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Okuma Auditorium

The Okuma Auditorium was built in 1927, commemorating the 45th anniversary of the foundation of Waseda University. The auditorium consists of a large hall with more than 1,100 seats and a basement hall. University activities, lectures and concerts are held here. The clock tower is about 125 shaku* high. The height is derived from Shigesato Okuma's quotation, "The theory of 125-year life" (A man can live 125 years if he cares for his life.). The clock tower chimes 6 times a day (8:00, 9:00, 12:00, 16:00, 20:00 and 21:00).
*37.5 m (1 shaku = 30 cm)

Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum

The Tsubouchi Museum, inaugurated upon Dr. Shoyo Tsubouchi's reaching the age of 70 to commemorate his completion of a translation of the Shakespeare corpus, was established in October 1928. The museum, modeled on the Fortune Theatre of 16th century London, contributes to the development of drama and art. Dr. Tsubouchi is well known as the first Japanese scholar to translate the Shakespeare corpus.

Dr. Tsubouchi was a benefactor of Waseda University and a founder of the School of Letters, Arts and Sciences. The museum houses his personal effects, books and manuscripts. Documents related to the arts, not only from Japan but also from the West and the East, are on display.

Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Friday 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

The Aizu Museum

Dr. Yaichi Aizu is a well known Eastern Art history researcher, poet and calligrapher. He collected ancient art from the Zhanguo to the Ming and Qing Dynasties (including about 300 clay figures, 200 decorated bronze mirrors, 1,000 roof tiles with relief decorations, 550 rubbings). In addition to these, about 70 pieces of calligraphy by Dr. Aizu are on display. The museum also houses thefollowing works: "Meian" (a collaboration of works by Taikan Yokoyama and Kanzan Shimomura); around 600 works of Modern Japanese Art, including "Shukongoshinzou", which was exhibited at the Chicago Exposition in 1893; a great number of archeological documents; folklore related pieces including about 500 Ainu costumes and accessories; "Haniwajoshizou" one of Japan's important cultural properties; ceramic ware and Zen paintings donated by the former Tomioka art museum; valuable private collections donated by other contributors; and historical documents, photographs and paintings which depict the history of Waseda University.

Permanent Collection Exhibition Room (2nd Floor, Bldg. No. 2)
Temporary Collection Exhibition Room (2nd Floor, Bldg. No. 1)
Total size of the collections: approx. 15,000 items
Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed: Sundays, public holidays and days fixed as holidays by the University
Admission: free

* Brief explanations of exhibitions are available from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
* The museum is closed for some periods in the summer and winter holidays.
Admission: free

Ono Memorial Hall, Waseda Gallery

In April 2005, the Waseda Gallery was established as a new base for the transmission of the history and future of Waseda University. In addition, Ono Memorial Hall has been opened as a smaller hall attached to the facilities as a base for the promotion and dissemination of academic research, education, culture and the arts.

Please refer to the "Waseda Culture" (Waseda Bunka) website for information about individual exhibitions and also events open to the public (opening and closing times, exhibition duration).

125 Memorial Room

The 125 Memorial Room is an exhibition room established on the 10th floor of the Okuma Memorial Tower (Bldg. 26). It was opened in March 2006 as a place to showcase Waseda University's culture. The room is located at the same height as the top of the Okuma Auditorium Clock Tower (125 shaku, approx. 37.5 m) and its windows open on a panoramic view of Waseda campus and Okuma Auditorium. Holding 4-5 exhibitions each year, the Memorial Room displays Waseda University's treasured cultural assets.