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No.049
Special exhibition at the Museum of Life in the Showa Era: “The Home of Suzu of the film In This Corner of the World”

2019/3/13

An exhibition inspired by the 2016 nationwide long-run hit animation film “In This Corner of the World” is held at the Museum of Life in the Showa Era from November 2, 2018 through May 6, 2019. A talk event with the participation of the director of the museum Kazuko Koizumi, and the film’s director Sunao Katabuchi and assistant director Chie Uratani, was also held at the Ota City Citizen Plaza on December 24, 2018.

Special exhibition at the Museum of Life in the Showa Era: “The Home of Suzu of the film In This Corner of the World”

Exhibition

The Museum of Life in the Showa Era preserves and showcases a house and its furnishing used from 1951 through 1996, and introduces the lifestyle of ordinary people of that period.
The special exhibition “The Home of Suzu of the film In This Corner of the World” was inspired by the fact that the museum was used as reference for creating the houses featured in the animation. During the period of the exhibition, the museum recreates the lifestyle and atmosphere of the Urano residence, the home of the protagonist Suzu, and of the Hojo residence, where she lived after getting married.
Dishes and utensils featured in the film are reproduced in the living room and the kitchen, while the tatami-mat parlor showcases a sewing set and household items used during World War II, as well as costumes of the characters in the film.
Animation reproductions and character references are also displayed at the exhibition space on the second floor.

Response provoked by the exhibition

According to the curator Ms. Kozue Kobayashi, “the exhibition attracts visitors who travel from far and wide, as well as frequent visitors who come more than ten times.” Nearly 200 people attended the talk event held on December 24, 2018. At the event, the director of the museum Ms. Koizumi praised the film, saying that the background research for its creation was meticulous and thorough.
In 2019, the organizers plan to unveil a special version of the exhibition with newly-added scenes called “In (a Few More) Corners of This World.” This is expected to further boost the popularity of the Museum of Life in the Showa Era.

Wartime dishes and a notebook with recipes on how to prepare them are displayed on the chabudai (low dining table).
A display in the kitchen allows visitors to compare household utensils with a scene from the film.

Left: Wartime dishes and a notebook with recipes on how to prepare them are displayed on the chabudai (low dining table).
Right: A display in the kitchen allows visitors to compare household utensils with a scene from the film.

Key visual of the film In This Corner of the World © Fumiyo Kouno/Futabasha/Konosekai no katasumini Project

Key visual of the film In This Corner of the World
© Fumiyo Kouno/Futabasha/Konosekai no katasumini Project

Left: Director Sunao Katabuchi has visited the museum previously to refer to materials there for his film creation work.
Middle: Since 2013, assistant director Chie Uratani has attended the workshop “Lifestyle School” held at the Museum of Life in the Showa Era as part of her work on the film In This Corner of the World.
Right: Museum director Kazuko Koizumi is also a life history researcher.

Left: Director Sunao Katabuchi has visited the museum previously to refer to materials there for his film creation work.
Middle: Since 2013, assistant director Chie Uratani has attended the workshop “Lifestyle School” held at the Museum of Life in the Showa Era as part of her work on the film In This Corner of the World.
Right: Museum director Kazuko Koizumi is also a life history researcher.

The exhibition also featured screening of parts of the documentary film Showa no Kaji (“Housework in the Showa Era”) (filmed from 1990 to 1992), which was used as a reference material in the creation of In This Corner of the World.

The exhibition also featured screening of parts of the documentary film Showa no Kaji (“Housework in the Showa Era”) (filmed from 1990 to 1992), which was used as a reference material in the creation of In This Corner of the World.

Original Text: Yasuna Asano
Photo: Shu Nakagawa

Special exhibition “The Home of Suzu of the film In This Corner of the World”
The Museum of Life in the Showa Era

Period: November 2, 2018 (Friday) – May 6, 2019 (Monday, national holiday)
Venue: The Museum of Life in the Showa Era
Address: 2-26-19 Minamikugahara, Ota-ku, Tokyo
http://www.showanokurashi.com/014.htm