December 2020 Message from the Executive Director

December is the season of the bônenkai 忘年会 in Japan – a party for seeing out the old year, albeit for so many of us this year festive get-togethers will be in a reduced form, inevitably reliant on the technology of the screen to reunite us. With Covid-19 infections on the rise again across Japan, […]

Report for the talk “Online Lecture: Kōgei 2020 in context”

The exhibition Kōgei 2020 – The Art of Crafting Beauty from Nature was held at the Hyōkeikan of Tokyo National Museum from 21 September to 15 November this year as part of Japan Cultural Expo. Despite the disruption 2020 has witnessed, the exhibition was able to go ahead, albeit under changed conditions. In this Third […]

New Publication Announcement: Bokujinkai: Japanese Calligraphy and the Postwar Avant-Garde by Eugenia Bogdanova-Kummer

We are delighted to announce that, in December 2020, a book on postwar Japanese avant-garde calligraphy by Dr Eugenia Bogdanova-Kummer, Lecturer in Japanese arts and culture at SISJAC, has been published. Bokujinkai: Japanese Calligraphy and the Postwar Avant-Garde (Brill, Japanese Visual Culture Series 19, 2020) crowns a decade of ground-breaking research, methodological innovation , and meticulous […]