Support for Art, Culture, and Education

 Community involvement and development

The Marubeni Group has a collection of about 600 paintings, 400 classical Japanese garments, and 600 garment design drawings. These items are carefully maintained by dedicated conservators and are sometimes loaned out for exhibitions.

The Marubeni Collection

The Marubeni Collection is broadly focused on two main categories: paintings and garments. In the painting collection, some pieces were purchased by Marubeni from artists and galleries it has encountered through its business activities, others were received as gifts from business partners, and still others were acquired in the course of Marubeni's painting business, which continued from the mid-1960s through the 1970s. In the garment collection, the pieces have been collected since 1929, in the days of Marubeni Shoten, Ltd., when the Company began purchasing garments including costumes use for Noh, a form of classical Japanese musical drama, in order to research costume design. The collection also includes Edo-period short-sleeved kosode kimonos, and kimonos created by modern designers.
Today, exhibitions of part of the Marubeni Collection have become a centerpiece of Marubeni's corporate arts and cultural support activities and social contribution programs. By handing these sorts of invaluable cultural treasures to future generations in the best possible condition, Marubeni aims to contribute to Japanese culture. The paintings and classical Japanese garments are stored and managed in an air-conditioned arts storeroom to prevent degradation, and restoration works is commissioned as necessary to specialists. Most of the classical Japanese garments have been entrusted to Kyoto Prefecture and are cared for properly.

Exhibition of the Marubeni Collection Held at the Museum of Kyoto

  • Lady Yodo's Kosode (The Restoration)Lady Yodo's Kosode (The Restoration)

The Museum of Kyoto held the “Exhibition of the Marubeni Collection: Commemoration for Depository to Kyoto Prefecture” from April 3 to May 16, 2013.
Marubeni deposited over 300 items in Kyoto, including kosode kimonos and costumes use for Noh from the Edo Period, all from the Marubeni Collection, which were collected to use as a reference to create kimonos. Among the deposited collections, superior articles such as kosode and fragments of kosode produced from the Edo Period to the present were exhibited this time, and they were very popular among all visitors, with some exclaiming, “These are worth seeing.”

Lending of Period Costumes and Donation of Modern Kimonos to Burkina Faso

Marubeni, through former Japan's ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Burkina Faso, Mr. Tsutomu Sugiura (former Marubeni employee), lent five period costumes from the Marubeni Collection and donated five modern kimonos to the 13th Ouagadougou International Art Fair, held from October 26 to November 4, 2012.
Beginning in 1988, this bi-annual event is the largest international fair in Africa and is visited by approximately 300,000 people from Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. At this year's fair, Japan was designated as a special guest nation, and at the Japan Pavilion various areas of Japanese culture were introduced, of which the period costumes from the Marubeni Collection were the highlight.
According to Ambassador Sugiura, this is the first time that Japanese period costumes have been exhibited in West Africa. They were highly popular and many local attendees expressed their thrill at having been shown such exceptional items.

An Exhibition of the Marubeni “Kimono” Collection

  • Kosode with design of lattice fence and floral roundels Stencil dyeing and embroidery on white figured silk satin (Middle Edo Period)

In fiscal 2011, 30 items from the Marubeni collection were loaned out to the Museum of Kyoto for a special exhibition on kosode kimono.

Support for Culture

Supported Art Exhibition: “Farming Villages and Produce in Chile”

  • Master artist Joaquín Solo de Zaldívar

Marubeni supported the “Farming Villages and Produce in Chile” art exhibition by the Chilean realist painter, Mr. Joaquín Solo de Zaldívar (sponsored by the Embassy of Chile in Japan, October 1–6, 2013).
Marubeni has been contributing to the development of Chile for many years through the trading of metal resources, farm and marine products, and woodchips and pulp, etc., as well as through many business investment projects (involving copper, water, and automobiles, etc.) since the company set up a business foothold in Santiago in 1957. Therefore, the company has agreed to cooperate on the cultural exchange project of the Embassy of Chile in Japan.

Biography of Master Artist Joaquín Solo de Zaldívar
Graduated from the Art Department of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile; private exhibitions held in various places, including New York, Santiago and other Chilean cities, resulting in building a favorable reputation; won the “Landscape Award” and “Environmental Painting Award” from Chilean Museum of Fine Arts 

Support for Education

Accepting Japanese Students for Company Visits

Marubeni promotes career education to help junior and senior high school students to develop their perspectives on working and occupations. As part of this effort, the Company encourages company visits and training sessions for students. In the year ended March 31, 2014, Marubeni received student visits from 27 schools at its worksites.

Mesaieed power plant in Qatar hosts students from the Japan School of Doha

  • Students from the Japan School of DohaStudents from the Japan School of Doha

In May 2015, Mesaieed power plant in Qatar, a project in which Marubeni is participating, hosted a group of over 50 elementary and junior high school students from the Japan School of Doha who were visiting for a field study.
The general manager of the Marubeni Doha Office and others involved in the power plant also joined in the field study in which participants were given an outline of the power plant, a plant tour, and an experience of spraying water with fire truck.
The students paid great attention to the explanation and happily learned about the importance of power and safety.
Marubeni is working to contribute to the local society through the stable provision of energy as a part of its CSR activities.

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