Shinto Groundbreaking Ceremony held for the Main Gate Annex (Tentative Name) at Mita Campus
September 6, 2016
A Shinto groundbreaking ceremony, Jichinsai, on the planned site for the Main Gate Annex (tentative name)—on the west of the Main Gate at Mita Campus (former site of a gas station)—was held from 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 29.
The ceremony was attended by President Seike; members of the Keio community; representatives of Nikken Sekkei, in charge of design and supervision; the contractors, Nishimatsu Construction, Shinko Electric, and Shin Nippon Air Technologies; and members of the local community. The kuwairenogi (striking a pile of soil with a ritual hoe) and tamagushihoten (the offering of tamagushi, a sprig from the sacred sakaki tree) rituals were performed during the ceremony and the naorai (feast after the ceremony) was held at the cafeteria on the fourth floor of the South School Building.
The current Main Gate and the former South School Building were constructed in May 1959 on the occasion of Keio’s 100th anniversary in 1958. The university has been contemplating on effectively utilizing the now vacant land next to the Main Gate, which it had leased out to a gas station in 1958, and building a facility that is most fitting for the location. It was decided that a new building, whose primary function is to provide and disseminate information about Keio outside the university, be built on the site.
One important aspect regarding the design of the new building is achieving a sense of unity and harmony with the adjacent South School Building and the Mita Public Speaking Hall that is located just behind the proposed site. Another aspect of the design is to keep the new building to a certain height so that the Mita Public Speaking Hall remains visible from the road. The first floor of the two-story steel frame building will be used as an information space in which official Keio gifts and souvenirs are sold and pamphlets of the university are distributed. On the second floor will be offices that function as a platform for social and regional collaboration. The building is due to be completed late April of next year.
An artist’s impression of the new building (Total floor area 470.39 m2)
The site for the Jichinsai (planned construction site; behind it is the Mita Public Speaking Hall)