We would like to introduce Books and Publications of Shigyo Sosyu.
"Now, Seek after Miguel de Unamuno" Exhibition (Embassy of Spain in Japan)
August 19, 2018. ￥500（including tax）
Exhibition Catalogue of the Exhibition Tracing the Philosophical Thought and Life of Unamuno
It is a Catalogue of the Exhibition “Now, Seek after Miguel de Unamuno” (Sept. 12 ~ Oct. 9, 2018) held celebrating 150th Anniversary of the Establishment of Japan-Spain Diplomatic Relation, and the 800th Anniversary of Foundation of Salamanca University. This exhibition was held at Embassy of Spain in Japan, and the numerous materials borrowed from Salamanca University and Unamuno’s words in combination were exhibited. The contents of this exhibition tracing the life and the philosophical thought of Unamuno are wholly printed in this Exhibition Catalogue. And also in the special interview, “What does Unamuno mean to us?” of Shigyo Sosyu, Director of Memorial Gallery of Toshima Yasumasa, spoke the reason why Unamuno is important in the present Japan is also printed, and introducing Unamuno’s literary works and life through materials, sketches, photographs and others.
"Now, Seek after Miguel de Unamuno
――Homage to Unamuno by the Japanese Painter Toshima Yasumasa"(Spanish-Japanese Cultural Center)
April 20, 2018. ￥500（including tax）
Homage to Unamuno with Toshima’s Art
It is a Catalogue of the Exhibition “Now, Seek after Miguel de Unamuno—Homage to Unamuno by the Japanese Painter Toshima Yasumasa” (May 17 — June 15) held celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Establishment of Japan-Spain Diplomatic Relation, and the 800th Anniversary of Foundation of Salamanca University. This exhibition was held at Empress Michiko Hall in Spanish-Japanese Cultural Center affiliate of Salamanca University. The artworks of the painter Toshima Yasumasa who cherished Unamuno, as a homage, were exhibited in combination with Unamuno’s words. Together with these exhibited works, the words of Unamuno and Toshima are printed in this Exhibition Catalogue. And in the supplementary special feature, the interview article of Shigyo Sosyu, Director of Memorial Gallery of Toshima Yasumasa, speaks on the relation with Unamuno and Toshima’s artworks. And as the material, the history of the translation of Unamuno’s literary works in Japan is also recorded.
"In the Light of Salamanca
―― From 'Homage to Unamuno by Toshima Yasumasa' Exhibition"
August 19, 2018. Memorial Gallery of Toshima Yasumasa (Not for sale)
Reportage portrays the Exhibition celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Establishment of Japan-Spain Diplomatic Relation, and the 800th Anniversary of Foundation of Salamanca University.
This booklet has followed the process, from the planning to operation, of the exhibition “Now, Seek after Miguel de Unamuno—Homage to Unamuno by the Japanese Painter Toshima Yasumasa” (May 17 ~ June 15, 2018), celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Establishment of Japan-Spain Diplomatic Relation, and the 800th Anniversary of Foundation of Salamanca University held at Spanish-Japanese Cultural Center affiliate of Salamanca University in Spain. Aiming to appeal to the world the literature and the philosophical thought of Miguel de Unamuno, the leading philosopher of Spain, Misaki Abe, principal curator of Memorial Gallery of Toshima Yasumasa has compiled into a booklet in reportage form of the exhibition, which is one of the huge series of project linking both Spain and Japan. In what way the three personages, Unamuno, Toshima Yasumasa and Shigyo Sosyu are related and their backgrounds, and also the contents Shigyo Sosyu spoke could be read.
The Second Publication ：To Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Establishment of Japan–Spain Diplomatic Relation, and the 800th Anniversary of Foundation of the Salamanca University.
[The Christ of Velázquez]
April 20, 2018. HOSEI UNIVERSITY PRESS 〈Universitas Series〉
Written by Miguel de Unamuno / Translation Supervised by Shigyo Sosyu / Translated by Abe Misaki
Comment by Juan Masiá ￥2,700(excluding tax) 412 pages Favorably on sale at bookstores.
Here is the Mystery of the Humankind.
