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Photo Journal: A page of history


Curator Miyako Kume explains the recreated study of novelist Soseki Natsume (1867-1916) at the Natsume Soseki Memorial Museum in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward on Sept. 21, 2017. The museum opening on Sept. 24 was built on the site of "Soseki Sanbo," a house where the author spent the last nine years of his life, penning masterpieces such as "Kokoro" and "Sanshiro." It was burned to the ground in a 1945 airstrike, and the study was recreated using relatives' accounts, photos and researchers' analysis. In celebration of 150 years since his birth, the Shinjuku Ward Office spent some 1.2 billion yen on the tribute to the Shinjuku-native, which features first-edition copies and manuscripts, the recreated study, a library with 3,500 related books and even a cafe. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., is closed on Mondays except for Sept. 25 and general admission is 300 yen (100 yen for junior high and elementary school students). (Mainichi)

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