JACAR Newsletter Number 30

December 19, 2019

Event Informations from Cooperating institutions

National Archives of Japan

3rd Exhibition of Reiwa Year 1 —Celebrating the First: Events and Customs in Edo Period
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From January 25, 2020 (Saturday), to March 8, 2020 (Sunday)There are many rituals and customs in the lives of the Japanese people that mark or celebrate a beginning: the ritual first shrine visit (hatsumōde) of a new year, the first calligraphy exercise of the new year (kakizome), weaning ceremonies (okuizome), the hatsuuma harvest festival held on the first day of the horse in February, and so on.
During the Edo Period, other such events marking beginnings that are no longer performed also took place, such as those held by the shogunate (bakufu) and at the Imperial Court like the recitation of a Nō song performed to mark the new year (utaizome).
Held to mark the first start of the calendar year during the new Reiwa era, this exhibition presents Edo Period materials related to marking beginnings.

Diplomatic Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

Planned Exhibition "Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Diplomatic Archives Special Exhibition: The 100th anniversary of Japan-Poland Relations"
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From October 16, 2019 (Wednesday),to January 31, 2020 (Friday)In 1918 the First World War ended and Poland regained its independence. Soon after, on March 22, 1919, the Japanese government approved Poland as an independent country for establishing diplomatic relations. 2019 marks the milestone of the 100th anniversary of formal relations between Poland and Japan. In this exhibition, we will introduce the history of exchange between Poland and Japan using historical materials held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We will also discuss the pre-history of formal diplomatic relations, including Polish orphans during the Russo-Japanese War. This exhibition aims to promote mutual understanding between Japan and Poland and help to further develop friendly relations.