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1. The Jubilee Program hosted by the Kwansei Gakuin University Library:
In collaboration with Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre in Japan

A.) SPECIAL EXHIBITION
(Time) 1. November-5. December 2012
(Place) The Kwansei Gakuin University Library (Nishinomiya)
(Theme) On the Celebration of S.Kierkegaard’s 200th Anniversary

Section 1: Søren Kierkegaard life and publications
*The Kwansei Gakuin University Library’s collection of Søren Kierkegaard’s publication of the first edition

*SKS / SKS K

*Microfilm copies
(courtesy of The Royal Library)
Akademisk Borgerbrev
Bevis for Anden Eksamens 1. og 2.Del
Magisterdiplom
Letters to Regine
A letter to Henriete from S.K. in Berlin
S.K’s manuscripts
Testament,and others.

*Portraits of S.K.
in his youth by Niels Chr.Kierkegaard
(1)“1838.1.15”(a photograph courtesy of The Museum of National History on Frederiksborg Castle)
(2) “ca.1840” (a woodcut)

*A portrait of S.K’s fiancé Reginee

painted by Emil Bærentzen
(a color photocopy courtesy of The Copenhagen City Museum)

*Engagement ring
(a color photograph courtesy of The Copenhagen City Museum)

*The Church of Our Lady in Copenhagen
, a church with which S.K. had a deep connection
 (Royal Copenhagen Christmas Plate in 1949  and a lithography by Chr. Købke.)

Section 2: Søren Kierkegaard’s influences in Japan
The exhibition includes(sample):
Kōzō MITSUCHI’s journal articles:
His father was a well-known Minister of Education in those days. He studied philosophy at Kyoto Imperial University, a brilliant student. However, he killed himself by jumping before an oncoming train when he was 26. His tragic dialogue with Søren Kierkegaard have influenced Japanese youths of different generations.

Kōhei IKEDA: notes written by a student died in the Second World War: He got called in military service when he was a student, and died of illness. When he received a call-up paper, he pasted a photograph of Kierkegaard on the wall, and read on his favorite book S.K’s The Sickness unto Death. The last page of his diary says,
”Good-by everyone. Immanuel,Amen.”

Rinzo SHIINA’s writings:
He was one of the novelists representing post-war Japan. Before he became a novelist, he acted as a communist activist, working underground during the World War II. He was arrested by secret police and was racked. Then he read Kierkegaard’s works in prison; those books attracted him. Later he got baptized and became a Christian.

Shunji GŌDA’s posthumous writings:
He died of illness when he was 30. He worked as a pastor. In his church’s newsletters, he began writing essays on Kierkegaard. Until he died, he wrote a total of 105 essays. What aspects of Kierkegaard attracted the young pastor ?

Section 3: Kwansei Gakuin University and S.Kierkegaard
Publications on and translations of S.K. by professors and graduates from Kwansei Gakuin University.

B.) A PUBLIC LECTURE ON S.K.JUBILEE 2013;
Søren Kierkegaard's documents and written materials

(Time) 30, November 2012 (Fri.) PM.13:30-15:00.
(Place) Kwansei Gakuin University Library (Nishinomiya)
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