May 2022 Message from the Executive Director

Last week the Sainsbury Institute visited two superb exhibitions in London: Kyôsai: the Israel Goldman Collection at the Royal Academy, and Japan: Courts and Culture at the Queen’s Gallery, in Buckingham Palace. We thank the curators, Koto Sadamura, our own Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow, and Rachel Peat, of the Royal Collections Trust respectively. In […]

Teaching, Travelling, Research

Zoe Shipley writes about her experience after finishing the MA I feel very lucky to have been part of the inaugural cohort of SISJAC’s MA in Interdisciplinary Japanese Studies and I thoroughly enjoyed the entire course. Simultaneously, I tried to teach myself Japanese and I quickly realised that to attain anything like proficiency, I needed […]

Nara to Norwich: art and belief at the ends of the Silk Roads, AD 500-1100

Later this month our Executive Director Simon Kaner and Andy Hutcheson, Research Fellow in our Centre for Archaeology and Heritage, will be speaking, albeit online, at the Annual Meeting of the Japanese Archaeological Association, at the invitation of the Japanese Journal of Archaeology. We will be using the opportunity to launch the first part of […]

Why be polite when you can be Kyōsai?: Report on the talk “Spontaneous and Playful: Kawanabe Kyōsai as a Performer”

Listening to Dr Koto Sadamura’s rich visual lecture on a 19th century Japanese painter (a must watch for those who missed it), it occurred to me that being an artist is, perhaps, like being a translator. To a large extent, artists translate their interpretation of reality into some form of creative expression in a language […]

Online Summer Programme in Japanese Cultural Studies

Save the Date: 3rd Online Summer Programme in Japanese Cultural Studies: “Tourism and Heritage in Post-Lockdown Japan”, 1 – 12 August 2022 We are pleased to announce that the Centre for Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia will once again host its Online Summer Programme in Japanese Cultural Studies, to run from 1 […]