Weekly Opinion
Jun-ichi Konuma

Photography, a Western Accident—Towards a New History of Photography

Kazumichi Hashimoto
Associate Professor, Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Waseda University

Photography has become such an ordinary part of our daily lives that a time where it did not exist is unimaginable. How surprised were the people of the 19th century to see photos of their families and friends for the first time ever? [More...]

(Mar. 27)


Fine Arts

Gustave Courbet in 21st-Century France and Japan

Yoko Kitamura
Professor of the School of Culture, Media and Society, Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Waseda University

Gustave Courbet (1819-1877) was a French painter involved in the 19th-century realism movement. His famous works A Burial at Ornans and The Painter’s Studio are large paintings with a height of 3 meters and a width of 7 meters. Both of these works provoked severe criticism when they were first revealed. Even now, the “lack of common sense” in these works can be felt when viewing the actual paintings at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris, a museum which held a large-scale replacement of exhibitions in 2011. [More...]

(Aug. 9)


Knowledge Co-Creation - Profiles of researchers

Pushing Back the Frontiers of Sports Science with State-of-the-Art Technologies in Molecular and Cellular Biology

Takayuki Akimoto
Professor, Faculty of Sport Sciences, Waseda University

How to lead a long, healthy life is a common concern in Japan’s super-aged society. Unfortunately, research on healthy living is not as advanced as that conducted for treatment of diseases. The health benefits of exercise are considered obvious, but their molecular mechanisms are little understood at present. Exercise triggers many reactions in our bodies. [More...]

(Feb. 14)

Waseda research zone - latest news on project research

Interdisciplinary, International and Practical: Comprehensive research institution in a transforming society

In the early 21st century, developed countries are experiencing slowdowns in economic growth, a decrease in population, a decline in birthrate and an aging population. [More...]

(Dec. 13)


Children’s Rights through Picture Books - Gifts from a Swedish Children’s Book Author -

Hatsuko Kawana
Professor, Faculty of Human Sciences, Waseda University

Have you ever heard of the Convention on the Rights of the Child? By bringing the world’s wisdom together, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted this Convention in 1989, so that all children around the globe could live happily. [More...]

(Jan. 25)