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Yoshiro Sekine and the African & Mayan Collection


Shield (from the Masssai tribe in former British colony Kenya, acquired in 1958)

About the exhibition

The exhibition works are part of the Sekine Collection collected and donated by academic staff from the School of Engineering of Waseda University and the head of Waseda Alpine Club. This exhibition mainly showcases items that once belonged to African tribes and Mayan ruins.
Kichiro Sekine formed an expedition team for his research even before overseas travelling by commoners is permitted in post-war Japan. He is well-known for conducting expedition and investigation activities while making plans to set up an overseas research unit for Waseda University. He was the first Japanese to climb Aconcagua (highest mountain South in America) in 1953 and Mount Kilimanjaro (highest mountain in Africa) in 1958. He later crossed the equator on Africa and came across the Bantu peoples and Mbuti tribe, and stayed in their villages. Sekine visited Mayan ruins in Central America and collected many precious archaeological items with high cultural values in 1961.
The continuing research and items gathered by Sekine in recent years are starting to paint a better picture on the purposes of his expedition.

Exhibition works

Drum and Plectrum

Drum and plectrum (from the Mbuti (Pgymy) tribe in former Belgium colony Congo, acquired in 1958)


Musical instrument

Musical instrument (from the Mbuti (Pgymy) tribe in former Belgium colony Congo, acquired in 1958)



Relief stone rubbing (relief of the Palenque site and Coricancha Temple from Mexico, acquired in 1961)

Details of exhibition

  • Date
    October 12 to November 18, 2017 (closes on Saturdays and Sundays)
    **Opens on October 15 (Sunday) and November 5 (Sunday)
  • Time
    10:00-17:00 (admission closes at 16:30)
    **Friday only 10:00-18:00 (admission closes 17:30)
  • Venue
    Exhibition room, 1F Aizu Museum
  • Admission Fee
    Free to all (open to public)
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