This religious poem "The Christ of Velázquez" is the one, which Unamuno himself highly valued among his works. It is consisted of 89 cantos of religious poems, which Unamuno created meditating in front of inspiring [Christ Crucified] painted by the leading Spanish painter Velázquez. In these poems, the quintessence of religious spirit deriving from the Spanish mystic thought such as John of Cross, Saint Teresa of Ávila, and the soul of the Spanish Race are hidden within them.
Hosei University Web site
The First Publication: To Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Establishment of Japan–Spain Diplomatic Relation, and the 800th Anniversary of Foundation of the Salamanca University.
[Philosophy of Passion―Unamuno and the Battle of “Life”]
scheduled to be on sale Jan. 25, 2018. Published by Hosei University Press
Written by Sasaki Takashi/ Supervised by Shigyo Sosyu,
￥2,500(excluding tax) 356 pages Favorably on sale at bookstores
The Unamuno's Passion is Resurrected here now.
It will be the definitive book to know the leading Philosopher, Poet, representing the modern Spanish Spirit, Miguel De Unamuno (1864~1936). It approaches his great Human Magnetism and Depth, covering his life confronting the turbulent time from Spanish-American War to Spanish Civil War, and burning his Life continuously on Learning, Critique, Artistic works. It is a revised and substantially enlarged edition of the great book by Sasaki Takashi [Philosophy of Don Quixote―Thought and Life of Unamuno―](Published in 1976, by Kodansha), which Shigyo Sosyu kept reading as his favorite book. It is a rewarding book with additional essays including the literary comparative of “Unamuno and Soseki,” three new essays and others.
Hosei University Web site
[“Spain in the Sight of Toshima Yasumasa” Exhibition]
Apr. 29, 2017 ￥800 (including tax)
Exhibition Catalogue of Instituto Cervantes de Tokio “Spain in the Sight of Toshima Yasumasa” Exhibition is published.
The paintings, photographs and Toshima’s words displayed in “Spain in the Sight of Toshima Yasumasa” Exhibition (Finished) at Instituto Cervantes de Tokio are compiled into an Exhibition Catalogue.
Beginning with the message of Director Antonio Gil de Carrasco of Instituto Cervantes de Tokio, and the works forcusing on Toshima’s stay in Spain, as well as photographs Toshima himself has taken and his words in Spain are introduced in three chapters; the Gaze toward the Landscape, the People, the Still Life. In addition please enjoy a special contribution by Fuchu Art Museum Chief Curator Mr. Shiga Hidetaka, and the leading Spanish violinist Ms. Lina Tur Bonet, and also an article titled “Born to See” by Shigyo Sosyu.
For purchase of this Exhibition Catalogue, please contact Memeorial Gallery of Toshima Yasumasa Management Office.
[Hiten (Sorrow of the Heavens)]―Collection of poems
Apr. 27, 2017 KODANSHA EDITORIAL LTD. Miura Giichi
￥2,500(excluding tax) 372 pages Favorably on sale at bookstores
“Lamentation of life has revived. Miura Giichi has regained his breath.”
This book is the republication of collection of poems [Hiten] by Waka poet Miura Giichi. He is a personage known to have devoted himself to the development of defeated Japan and composed jewels of Waka poems manifesting the soul of Japan all through his life. Shigyo Sosyu highly esteemed Miura Giichi from his young days, and sensed romanticism the Japanese has continuously succeeded from antiquity in his Waka, and has enthusiastically read [Hiten]. However, this [Hiten] was ceased publication for long and rather difficult to obtain it at present. On this republication, Shigyo Sosyu has cooperated in editing and gathering, and contributed the words on book cover band and contributed a writing “On Republication of [Hiten].” In this republication, all of Waka published in [Hiten] in prewar and postwar period, and furthermore, Waka of [Zoku-Hiten (Sequel of Hiten)] organized privately by his bereaved family after his death is included.
This pure, lofty and sorrowful tune of Waka is the soul of Japan itself. It is no exaggeration to say the art accomplished by sacrificing one’s own life has revived in modern Japan.
