The unknown notes on "The Death Spirits"

The Museum of Modern Litterateur, Kanagawa announced that they discovered Haniya Yutaka's unknown notes on 『死霊』 (The Death Spirits) among 3000 pages of the manuscripts and documents which Haniya's relatives had donated.
Haniya wrote these ones in 1930s, and noted down the original plan of "The Death Spirits", in which we find vivid and vulgar description Haniya had crossed out in the definitive text.
The Museum exhibits them in the exhibition "The infinite Universe -- Haniya's "The Death Spirits"" and the Gunzo magazine publish them on the October 2007 issue with essays of Yoshimoto Ryumei and Kashima Toru.


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I started Literary Homepage Horagai in Japanese and English in 1995. I constantly add stories to Japanese Horagai and began Horagai blog in Japanese since May 2007, nevertheless I stopped English Horagai in 1999.
I begin English Horagai blog, in which I will translate Japanese contents and write original English stories about Japanese movies, arts, and literature.

The Retrospective Exhibition of Teshigawara Hiroshi

I went to the Retrospective Exhibition of Teshigawara Hiroshi at the Museum of Modern Art, Saitama.
Teshigawara Hiroshi (1927 - 2001) is famous as the movie director of "Woman in the dunes" (Suna no Onna) in the world, but he was the grand master of flower-arrangement (Ikebana) and the representative (Iemoto) of 草月流 (Sogetsu-ryu), one of the biggest schools of Ikebana. He was also painter, ceramic artist, calligrapher, garden designer, producer of avant-garde arts, and cooperative of Abe Kobo since 1946.
The exhibiton is consisted in these five parts.

  1. Ikebana
  2. Installation art of Bamboo
  3. Ceramic art and Rikyu
  4. Movies
  5. Early works and "Seiki no kai"
I went through a long Bamboo tunnel to the fist room, where I found only photograhes of his Ikebana works, because Ikebana is a sort of performing art and we can appreciate them in a few days.
In the second room, I found photographes and document movies of the installation art of Bamboo. He made abstract objects like big waves of thousand bamboos in the field. They were so spectacular.
The third room is dedicated to Sen no Rikyu, the master of the tea ceremony in the 16th century. Teshigawara worshiped him and made two excellent movies, "Rikyu" and "Princess Gohime". Teshigawara made many tea cups and oranaments in avan-garade style. He also designed the bower for tea ceremony (Chashitsu).
The 4th room for movies. Teshigawar directed 8 movies and many short films.

"Woman in the dunes"(1964)
"The face of Another"(1966)
"The ruined Map"(1968)
"Summer Soldier"(1972)
"Antonio Gaudi"(1984)
"Princess Gohime"(1992)

4 of them were based on Abe Kobo's novel, which are available in the Criterion Collection.
I found the diploma of the Cannes Festival for "Woman in the Dunes" and handwritten documents. I also found the grotesque property appearing in the consulting room of "The face of another", which contains many human parts.
The last room for his early works. In 1946, Teshigawara joined to the artist groupe "Seiki no kai", which Abe Kobo and Okamoto Taro founded. "Seiki no kai" published the little magazin "Seikigun" in mimeograph. In the 4th issue of 『世紀群』 ("Seikigun"), Abe Kobo write "The magic chalk", for which Teshigawara made the hand-painted illustration. I found its beautiful copy.