From March 3 till April 17, Akita University Mining Museum is holding a special exhibition in honor of Masumi Sugae (1754-1829). This special exhibition was held in cooperation with Ani Cultural Preservation Tradition Museum which held the same exhibition from October 30, 2015 till February 14.
In the exhibition room, there were 74 panels with things such as commentaries, maps, and pictures displayed. There were also pictures that Masumi Sugae (traveler, naturalist) drew. Visitors can compare his art with actual photographs of the places of interest from where he probably drew them.
On the first day, Professor Tadao Imai, editorial supervisor for this exhibition, conducted a gallery talk as an opening event. He explained by using a map where Mr. Sugae traveled. During the late Edo period, Mr. Sugae was interested in travelling to Hokkaido, He traveled there, ended up living there, and then after lived in Aomori, and then moved to Akita. Mr. Sugae wrote three travel diaries when he traveled in Ani. In the diary he recorded the places of interest in Ani by writing, drawing, and writing waka (a kind Japanese poem) such as Shiraito Waterfalls, Mt. Moriyoshi, and Ani Mine. Professor Imai said, "There are a lot of places that have changed since Mr. Sugae drew his pictures because of coastal management work and afforestation."
The 30 people who participated in the gallery talk listened to his lecture seriously. Even after the gallery talk some people went back to see the displays again. It seemed like they had a deep interest in this special exhibition.