Classical Arts x Digital Technologies


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© The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University

Currently on display in the Citi exhibition Manga at the British Museum, 'Yōkai Hikimaku' is a kabuki theatre curtain painted by the famous artist Kawanabe Kyōsai (1831-1889), featuring various Japanese demons called yōkai. The Theatre Museum at Waseda University has recently digitized this piece in high-definition and converted the still images of the demons into vivid animation, in collaboration with Toppan Printing. This symposium explores various examples from Japan and the UK, including the yōkai theatre curtain, demonstrating how classical works can be revitalized with the assistance of digital technology. Curators from the British Museum reveal some secrets of the yōkai theatre curtain and its relationship with the museum’s Citi exhibition Manga.

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Organized by The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University; and Japan House London

In co-operation with University of Birmingham, Global Japanese Studies Model Unit, Waseda University Top Global University Project


Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-2020 at Japan House London