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角川春樹 & 武蔵野坐令和神社 & 角川武蔵野ミュージアム KADOKAWA Haruki & REIWA JINJA & Kadokawa Culture Museum

角川春樹 & 角川武蔵野ミュージアム KADOKAWA Haruki & Kadokawa Culture Museum スクリーンショット screenshot from KCM Twitter Account ここに載せた写真とスクリーンショットは、すべて「好意によりクリエーティブ・コモン・センス」の文脈で、日本美術史の記録の為に発表致します。Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial-NoDerivative Works
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角川春樹 & 角川武蔵野ミュージアム KADOKAWA Haruki & Kadokawa Culture Museum スクリーンショット screenshot from KCM Twitter Account ここに載せた写真とスクリーンショットは、すべて「好意によりクリエーティブ・コモン・センス」の文脈で、日本美術史の記録の為に発表致します。Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial-NoDerivative Works photos: cccs courtesy creative common sense

10 minutes ago a tweet by the Kadokawa Culture Museum caught my attention. A very rare opportunity to see the persona of KADOKAWA Haruki 角川春樹 in public. Second from right on the cover photograph/screenshot.

角川武蔵野ミュージアム – スクリーンショット screenshot from KCM Twitter Account
角川武蔵野ミュージアム – スクリーンショット screenshot from KCM Twitter Account ここに載せた写真とスクリーンショットは、すべて「好意によりクリエーティブ・コモン・センス」の文脈で、日本美術史の記録の為に発表致します。Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial-NoDerivative Works
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Check the attached link.

https://twitter.com/Kadokawa_Museum/status/1375707171770441729

A ceremony had been held at the Shinto shrine REIWA JINJA 武蔵野坐令和神社, which is near by the newly opened Kadokawa Culture Museum.

お隣の武蔵野坐令和神社で【鎮花祭】が執り行われ、歌舞伎役者の中村獅童さんが長唄「雨の五郎」を歌舞伎舞踊にて奉納しました。
春に行われるこのお祭りは、花の飛散とともに疫神が広がるのを鎮める目的で行われます。その故事に倣い、新型コロナウイルスの早期終息を願って斎行いたしました。

The explanatory text translated in English by google:
The [Chinese Flower Festival] was held at the Musashinosuwareiwa Shrine next door, and Kabuki actor Nakamura Shido dedicated the Nagauta “Ame no Goro” in Kabuki dance.
This spring festival is held to calm the spread of the epidemic as the flowers scatter. Following that fact, we went to the hospital hoping for the early termination of the new coronavirus.

Let me try to get into more detailed explanations.
鎮花祭(Chin-ka-sai)could be translated in “a cleansing ritual during the Cherry Blossom period to avoid plagues”.

The Shinto shrine REIWA JINJA 武蔵野坐令和神社 had been newly build and opened last year 2020, Reiwa 令和 2. “Reiwa” is the current era of Japan’s official calendar, directly related to the Japanese Emperor 天皇 (Emperor of God) and The Emperor System of Japan 天皇制.
Link to the REIWA JINJA website, only in Japanese:
https://musashinoreiwa.jp

Should we care about these serious constellations? What kind of steps did KADOKAWA Haruki take to get his legacy known in the Japanese society?

As it happens, hours ago I up-loaded an article about yesterday’s UTAKAI HAJIME – The Annual New Year’s ‘Tanka’ Poetry Ceremonial Party at The Imperial Palace in Reiwa 3. In this regard, we may feel in some parts of Japan a newly born spiritual atmosphere.

令和三年歌会始の儀
UTAKAI HAJIME – The Annual New Year’s ‘Tanka’ Poetry Ceremonial Party at The Imperial Palace in Reiwa 3
https://art-culture.world/articles/utakai-hajime-歌会始の儀/

Let me take this opportunity to introduce to you further articles in the context of the Japanese Imperial Family and The Emperor System of Japan. A highly sensitive topic in Japan, in which you, as a foreigner, will mostly get only ambiguous answers and explanations. Most Japanese “obey” the rules of 神道 SHINTO-ism and 仏教 Buddhism. Weddings are being normally held with キリスト教 Christian and SHINTO-ist ceremonies at the same time. Ergo, Japanese people actually practice three religious customs. 神道+仏教+キリスト教 SHINTO+BUDDHISM+CHRISTIANITY run parallel to their vita. Be extremely careful, if you want to discuss these topics with anyone in Japan. Let’s put it in a humble way: no logical debate possible. A serious matter, indeed.

