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1998 - 2002 Activity Report
  • Chikusei Mimura's Diary Workshop
  • Musical Score Workshop
  • Workshop in Theatrical Paintings and Prints
  • Minoru Umewaka I's Diary Workshop
  • Oriental Theatre Studies
  • Introduction to Japanese Theatre
  • Gidayu-Bushi Text Workshop
  • Theatrical Archives Preservation Project
  • Imperial Theatre Restoration Workshop
  • Noh-Hayashi Workshop
  • Mansaku Nomura DVD-ROM
  • Modern Theatre Archives Collection, Preservation and Public Access Project
  • Contemporary Performing Arts History Workshop
  • Taneo Chiba (Tsujimachi) Collection Workshop
  • Asagao Diary Club
  • Foreign Theatre Archives Collection, Preservation and Public Access Project
  • Digital Museum Workshop
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> Overview of 1998 - 2002 Projects
The Asian Cultural Research Center was active from 1998 to 2002 as a research base for The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, the Aizu Museum and the Waseda University School of Letters, Arts and Sciences, promoting joint research into academic frontiers in the three fields of theatre, art history and archeology.

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Project Activities
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.
Noh-Hayashi Workshop 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 Access Project 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 basis.
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 of study.
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 Access Project 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.

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