[The Tragic Sense of Life] (The Collection of Unamuno 3)
Jan. 30, 2017 Hosei University Press
Miguel de Unamuno (Translated by Kanki Keizo /Sasaki Takashi, commentated by Juan Masia)
￥3,500 (Excluding tax) 398 pages
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“Human of Flesh and Blood” Listen to his War Cry!
This volume is a masterpiece of Unamuno known in Spain as the philosopher who cried out the sorrow of human agony longing for immortality. This time a long-awaited republishing has been realized. Shigyo Sosyu recommends this book as his desk-side book from his youth and he often refers to this book as the one that definitely influenced building his own thoughts in his writings. On this occasion of republishing, Shigyo Sosyu has contributed his words on the book-band. We would appreciate it if you take this book in your hands.
[Toshima Yasumasa The Stratum of Existence―Encounter and Recurrence]
Aug. 11, 2016 Memorial Gallery of Toshima Yasumasa (Not for sale)
The vestiges of Toshima’s art are the accumulation of ‘‘The Stratum of Existence.’
“Toshima Yasumasa The Stratum of Existence―Encounter and Recurrence” is a compilation of the lecture by Professor Koike Hisako, Faculty of Literature, Department of Philosophy, Kokugakuin University, to celebrate the publication of the book by Shigyo Sosyu, Director of Memorial Gallery of Toshima Yasumasa, “Solitary Realism―The Art of Toshima Yasumasa―” (by Kodansha Editorial Ltd.). It was held at Instituto Cervantes Tokio, the Spanish National Culture and Education Facility. Professor Koike, the leading authority in the study of medieval art history, has contributed the thesis titled ‘Toshima Yasumasa The Stratum of Existence.’
In this lecture, focusing on Toshima Yasumasa from the perspective of art history, and by comparing with the works of Velázquez, Rouault and Spanish Religious sculptures et al. that Toshima must have appreciated. And exploring how the cultural climate of the racial mixture of Spain where Toshima has painted influenced Toshima’s art―it approaches to ‘Realism of the Soul’ that Toshima pursued.
"[Realismo Solitario] – El arte de Toshima Yasumasa –Exhibition"
Nov. 1, 2015 ¥1,574 (excluding tax)
Exhibition Catalogue of "[Realismo Solitario] - El arte de Toshima Yasumas – Exhibition", under the Auspice of the Embassy of Spain in Japan is published.
Exhibition Catalogue of "[Realismo Solitario] - El arte de Toshima Yasumasa – Exhibition" is published. Along with the opening address of His Excellency the Spanish Ambassador to Japan, Mr. Gonzalo de Benito, and [Art Dialogue] between Mr. Santiago Herrero Amigo, Counselor of Culture, and Shigyo Sosyu, Director of Memorial Gallery of Toshima Yasumasa are included. This novel and architectural Catalogue is designed by a Spanish Architect Ms. Mónica Villalba de Madariaga.
The paintings are introduced both approximately in the exact size and in 1:10 scale. So that the viewers may be able to appreciate the works just as viewed at the exhibition sight. And also the words of Spanish poet García Lorca, words of Toshima Yasumasa and a writing by Shigyo Sosyu "What is Solitary Realism?" may be enjoyed.
* Exhibition Catalogue will not be sold at the Embassy of Spain. Anyone who wishes to purchase this Exhibition Catalogue please contact Memorial Gallery of Toshima Yasumasa Management Office.
Oct. 2011 ~ Jan. 2016 Published by Sankei Shimbun-sha
From Nov. 2011 to Jan. 2014 issues, the drawings of Yasuda Yukihiko from Sosyu Collection appeared on the cover. ¥722(excluding tax)
From Feb. 2014 to Jan. 2016 issues, Color Gravure 'Yugoku no Geijutsu (The Art of Sorrowful Patriotism)' was serialized.
By Color Gravure 'Yugoku no Geijutsu (The Art of Sorrowful Patriotism)', come in contact with Japanese Soul.
In monthly opinion magazine [Seiron], the interview articles that became the base of [Kongen-he (To the Origin)] were serialized from Oct. 2011 to Sep. 2013. And in series of ''Yugoku no Geijutsu (The Art of Sorrowful Patriotism)', Sosyu spoke about his Art Collection from Nov. 2013 to Jan. 2014.
