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A message from The University of Tokyo
The University of Tokyo (UTokyo) has led research and education in Japan since our foundation as a national university in 1877. For more than a century, we have been nurturing minds that have gone on to explore space, win Nobel Prizes and expand the frontiers of human knowledge. Today, over 5,500 faculty and over 27,000 students make UTokyo one of the most important global hubs of research and education in one of Asia’s most exciting cities.
UTokyo has long been known as Japan’s premier institution of higher education and for our low student-to-faculty ratio. Our unique liberal arts education provides a sound base in the first half of our four-year undergraduate program, after which our students choose a two-year specialisation in line with their interests. We encourage interdisciplinary approaches throughout.
Our graduate schools provide an excellent environment for first-rate intensive research with the world’s leading researchers, and each graduate student can learn at the cutting edge of their field. In recent years UTokyo has established undergraduate and graduate English-language degree programs, such as our undergraduate PEAK program, further promoting campus diversity.
UTokyo is networked with top universities and research institutions from all parts of the world and the flow of students, research and researchers creates a truly global campus. UTokyo also goes abroad to bring our university to the world, through events such as the UTokyo Forum, held in close partnership with globally renowned academic institutions around the world since 2000.
UTokyo researchers and alumni have expanded the frontiers of human knowledge and their achievements have been recognized in multiple Nobel and other prizes. Yoichiro Nambu and Masatoshi Koshiba have transformed physics, while Kenzaburo Oe and Yasunari Kawabata have enriched global culture through their literary works, to mention just a few. Our website UTokyo Research offers a glimpse into the world of our cutting-edge research.
Exhibición especial: “Deambulantes en El Dorado: medio siglo de arqueología andina por los japoneses”
In January, the JP Tower Museum INTERMEDIATHEQUE (IMT) is opening the special exhibition “Wandering in El Dorado: Half a Century of Andean Archaeology by the Japanese.”
Since the 2013 academic year, the expression “the world’s four great civilizations” has disappeared from high school textbooks of world history. At last, the fact that in the history of humanity, the cradle of civilization does not lie exclusively in the African and Eurasian continents is also becoming common knowledge in our country. This is the case of the Andean civilization, which flourished in the South-American continent. It has several characteristics which renew our perception of ancient civilizations, as it did not originate in a large basin region, and did not rely on writing. Furthermore, we cannot overlook its refined artistic development, in fields such as architecture, pottery, metalware and textile.
There were Japanese who, bewildered by the skillful plastic arts of the Andean civilization and loving its cultural climate, dedicated their lives to research and collecting as well as the development of the local community. Yoshitaro Amano, attracted to ancient history while working as an entrepreneur in Peru, carried out research and collection, leading the way for many Japanese. Yokichi Nouchi, a Japanese-born immigrant, laid the foundations for the rise of the Machu Picchu World Heritage Site as the first mayor of its municipality. Seiichi Morishita, who was overwhelmed by the beauty of this unknown civilization he encountered upon a business trip, constituted one of the major Japanese collections of Central and South-American art. Last, but by no means least, researchers from the University of Tokyo such as Seiichi Izumi and Kazuo Terada initiated the archeology of the New Continent in Japan, and their educational endeavors lead up to the present.
A fascinating foreign land from which we cannot slip out once we have penetrated it, such is the world of Ancient Andes. The present exhibition will showcase exquisite items and scientific specimens of Andean art, while presenting the stories of those Japanese who headed on their last journey there, the archaeological contributions by the Japanese in the last half-century or so, as well as future developments in this field.
［Organizer］The University Museum, The University of Tokyo (UMUT)
［Cooperation］BIZEN Latinamerican Museum, Amano Museum, Kuntur Wasi Museum
［Support］Newly Corporation, Japan Machupicchu Association