November 2023 message from the Executive Director

Good news for those of us with Kansai affiliations as the Hanshin Tigers (we are talking baseball just in case you don’t know) won the SMBC Japan Series 2023 – the first time in 38 years. I was living in Hyogo prefecture, home to the Hanshin Tigers’ own Koshien Stadium in 1985 last time this […]

Transdisciplinary dialogues in contemporary Japanese architecture and culture

A workshop at the Manchester Technology Centre, 1st November 2023. A group of 25 colleagues from the Manchester School of Architecture (MSA), joined by Julian Worrall (Professor of Architecture at the University of Tasmania), Thomas Daniell (Professor of Architectural History, Theory and Criticism at Kyoto University), Professor Adrian Favell (Professor of Social and Political Theory […]

Reconnections along the Silk Roads: restoring and reconstructing textiles from afar

The International Association for the Study of Silk Road Textiles: Norwich, 15-19 October 2023 Norwich was one of the great silk cities, and worsted and silk shawls produced here were an important component of the trade that underpinned the city’s wealth. It was therefore both apposite and an honour for us to host the International […]

Report on the talk ‘Princess Iron Fan (1941) at the Crossroads of Cultures: Chinese animation and its imprints in Japanese visual culture’

I came to this lecture with a deep affection for the Wan brothers’ beautiful film ‘Princess Iron Fan’, and a little knowledge of the relationships between Chinese and Japanese animation in the 1940s. By the time Dr. Yang finished speaking, I felt that my horizons had been expanded to include a new area of exploration […]

Digitising the Chiddingstone Castle Collection of Japanese Lacquer: a workshop report, part 2

This report explores two workshops that were carried out at Chiddingtsone Castle as part of the Ishibashi Digital Futures initiative. You can read about the first workshop, that took place back October 2022, here. The aim of this project was to digitise some of the very impressive and varied Japanese lacquer collection at Chiddingstone Castle, […]