January 2021 Message from the Executive Director

あけましておめでとうございます。 On behalf of everyone at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, we wish you a very Happy New Year! We fervently hope that 2021 will be a year of recovery and rebuilding, with vaccines offering the promise of light despite the current winter gloom, beset by tightening restrictions in […]

Soundscapes and a Japanese take on East Anglian archaeology

East Anglia has some of the most important archaeological sites in the country, all of which are of international significance. And yet none of them has achieved recognition through inscription as UNESCO World Heritage. They include: the earliest evidence for human occupation in northern Europe, footprints left just short of a million years ago on […]

A book recommendation: The Hunting Gun by Inoue Yasushi

Collaboration is essential in art. To me, the last Aldeburgh Festival of Music and Art (held in 2019) had a distinct Japanese flavour. The accompanying guidebook included an essay by the Executive Director of SISJAC, Simon Kaner, exploring the relationship between Japanese and East Anglian prehistoric archaeology. The pianist Stephen Hough also played Oliver Knussen’s […]

Report for the talk: “Reflections on four decades of fascination with Japan” in conversation with Bill Emmott

Bill Emmott is Chair of the Japan Society of the UK. In 2016 he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun for his services to Japanese relations. He has published several books on Japan including the post-bubble best-seller The Sun Also Sets: The Limits to Japan’s Economic Power. Despite this, he still thinks of […]