令和時代は雅子さまの時代を。
Reiwa Era Should Become The Era of Empress Masako.
https://art-culture.world/articles/reiwa-era-should-become-the-era-of-empress-masako/

新元号「令和」。命令、号令の「令」と昭和天皇の「和」
New name of era under new Japanese Emperor is REIWA. ‘Rei’ like ‘Meirei’, ‘Gorei’ = Order or Command, ‘Wa’ like ‘Showa’ from the Japanese Emperor Showa
https://art-culture.world/articles/reiwa-new-name-of-era-under-new-japanese-emperor-新元号令和/

旧皇室庭園、東京新宿御苑で美しい桜の季節が始まりました
Beautiful Cherry Blossoms Started Blooming at Tokyo Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden (Former Imperial Garden)
https://art-culture.world/articles/tokyo-shinjuku-gyoen-national-garden-cherry-blossom-新宿御苑-桜の季節/

我が国にっぽん、「国民的現代美術家」会田誠:「日本画」というジャンルは昭和天皇崩御と同時に自ら消滅を宣言すべきだったし、それしなくても事実消滅した。
Japan’s ‘national’ contemporary artist AIDA Makoto: Simultaneously with the death of Emperor SHOWA, the genre NIHONGA should have had proclaimed its disappearance, nevertheless it actually disappeared.
https://art-culture.world/articles/会田誠-aida-makoto-国民的現代美術家/

天皇、日本文化の象徴、2019年1月1日
Emperor of Japan, Symbol of Japanese Culture, 1st January 2019
https://art-culture.world/articles/emperor-of-japan-tenno-symbol-of-japanese-culture/

平和祈念展示資料館、小柳次一、宇多村英恵、大岩オスカール、明治天皇、昭和天皇、大嘗祭
Memorial Museum for Soldiers, Detainees in Siberia and Postwar Repatriates, KOYANAGI Tsuguichi, UTAMURA Hanae, OIWA Oscar, Emperor Meiji, Emperor Showa, Religious Imperial Enthronement Rites (DAIJO-SAI)
https://art-culture.world/articles/koyanagi-tsuguichi-utamura-hanae-oiwa-oscar-emperor-meiji-emperor-showa-war-documents/

天皇皇后両陛下 初の肖像画
Portrait Painting of Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan
https://art-culture.world/articles/portrait-painting-of-their-majesties-the-emperor-and-empress-of-japan/

新作 「レオナール・ツグハル・フジタの行方不明パズルピース 『藤田嗣治 天皇陛下伊勢の神宮に御参拝、皇紀2603年(1943)』」
New Work “Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita’s missing puzzle piece ‘The Japanese Emperor worshipping at Ise Shrine, Japanese imperial year 2603 (1943)’”
https://art-culture.world/articles/leonard-tsuguharu-foujita-japanese-emperor-worshipping-at-ise-shrine-japanese-imperial-year-2603/

天皇制の為:下らない横山大観戦争画 ー 内閣総理大臣顕彰受賞者村上裕二
For The Sake Of The Emperor: Trashy Taikan YOKOYAMA – Yuji MURAKAMI (Prime Minister’s Award Honoree)
https://art-culture.world/articles/for-the-sake-of-the-emperor-trashy-taikan-yokoyama-yuji-murakami-prime-ministers-award-honoree/

Long long time ago, I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Kadokawa through my friend and Japan’s literature titan SHIMADA Masahiko 島田雅彦. Via the KADOKAWA HARUKI JIMUSHO 角川春樹事務所 a Shimada novel had been published. As Mr. Kadokawa “lost” his job at his company because of drug possession, the newly created company was still small, with few staff.

島田雅彦 SHIMADA Masahiko, Berlin, Cafe Einstein 90’s
島田雅彦 SHIMADA Masahiko, Berlin, Cafe Einstein 90’s

彼岸先生の寝室哲学 (ハルキ文庫)
https://www.amazon.co.jp/彼岸先生の寝室哲学-ハルキ文庫-島田-雅彦/dp/489456405X

Mr. Kadokawa’s entrepreneurial risks and uncompromising projects do find some fans in the Japanese cultural community. However, not a few people do distance themselves after working with him, a difficult persona famous for his egomaniac, eccentric attitude.
Actually, I’m not familiar with his life work, if you’re interested, please check the Japanese written wikipedia entries.
https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/角川春樹事務所
https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/角川春樹
http://www.kadokawaharuki.co.jp

Via this link in English, you may get further ideas.
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0434392/
When his father dies in 1975, Haruki was appointed president of the Kadokawa Shoten and he announced a new and ambitious plan for his company: created a new branch dedicated to produce films and impel international cinematographic adaptations of the best-seller novels and comics of the publishing branch. “The Inugami Family” was the first film produced by Kadokawa. The success of the planning encouraged Kadokawa to direct some movies himself. His debut as director was “Dirty Hero” (1982), followed by “Love Story” (1984). In 1990 he directed his most acclaimed film, “Heaven and Earth”. Unfortunately his popularity declined after he was arrested for drug possession.


Last part of this text will be written later tomorrow, or after tomorrow , or never… , IF !!, … if I can find all the informations, I’m looking for. lol ;-) Until now, nobody in Japan wrote about the same topic… Do you care?