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Japanese Embassy Announce Ceremony Marking 30th Anniversary of Mori-Ôgai Memorial

October 17th, 2014
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News from Berlin - A ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of the Mori-Ôgai Memorial (located in the building where he lived) in Berlin was held between 17:00 and 20:00 hours on the 15th of October in the Senate Hall at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. This memorial required recognition in Berlin, as it is an important centre for Japanese culture in Germany. This man is of great importance in Berlin, with his novella "The Dancing Girl", cited as his dedication to the city. He is a well known translator, having translated 130 works of European literature including both parts of Goethe’s “Faust”.

The permanent exhibition of Mori Rintarô’s life and work allows an insight into the work of the man credited as the founder of modern literature kindai bungaku and modern literary criticism in Japan. The exhibition offers the opportunity to study his life and creative output. Real name Mori Rintaro was a Japanese physician, translator, critic, novelist and poet, he is known for modernizing Japanese medicine and literature. He played a leading role in the Japanese romantic literary movement, taking a stand against naturalism by incorporating elements from western, Japanese and Chinese civilization and his later work explores the impulses of self-destruction, self–sacrifice and patriotic sentiment.

The permanent exhibition is supplemented by temporary exhibitions on individual topics (calligraphy or photography exhibitions). In addition to the permanent exhibition, a photo collection of Japanese researchers’ portraits can be seen in the corridors. The work of the memorial is supported by the Foundation "Mori-Ôgai Memorial Fund". And donations of support are gladly received.

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