The collections he had referred to in this 'Yugoku no Geijutsu (The Art of Sorrowful Patriotism)' were introduced in the opening gravure every month with his essays. Yasuda Yukihiko, Hakuin, Togo Heihachiro, Nanten-bou, Yamaguchi Takeo, Hirano Ryo, Toshima Yasumasa, et al. How would you like to revive forgotten Japanese Soul by viewing and appreciating these Arts?
From Sep. 2014 ~ Present. Favorably serialized by Wack, Co. ¥824 (excluding tax)
Approach the True Portrait of Shigyo Sosyu – The Way to Bushido -
Shigyo Sosyu, who has established intelligent and unique conception of Life, whoever can he be? By titling the story of the first half of his life to become present [Shigyo Sosyu], as "Bushido he no Michi (The way to Bushido", and it is presently favorably serialized in bimonthly magazine [Rekishitsu]. Becoming acquainted with Mishima Yukio, Kobayashi Hideo and numerous master writers, artists and historical characters, the human life marked by strange vicissitudes of fortune is being told.
[Five Fiery Oil Painters Exhibition]
May 16, 2015. Fuchu Art Museum ¥1,759 (excluding tax)
Sense the Fiery Soul of the Painters
The works of Toshima Yasumasa was displayed in [Five Fiery Oil Painters Exhibition] at Fuchu Art Museum from May 16 to July 5, 2015. This pictorial record is compiled from the works and lives of respective painters, Toshima Yasumasa, Sorimachi Hirohiko, Omori Sakue, Takamori Akira and Yasuda Muneto. In regard to Toshima Yasumasa, comments on 23 paintings and his chronological record and art reviews by Chief Curator Shiga Hidetaka of Fuchu Art Museum may be read.
2009 Surysanbang (Korea) ¥2,777 (excluding tax)
Photographed TOSHIMA's Daily Life Earnestly
Korean photographer Chung Seyoung met Toshima Yasumasa in Granada in 1992. Among the artist in Granada, Toshima, by his personal magnetism, attracted many of the artists regardless of their nationalities. Chung Seyoung earnestly photographed the record of Toshima Yasumasa's true face as a human as well as an artist, in Toshima's atelier in Granada and visiting his Japanese home.
Please see the days of Toshima Yasumasa photographed in [TOSHIMA]. It is written in 4 languages, English, Spanish, Japanese and Korean.
“Yamatoshi Uruhashi (Japan is Beautiful) – Kawabata Yasunari and Yasuda Yukihiko - ”
Sep. 10, 2008 KYURYUDO ¥2,500 (excluding tax)
In Encounter of Yasuda Yukihiko and Kawabata Yasunari, See the Japanese Beauty
From Sep. 2008 to Apr. 2009, in MIHO MUSEUM Exhibition [Yamatoshi Uruhashi (Japan is Beautiful)], numerous works of Yasuda Yukihiko from Shigyo Sosyu Collection was displayed.
The contents of the Exhibition were organized with a beautiful binding and ‘Seisei (Creation)’ from Shigyo Sosyu collection marked the cover. And “A Dialogue with Yukihiko” which Shigyo Sosyu expressed his admiration for Master painter Yasuda Yukihiko is recorded.
And in the photo essay by Mizuhara Sonohiro (Tokyo Office Representative, The Kawabata Foundation), he wrote about his encounters with Shigyo Sosyu and Toshima Yasumasa.
“Kyosho no Me (The Eyes of Maestros) – Kawabata Yasunari and Higashiyama Kaii - ”
Apr. 2014. KYURYUDO ¥2,700 (excluding tax)
Fascinated by [The Eyes of Maestros], the interchanges of Beauty between Higashiyama Kaii and Kawabata Yasunari
Following [Yamatoshi Uruhashi (Japan is Beautiful)] in pursuit of 'Bi no Koryu (Interchange of Beauty)' between Higashiyama and Kawabata, it is a definitive version of a book both of volume and dense contents to introduce the Art collection of these two Maestros. It is composed in the way that eyes of us viewers looking at the photos, should intersect with the eyes of Maestros. It enables us to imagine what two Maestros have gazed at to " Seek, Make, Reserve and Pass down to posterity the Beautiful Things". In well-received Photo Essay, he speaks about Shigyo Sosyu and Memorial Gallery of Toshima Yasumasa.
