Tohoku University Homecoming Day 2016

Homecoming Day 2016

The largest alumni event on the annual calendar will be held on Saturday, October 29 at Tohoku University Centennial Hall.

Homecoming Day is a chance for alumni to revisit the campus, meet with former teachers, friends and current students. We also invite friends of the university to come and spend the day with us. There will be concerts, talks, exhibitions and myriad stalls throughout the day. Tohoku University's museum and botanical gardens will also waive their entrance fees to Homecoming Day guests.

The School Festival will be held simultaneously at the nearby Kawauchi Campus from Friday, October 28~October 30, so come on down and bring the family!

Stalls in Front of Tohoku University Centennial Hall 11:00~5:00pm

Stalls will feature a range of goods including original cakes, cookies and sweets created especially for Homecoming Day by local patisseries. But get in quick, because they go fast!

Programme of Events

Lobby Concert 1:00 ~ 4:50pm

There will be entertainment throughout the afternoon in the lobby of the Tohoku University Centennial Hall.

  • Traditional Japanese Music Club 1:00~1:30pm
    Musicians from the university's Traditional Japanese Music Club will play popular folk songs on traditional instruments such as the shakuhachi (bamboo flute), koto (harp), and shamisen (three-stringed guitar).
  • Rakugo 1:40~2:20pm
    The rakugo club will entertain through the 400-year-old tradition of Japanese comic storytelling. Rakugo is a minimalistic performance art, which features a lone storyteller dressed in kimono, kneeling on a cushion, and using minimal props to help tell a story.
  • A Capella Chorus 3:30~3:55pm
    Tohoku University's A capella Chorus, formally known as the "Del Mundo" a capella circle, has more than 180 members. They can often be found performing in ensemble groups around the country.
  • Aoba Joshi Men's Choir 4:00~4:25pm
    Sendai's popular all-male choir is set to give a dynamic performance of more than 40 songs. There is something for everyone in their repertoire, ranging from popular animation theme songs to local folk melodies.
  • WageStarz 4:30~4:50pm
    Local chorus group Wagestarz, will entertain with a colourful repertoire of songs, ranging from classical numbers, to gospel and J-pop.
Exhibitions in the Lobby 11am~5:15pm
  • Calligraphy club
  • Photography club

Special Lecture and Exhibition to Mark the 100th Anniversary of Soseki Natsume's Death

A hundred years on from the death of literary master Soseki Natsume, his works remain of great importance and relevance to contemporary Japan. In memory of his contribution to the Arts, there will be a special lecture and exhibition on Homecoming Day. All lectures will be in Japanese.

Special Lecture

Kawauchi Hagi Hall 1:10pm~4:00pm (doors open at 12:30pm)

  • Lecture 1: The Faculty of Arts and Letters & the Soseki Connection
    Professor Koichi Hasegawa, Graduate School of Arts and Letters
  • Lecture 2: Soseki's Charm and His Collection
    Dr. Aki Akama, Curator, Sendai Literature Museum
  • Keynote Speech:The Soseki in Me
    Dr. Kenichiro Mogi, Brain scientist

The Soseki Collection ~ Records of a literary master
Date: Monday, October 3 ~ Friday, November 11
Time: 10am~5pm
Venue: Multi-purpose Room, Tohoku University Library (Map)

Homecoming Day Concert

Kawauchi Hagi Hall 5:00~7:15pm
500 yen per ticket. All tickets are for unreserved seats and can be bought on the day.

Performance Schedule:
Tohoku University Mixed Alumni Choir
Tohoku University Men's Alumni Choir
Tohoku University Men's Choir
Tohoku University Mixed Choir
Tohoku University Traditional Japanese Music Club
Tohoku University Brass Band Club
Tohoku University Orchestra

Tohoku University Orchestra, Men's choir + alumni, Women's choir + alumni, Mixed choir + alumni, graduates and locals.

Free Entrance to Selected University Facilities on Homecoming Day

All guests are invited to visit the following university facilities on Homecoming Day. For facilities with entrance fees, please tell reception of your participation at Homecoming Day.


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Tel: +81-22-217-4816
Fax: +81-22-217-4818

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