January 2024 message from the Executive Director

I am sure that our readers are aware of the troubled start to the New Year in Japan. Our prayers and sympathies are with all those affected by the earthquake that brought so much devastation to the lacquer-producing city of Wajima, the surrounding areas of the Noto Peninsula and much of the Japan Sea coast […]

Digitising the Sword Ornament Collection at the National Museum of Scotland: A Workshop Report

From 17th – 21st July 2023, I participated in a one-week workshop led by Dr Ryoko Matsuba, Sainsbury Institute Lecturer in Japanese Digital Arts and Humanities. The aim of the workshop was to digitise tsuba鍔 (sword guard) and other sword ornament collections at the National Museum of Scotland as part of the Ishibashi Digital Futures initiative. […]

December 2023 message from the Executive Director

Japan continues to surprise. I write to you from Kitaakita city, famous for its World Heritage Jomon period stone circles at Isedotai, overlooking the stunning scenery of the beech-clad Shirakami mountain range straddling the border between Akita and Aomori prefectures. The automatic doors leading into my hotel have been deactivated. Why? To stop the bears […]