Crosscurrents of Courtly Exchange

A conference related to the exhibition Japan: Courts and Culture We are delighted to announce that tickets for the conference Crosscurrents of Courtly Exchange, which will take place on Tuesday 14th – Wednesday 15th February, are available now for purchase from Royal Collection Trust’s website. Organised by Royal Collection Trust in collaboration with the Sainsbury […]

December 2022 Message from the Acting Director

As preparations for the festive season get into full swing, it is quite insightful to reflect how rapidly and profoundly the world has changed since last December. In the UK, we have seen a return to in-person events and an almost total loosening of restrictions related to the pandemic. Only last February, as the first […]

Report on the talk ‘Dealing with Disasters through Art: Japanese Artists and Their Strategies’

In this time of the climate crisis, war in Ukraine, and economic instability, Professor Hans Bjarne Thomsen’s Third Thursday Lecture on November 17 looked at the visual representation and lessons from one single historical disaster—the 1855 Ansei-Edo Earthquake. The case study is part of a broader project by Prof. Thomsen that looks at the long […]

Digitising the Chiddingstone Castle Collection of Japanese Lacquer: A Workshop Report

On the 11th of October, a workshop on digitising Japanese urushi lacquerwares was held at Chiddingstone Castle as part of the project supported by the Ishibashi Foundation Digital Futures Initiative. Led by Dr Ryoko Matsuba and assisted by Naomi Collick, curator at the Castle and Yuhan Ji, Ishibashi Foundation Digital Project Officer, the workshop is […]