary research into the theatre
and surrounding culture from the perspectives of architectural history, art history
and theatrical history.
||Works and materials for studying Noh-Hayashi were donated to
The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum from a collection owned by Kyuen Kawasaki
of the Otsuzumikano School of Noh. Kawasaki (1874 to 1961) was instrumental in
promoting modern Hayashi not only by performing on stage but also through his
theories and fostering activities of this branch of Noh. These materials will
be the basis for identifying how Noh-Hayashi transformed up to today, through
research that includes the cooperation of Noh performers, who have actually performed
the works on stage, and Noh scholars.
|Mansaku Nomura DVD-ROM
||This workshop will record the onstage movements of Mansaku Nomura
on DVD-ROM using a DVD-ROM made in Germany as a reference.
|Modern Theatre Archives Collection, Preservation and Public
||This project systematically collects, preserves and makes available
for public access materials on modern theatre, a field that has not been the subject
of much research. Students will also analyze the complex peculiarities of works
and explore methods of study suited for these works by sifting through the trends
of modern theatre that, though a form of public entertainment, change on a daily
|Contemporary Performing Arts History Workshop
||Studies into Japanese performing arts delve mostly into the
medieval and modern ages, but the miscellaneous performing arts that deviate from
the context of modern theatre have been neglected for the most part. At the same
time, the academic disinterest in developing modern performing arts in modern
times encourage an even greater distance from research and actual performances.
This project will examine materials from performing arts on the periphery of mainstream
kabuki and oratories of the modern age.
|Taneo Chiba (Tsujimachi) Collection Workshop
||Following the 1999 death of Taneo Chiba, surviving family members
donated original copies and programmes of jyoruri, Gidayu-Bushi, modern theatre
and lyrical works. There are over 1,000 articles each from Japanese narration,
music and theatre equally distributed in the different genres. It is a rare collection
for anywhere in Japan and was highly reputed while Chiba was still alive. This
workshop will divide and categorize these materials by field. Research students
will position them by theatrical and literary importance in their individual fields
|Asagao Diary Club
||The jyoruri performance of "Shasei Asagao Banashi" that premiered
at the Takemoto Kigitayu Theatre in Osaka on New Year's Day of 1832 was a take-off
of the Chinese operetta "Tokasen". It went through phases of oration, literature
and kabuki before being adapted for jyoruri. Under the guidance of researchers
of Chinese literature, oration, kabuki and jyoruri, this club attempts to comprehensively
examine this work.
|Foreign Theatre Archives Collection, Preservation and Public
||Foreign theatre has influenced Japanese theatre in the past
and present, and presumably will continue to do so in the future as well. For
two years, this project has studied ways to collect, preserve and make available
for public access foreign theatre materials as sources belonging to both Japan
and overseas, and conducted activities to build an operating system for continuously
and effectively using these archives. In concrete, the project aims to show how
to approach effective collection, public view and research, as well as to build,
manage and promote a database on theatre performance materials.
|Digital Museum Workshop
||Digital archives are a core element of a digital museum and
a key foundation of the research aspects of The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum,
therefore this workshop closely examines specifications for "making archives available
for access" and "cooperating with other organizations". Studies into a digital
museum are preceded by system studies, but the basic research into providing the
backing images will be done from the humanities perspective.