The "Evening at Taizansō" Event was Held
Update: May 24, 2018
On Monday, May 14 and Tuesday, May 15, 2018, the "Evening at Taizansō" event was held. It was a student-led event intended to conserve, raise awareness of, and utilize the Taizansō buildings, a Registered Tangible Cultural Property of Japan, located on the ICU campus.
This year's event was composed of a Taizansō tour for the faculty and staff, a rakugo (comic storytelling) show by a students' Rakugo society, and the exhibition of works created by the Flower Arranging, Calligraphy, and Archaeology Clubs at the Shoin (study room). Faculty and staff members who participated in the Taizansō tour commented that they rediscovered the value of Taizansō and felt the spirit of Takeshirō Matsuura when they visited the historic buildings. When the sun went down, and the lights―the famous feature of the event―illuminated the inside and the outside of the Shoin, the rakugo show ended with enthusiastic applause. Students from Hitotsubashi University and Waseda University also participated in the show and performed rakugo. During their performance, they commented that they were happy to have an opportunity to perform rakugo in this distinguished building of ICU.
Comment by Shiho Saito, a 3rd year student and the representative of the "Taizansō Project" (the student group that planned and organized the event):
I am very pleased that we have held the Evening at Taizansō event in this year as well. The event is now an almost regular event in May. As I look around me, there are so many ICU students who do not know the existence of Taizansō. This motivated me to raise awareness about the University's heritage among ICU students, faculty and staff. It is a personally important event for me, as I myself became aware of the history and value of Taizansō by attending the event. I hope that the event will continue for a long time in the future.