The Theatre Museum looks just like a real theater.
Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum holds and exhibits collections pertaining to theatre and performance, from both Japan and overseas.
Its beautiful building is much like a real theater. It is modeled after The Fortune Theater in London. Actual theatrical performances have been held inside this museum.
Its very quiet inside the museum, even though we’re in a lively university campus atmosphere. I was attracted by the antique corridor, stairway, and decorations.
There are one million precious documents and photo collections from plays. I would say that objects accumulated over 80 years, illustrate the history of theatre and performance very well.
Let’s go into the solemn atmosphere of the Aizu Museum.
Aizu Museum preserves and displays over 20,000 collections, such as works of art and archeological artifacts. The building used to be the university library.
Its a unique building with a polygonal roof and decorative graceful curves. The inside of the museum seems simple. There are many fascinating designs such as the eight-edged star-shaped fretwork adorning the great door, the six pillars holding up beautiful capitals, and the moon motifs positioned under the handrails of the staircase.
During our tour, we were able to see the precious picture, “Meian (Light and Dark)” by Taikan Yokoyama, which is usually not on display. All the participants on this tour were very excited!
A look into old-time Waseda University at a special exhibition.
The “125th Anniversary room” (a space for temporary exhibitions) was open when I visited the Okuma Memorial Tower. The tower was built to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Waseda university. You can overlook the campus from this tower. Photo albums of Waseda students during pre-war days are on display in this room, so we could enjoy the atmosphere of old-time Waseda university. The exhibition has ended. Please check for the next exhibition at https://www.waseda.jp/culture/en/about/collections/.
The last stop we visited on our tour was the central Library.
The latin phrase, “QUAE SIT SAPIENTIA DISCE LEGENDO” (Learn by what wisdom is) is written on the entrance of this library. This phrase has a sobering effect on us.
There were innumerable books and many students studying in the library.
This area used to be a baseball field. Waseda university’s baseball club is very popular, and I felt like I could hear the great roar of cheers when I closed my eyes.
Students of Waseda University and graduates can use this library, but the general public can only observe the outer appearance.
Enjoy cheap and delicious school cafeteria food after the tour!
I recommend the restaurant “Mori no Kaze”, which was opened this year and is located on the 15th floor of the Okuma Memorial Tower.
You can get a full view of Waseda campus and enjoy Mt. Fuji and the Tokyo Sky Tree on a nice day.
Another great café:「Uni.café」.
You can relax while viewing the Okuma Garden.
There’s also a shop that sells official Waseda university goods next to the café. How about buying some Waseda university souvenirs?
The new school cafeteria has a very modern decor and delicious menu items.
The tour I took was special one, but you can take campus tours with student guides who will share their university life experiences with you.
Everyone can observe Waseda university as well as the Central brary freely, so please come and experience the history and the culture of Waseda!