February 2024 message from the Executive Director

A very warm welcome to our February ebulletin. Here at The Close, the daphnes (or jinchōge in Japanese) are in bloom and greeting visitors to the Institute with the first glimpses of spring – we often have members of the public wander into our car park at this time of year drawn in by the […]

Report on the talk ‘Kabuki’s Nineteenth Century: Stage and Print in Early Modern Edo’

Dr Jonathan Zwicker recently published his book, Kabuki’s Nineteenth Century: Stage and Print in Early Modern Edo (Oxford University Press, 2023). In his work, he highlights a local private library in Tsumago, situated in the south-eastern part of Nagano. Tsumago is notable for being a post town on the Nakasendō, one of the five main […]

Workshop report: Re-thinking Japonisme: Digitisation of the V&A’s collection of Japanese illustrated books and researching its formation in the late 19th century

From 20th November to 1st December 2023, the project to digitise the collection of Japanese illustrated books took place at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Titled ‘Re-thinking Japonisme: Digitisation of the V&A’s collection of Japanese illustrated books and researching its formation in the late 19th century’, the project is funded by the International Joint Digital […]