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Formerly Lecture Hall 6 of Sendai Medical College
〈 Tohoku University Lu Xun Lecture Hall 〉

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This building currently stands to the south of the former Natural History, Physics and Chemistry Lecture Rooms of Sendai Medical College, as if hiding behind it.

The built-in tables and chairs are placed in steps, like stairs, rising from the east toward the west.

They say that Lu Xun often used to sit in the third row from the front.

At the front of the eastern side of the building, we can see remnants from when this building was connected to the Natural History, Physics and Chemistry Lecture Rooms.

The literary giant, Lu Xun, looked up to Professor Genkuro Fujino as being his mentor. Professor Fujino mainly gave lectures on anatomy, and would mark Lu Xun’s notebooks in red with detailed and attentive corrections.

Photographed: 1910

Formerly Lecture Hall 6 of Sendai Medical College

<Tohoku University Lu Xun Lecture Hall>

Years
Built in 1904 / Relocated around 1924 & 1935
Structure:
Wooden Single-storey building
Building area:
138㎡

This building served as the Natural History, Physics and Chemistry Lecture Rooms within the site of the Sendai Medical College. The Nanking clapboard exterior wall is painted white, and the building has a tiled roof with gables, and vertically long windows. Inside this building is a lecture room featuring a lecture platform, with built-in tables and chairs rising in steps from the platform in a stair-like manner. When the building was first built, it faced 180-degree in the other direction, and was attached to the eastern side of the former Natural History, Physics and Chemistry Lecture Rooms of Sendai Medical College (Tohoku University Administration Building 3). The buildings were separated around 1924, and this lecture room building was relocated to the southern side. After that, around 1935, it was relocated to the west and turned around approximately 180-degrees to its current placement. The great Chinese literary master, Zhou Shuren who was known by his pen name of Lu Xun, studied in this room when he attended the Sendai Medical College as an exchange student. This lecture hall is where basic courses were held in such subjects as the German language, physics, and chemistry. During Lu Xun’s stay here at the Sendai Medical College, which lasted approximately a year and a half from 1904, he met Professor Fujino, whom he held in the highest respect throughout his lifetime. And it was also during his stay here that, with the slide of the Russo-Japanese war and other incidents, he made the major decision to change his career path from medicine to literature. These buildings’ rich history remains an attraction and inspiration to many.

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