March 2020 Message from the Executive Director

Girls’ Day is celebrated on 3rd March across Japan by displaying beautiful hina dolls. 3rd March is also the birthday of Lady Lisa Sainsbury, who along with her husband Sir Robert established our Institute in 1999. Indeed, it was on her birthday in 1998 that she telephoned Nicole Rousmaniere to invite her to become the Founding Director of the […]

Report from Ms. Yoshii Yukiko, Keio University Media Center

I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to visit the Lisa Sainsbury Library on an overseas secondment for three months from late October 2019 to the end of January 2020 as part of a programme established in 2012 between the Sainsbury Institute and Keio University Media Center (Library). Every year, one librarian from Keio […]

Japanese Literature in Norwich

Norwich, as a UNESCO City of Literature, has been the stage for a push towards the development of global creative networks, as shown through the wide range of literature-related events and education programmes happening in the city. At the Sainsbury Institute, we are pleased to see a growing awareness of Japanese literature in the UK […]

Sainsbury Institute – Faculty of Letters, University of Tokyo 5th Winter Programme in British Archaeology and Cultural Heritage

This year’s Winter Programme was an exceptional opportunity for five students from the Faculty of Letters, University of Tokyo to spend ten days with five of their contemporaries from archaeology departments in the UK exploring British heritage. Our focus was the Neolithic of Wessex with in depth lectures and tours of the World Heritage Landscapes […]