A couple was sitting close to each other behind the frosted glass of the Natsume Soseki Memorial Museum

Frosted glass at Natsume Soseki Memorial Museum

Frosted glass at Natsume Soseki Memorial Museum

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I once lived in the Waseda area more than 20 years ago. There is a monument marking the birthplace of Soseki Natsume on Natsume-zaka, which stretches from in front of the station, and I knew at the time that the address "Kikui-cho" was derived from the family crest of the Natsume family, "chrysanthemum in a well". The Natsume Soseki Memorial Museum in Waseda Minami-cho was built on the site where Soseki spent his last years in "Soseki Sanso."

Although I must have lived nearby, I have no recollection of the museum. I have no recollection of ever visiting or even passing by it. It was only in 2017 that this museum was opened. No wonder I don't remember a single thing about it. For no reason at all, I felt relieved and entered the memorial hall. It is interesting to see Soseki Natsume's study restored inside.

Surprisingly, this is the first full-fledged Soseki Memorial Hall in Japan. When it comes to Japanese literature, one cannot avoid Dazai Osamu, but one cannot avoid Natsume Soseki. Despite the fact that Soseki was such a great writer, there has never been a museum built to commemorate him. Perhaps it is because literature was considered a trivial and insignificant pastime in the face of the great goal of Meiji Japan, which was to become a wealthy nation with a strong military.

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PHOTO DATA

No

12285

Shooting Date

Apr 2022

Posted On

June 3, 2022

Place

Waseda Minami-cho, Tokyo

Genre

Street Photography

Camera

SONY ALPHA 7R II

Lens

ZEISS LOXIA 2/35

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