Soseki Museum in Britain to Reopen in May

Society Culture

London, April 19 (Jiji Press)--A museum in London on the late renowned Japanese novelist Natsume Soseki (1867-1916), which was closed over two years ago, is set to be revived, in nearby Surrey in May.

Ikuo Tsunematsu, 67, who headed the former museum, decided the reopening after receiving a flurry of requests from Soseki fans. The previous Soseki museum was shut down in September 2016, after 32 years of operation, due party to financial difficulties.

Dispatched by the Japanese government, Soseki studied in London for two years from 1900.

Tsunematsu has renovated his house in Surrey to host the new museum. On display will be more than 10,000 items, including books Soseki loved when he was in Britain, programs of theatrical performances he watched and his works translated into various languages.

While the former museum was targeted at the general public, many of the exhibits at the new facility will be for researchers.

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