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Ambassador of Papua New Guinea visits Waseda

University President Kaoru Kamata met with Mr. Gabriel J.K. Dusava, Ambassador of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea to Japan, who visited Waseda University’s exhibition on Oceanic ethnic artworks on its opening day of March 22.

Ambassador Dusava and University President Kamata at the exhibition

Welcomed to take photos

Meeting with Papua New Guinea,” the exhibition which has been taking place since March 22 at the 125 Anniversary Room on the 10th floor of Okuma Memorial Tower, introduces the Oceanic ethnic artworks from the Waseda University Collection and shares research activities by the University’s Department of Archeology. These artworks originally come from the late Ryuhei Imaizumi of Ishiuchi Village (now Minami-Uonuma City), Niigata Prefecture. His collection was passed onto Tsurugashima City, Saitama Prefecture, which donated the artworks to Waseda in 2010. On display are masks and statues of Papua New Guinea’s spirits, weapons such as spears and shields, and earthwares. The University prides itself for having a rare collection of over 1,000 artifacts from the region, which is among the most in Japan.

During the opening ceremony of the exhibition, Ambassador Dusava commented, “I am extremely pleased to see on display sepic art from my country, Papua New Guinea. In addition to having young students visit this exhibition and creating an opportunity for cultural exchange, I hope that this will inspire some to visit Papua New Guinea, which is only 6 hours away on direct flight from Narita Airport.”

Presenting a replica of “Light and Dark,” a joint work by Taikan Yokoyama (1868-1958) and Kanzan Shimomura (1873-1930) to Ambassador Dusava

Ambassador Dusava

This exhibition will end on April 22. For more details on the exhibition, visit this link.