July 2024 message from the Executive Director

In late June the United Kingdom hosted a State Visit by their Imperial Majesties, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako of Japan. Although they were not able to visit Norwich on this occasion, we were honoured to be invited to a reception organised by the Japan Society, the Japan Association and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce […]

Report on ‘Binding colours through textiles: Yunoki Samiro’s journey in arts and crafts’

Over two days at the beginning of July we welcomed an outstanding group of scholars and curators to the Institute for a workshop organised by our Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow, Dr Rosanna Rios Perez, marking the passing this year of Samiro Yunoki (1922-2024), one of the key figures in the Mingei movement, who worked […]

Report on the talk ‘Ways of Learning: An Apprentice Boatbuilder in Japan’

It was a pleasure to attend a lecture by Douglas Brooks on the history and future of Japanese traditional wooden boats. Brooks, an enthusiastic writer and researcher, has dedicated significant time to studying the craft from Japanese masters, providing unique insights into this ancient tradition. Before attending this lecture, my knowledge of Japanese wooden boat […]