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Special Exhibition: "Akamon Gate: From Yo-hime Palace to the University of Tokyo" (University Museum Group)

March 10, 2017

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Event Type: Exhibition
Intended for: General public / Enrolled students / Applying students / International students / Alumni / Companies / Elementary school students / Junior high school students / High school students / University students
Date(s): March 18, 2017 - May 28, 2017
Location: Hongo Area Campus
Venue: [Address] 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
[Access] 6 minutes' walk from Hongo-sanchome Station on the Marunouchi Line
         3 minutes' walk from Hongo-sanchome Station on the Oedo Line
[Opening Hours] 10:00 - 17:00 (Last admission 16:30)
[Closed on] Mondays (open on March 20 and closed on March 21)
Entrance Fee: No charge
Registration Method: No advance registration required
Event Description:

Most of the University of Tokyo's Hongo Campus lies on the Kaga Maeda clan’s Hongo residence. Therefore, numerous historical remains relating to the Kaga-based Maeda clan enrich the scenery of the Hongo Campus. The most celebrated among them is the "Goshudenmon" at the former Kaga residence, namely the Akamon Gate.
 
The current Akamon Gate was established in the 10th year of the Bunsei Era (1827) for the wedding of Tokugawa Ienari's daughter Yo-hime and the 13th lord of the Maeda clan, Nariyasu. Over the next 190 years (nearly half of the history of the Hongo residence), Akamon Gate has been a witness to history from the end of Edo to the foundation and growth of the University of Tokyo. Additionally, 2017 is a milestone year, being the 400th anniversary of the establishment of the Hongo residence as well as the 140th anniversary of the establishment of the University of Tokyo. This presents an opportunity to hold an exhibition that presents the history of the Hongo residence, which showcases the nationally designated important cultural asset known as Akamon Gate.
 
In recent years, there has been remarkable progress in the excavation of the treasure trove of cultural assets on the Hongo Campus, as well as the aggregation of historical documents and investigations of the records of the University of Tokyo's Facilities Department. The special exhibition: "Akamon Gate: From Yo-hime Palace to the University of Tokyo" shows the integration of these achievements, providing an opportunity to learn about the origin of the Akamon Gate, which dates back to the establishment of the Hongo residence.

[Organizer] The University Museum, The University of Tokyo (UMUT)+Archaeological Research Unit, The University of Tokyo (ARU)
 

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