March 2024 message from the Executive Director

A very warm welcome to the March edition of our e-bulletin. Here in Norwich, we are pleased to see the return of lighter evenings and spring flowers starting to appear. For our February Third Thursday Lecture, we delivered a special report on the current situation in Wajima following the devastating earthquake on New Year’s Day […]

Report on the talk ‘A cry from Wajima’

The Third Thursday Lecture on the 15th of February was dedicated to a report on the current situation in Wajima, Noto prefecture. On the 1st of January, a devastating earthquake hit the area. The aim of the lecture was to explain the impact of the disaster on the Japanese lacquer, or urushi, industry. We learned […]

Snow, Sketches and (photo)Shoots at the Hokusai-kan Museum

From the 23rd to the 25th January 2024, Dr Ryoko Matsuba (Sainsbury Institute) and I travelled up to snowy Nagano prefecture to visit the small town of Obuse. Here, nestled among the fields and mountains, we found what we were looking for: the Hokusai-kan Museum. Opened in 1976, this museum is dedicated to the works […]