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Keio University and the War Exhibition: Keio University in 1943

Update:Dec. 16, 2013

The Keio University and the War Archive Project, begun by the Fukuzawa Memorial Center for Modern Japanese Studies, is being held as an exhibition on Mita Campus. The first installment, "Keio University in 1943," began on Monday, November 25, at Keio Art Space and also at the Mita Media Center Exhibition Room from Monday, December 2.

Keio University lost over 2,200 of its own to the Second World War and sustained the worst air raid damage of any other university in Japan. This is the first of three installments in an exhibition which reexamines Keio University in wartime, now seventy years ago. The exhibition traces the history of the Pacific War at Keio, from the outbreak of war between America and Japan to the student mobilization in the war's later years, using existing records at Keio and recently discovered materials.

On Wednesday, December 11, Associate Professor Takeyuki Tokura of the Fukuzawa Memorial Center for Modern Japanese Studies gave a gallery talk as visitors listened intently to his explanations of the materials displayed, in which students of the day and Keio's campuses mid-war are visible. Within the ranks of visitors were those of the same generation as the students mobilized some 70 years ago.

“Keio University in 1943“
Venue 1: Mita Media Center Exhibition Room
Date: December 2 (Mon) - 26 (Thu), 2013
(Sundays and national holidays closed)

“The Day Keio Students Went to War”
Venue 2: Keio University Art Space
Date: November 25 (Mon) - December 18 (Wed), 2013
(Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays closed)

Glimpse of the exhibition (Venue 1)
▲Glimpse of the exhibition (Venue 1)
Glimpse of the exhibition (Venue 1)
▲Glimpse of the exhibition (Venue 1)

 Associate Professor Takeyuki Tokura gives a gallery talk
▲Associate Professor Takeyuki Tokura gives a gallery talk
Glimpse of the exhibition (Venue 2)
▲Glimpse of the exhibition (Venue 2)

Photos: Susumu Ishito