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 […]

Report on the talk ‘The Shōsōin Imperial Treasury: Reinterpretations’

In an exquisitely illustrated and engagingly delivered lecture, Yukio Lippit, Jeffrey T. Chambers and Andrea Okamura Professor of the History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University, introduced us to a series of striking new interpretations of the Shōsōin, the 8th century imperial treasury at Tōdaiji in Nara, widely regarded as containing the most important […]

Heritage Open Days 2023

Japanese Performers in 19th – 20th century Norfolk On Saturday 16th September 2023, the Sainsbury Institute was delighted to open it doors to the public as part of Heritage Open Days. Welcoming visitors throughout the day, a variety of materials and information from the various research projects across the Institute was available for the public […]

Report on the talk ‘Nihonga – Restyling the Past and Present in Modern Japanese Painting’

In the Sainsbury Institute’s final Third Thursday Lecture of 2023, we were allowed to delve into the new nihonga collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The lecture, titled Nihonga: Restyling the Past and Present in Modern Japanese Painting, was given by Dr John Carpenter, who is currently the Mary Griggs Burke Curator of Japanese […]