Machi and Kioku and Eigakan : Showa Era Children and Local Schools



Machi and Kioku and Eigakan : Showa Era Children and Local Schools

In the 1950s, an auditorium was built in the Motomachi Branch of the Shiogama City Community Center. Jun Sugimura, a Western-style painter associated with Shiogama, spent an important period of his life in this city. At that time, movies were at their peak and there were many movie theaters in the city. Before the spread of television and the Internet, movie theaters were important places to experience other cultures and enjoy each others’ company. The “Machi and Kioku and Eigakan ” program collects the memories of this town to create a space for cultural gatherings and exchanges like the movie theaters of the past. We use this gallery, which has been transformed over time from a community center to an art museum, to create new memories of this city through his exhibition and other related events, together.

This year’s exhibition focuses on the locals of Shiogama who spent their childhood and school life from the 1950s to the 1970s, bringing back the memories and experiences of those days. We help you experience the vividness and warmth of Shiogama during the Showa period* through photos, videos and sounds collected by local residents, photo studios and elementary schools in the neighborhood. Together with a variety of program experiences, these warm memories will be renewed and passed down to future generations.

* The Showa period is between 1926-1989.



Special Exhibition “Showa Children and Local Schools”

Family albums, school photos, 8mm videos of children playing, letters from a time capsule buried at Shiogama City Daiichi Elementary School in 1973, and old school songs left on open-reel tapes. This exhibition introduces these items along with memorable stories and audio recordings.

Date: Thursday April 29th through Sunday June 11th, 2023
Hours: 10:00–17:00 (last admission 16:30)
Closed Mondays
At the special exhibition room of Sugimura Jun Museum of Art (Shiogama City), 30 minutes east of Sendai.

Admission (incl. permanent collection)
• Adults: 300 yen
• High school students: 100 yen
• Museum member, Junior high school students and under: Free

Groups (20 or more)
• Adults:240 yen
• High school students: 80 yen
• Junior high school students and under: Free



[Corresponding event] The contents of the time capsule will be revealed!
Place & Hours: Shiogama City Daiichi Elementary School, 1st Floor, PTA/CS Room, 10:00 – 16:00, free of charge
Date: Monday May 8th through Friday June 30th, 2023 (closed on weekends and holidays)
*The exhibition is not open to the public on Monday, May 29th and Monday June 12th.
*Please use the intercom at the main entrance of the school to let us know when you visit.

The contents of the time capsules other than those displayed in the exhibition; “Showa Children and Local Schools”, will be open to the public at Shiogama City Daiichi Elementary School. Please also see them after this exhibition.



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