[Yasuda Yukihiko Exhibition – Rekishi-ga Tanjyo no Kiseki (The Locus of the Birth of History Paintings)]
Mar. 13, 2010. Kawasaki Shimin Museum
[Yasuda Yukihiko Exhibition – Hana o Mederu Kokoro (Admiration for Flowers)]
Mar. 13, 2010. New Otani Art Museum
Fascinated by the Flowers and Lines of Yasuda Yukihiko
From Mar. 13 to Apr. 18, 2010, in both New Otani Art Museum and Kawasakishi Shimin Museum, Yasuda Yukihiko Exhibitions titled [Admiration for Flowers] and [The Locus of the Birth of History Paintings] respectively were held. Sosyu Collection was displayed in both Exhibitions, and by approaching with different perspectives of " Flowers" and "Sketches" , it brought out the fascination of Yasuda Yukihiko. Sosyu has contributed essays for both Exhibition Catalogues of Exhibitions, [Yukihiko ga Iru (Yukihiko Exists)] (New Otani Art Museum) and [Miyabi to Aware no Hazama (The Threshold between Chivalrous Grace and Pathos of Nature)] (Kawasakishi Shimin Museum).
* Both pictorial records are out of print and presently not on sale.
[Taidan Toshima Yasumasa to sono Jidai – Sengo no Musashino Bijyutsu Daigaku (Colloquy: Toshima Yasumasa and his Times – Musashino Art University after the War -]
April 2013 Memorial Gallery of Toshima Yasumasa (not for sale)
Musabi no Atsui Jidai ga Yomigaeru – Toshima Yasumasa to sono Jidai (Hot Exciting Times of Musabi is revived – Toshima Yasumasa and His Times)]
Oil Painter Toshima Yasumasa has studied oil painting and sculpture in Musashino Art School (presently Musashino Art University), from 1950 to the first half of 1960. He has devoted himself in the production of his artwork for quite a long period. Koda Yoji, the President of Musashino Art University (at the time of this colloquy), and Shigyo Sosyu, Director of the Gallery, talks about the Passion and unprecedented, so called the height of Musabi-ism in those days. As Mr. Koda Yoji was a junior to Toshima Yasumasa, he speaks about the background of Musashino Art University in those days, as well as Toshima Yasumasa’s attitude towards Art, his personality, how he was in school and others according to his true experiences. In response to this, Sosyu develops his unique opinion on Musabi and Toshima Yasumasa.
[Ware to Nanji – Yamaguchi Takeo to Toshima Yasumasa no Taiwa- ( "I and You" - Dialogue between Yamaguchi Takeo and Toshima Yasumasa)]
April 2013. Memorial Gallery of Toshima Yasumasa (not for sale)
Yamaguchi Takeo to Toshima Yasumasa no Taiwa o Yomu – Kaiwa ni Hisomu Geijyutsu (Read the Dialogue between Yamaguchi Takeo and Toshima Yasumasa – The Art Hidden in the Dialogue)
Toshima Yasumasa studied in Musashino Art University and after graduation served as an assistant and deeply cherished his alma mater, Musabi. When he entered, Aso Saburo and Yamaguchi Takeo were professors and he seemed to have been the favorite with them. Yamaguchi Takeo particularly supported Toshima mentally in his most agonizing imbroglios. Toshima often visited Yamaguchi’s home and asked advices on his distresses.
This booklet is the documenting of the conversations of the two, recorded by Toshima under the permission of Yamaguchi Takeo. This had been entrusted by Toshima to Shigyo Sosyu in his lifetime. Here the profound dialogue with Yamaguchi Takeo, a man of few words, on his essential view on the Art, his determination to see [Jitsu (Reality)] and close relationship with Saeki Yuzo, et al. are expanded.