Please accept our best wishes for the summer from everyone at the Sainsbury Institute.
In Japan, July is the season of the Tanabata festival, marking the ancient Chinese story of the separation of two lovers, the Weaving Princess and the Cow-Herd across the Milky Way. It is also when the rainy season gives way to the heat of summer, a time of transition normally marked in the ancient capital of Kyoto by the Gion Festival – this year taking a digital turn thanks in part to our friends at Ritsumeikan University. This year, of course, everything is different and, as I write, our thoughts are very much with everyone affected by the terrible torrential rains affecting western and central Japan.
We continue to work from home and to adjust our programmes to the new circumstances. Applications are now open for our Online Summer Programme in Japanese Cultural Studies which will run from 27 July to 7 August and for the new MA in Interdisciplinary Japanese Studies, which will be taught through a blend of online and small-group face-to-face learning from this autumn. Why not try your hand with our Norwich Origami Canary which takes flight this week to encourage applications. And we continue our series of online Third Thursdays, with a very special event on 16 July marking the publication of a wonderful new book on Japanese art in the Royal Collections.
I hope you enjoy the contributions to this issue, which include: Uchiyama Atsuko on Japanese art in the Royal Collections; revisiting Yen-Yi Chan’s exploration of the stunning Nan’endo at Kofukuji Temple in Nara; a reflection on a beautiful piece of blue glassware in the Cortazzi Collection, perfect for cooling us down on the hot days of summer, by our Librarian Hirano Akira; and an update on our collaboration with the National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo by Miwako Hayashi Bitmead.
July 2020 Message from the Executive Director暑中お見舞い申し上げます。Please accept our best wishes for the summer from everyone at the Sainsbury Institute. In...
The book ‘Japan: Courts and Culture’ has just been publishedSISJAC has been working with Royal Collection Trust in a supportive role to help to...
Tobunken – Sainsbury Institute Research Collections Database ProjectThis month marks seven years of our first-ever collaborative database project with the esteemed Tokyo...
Report for the talk “Online Lecture: The Kōfukuji Nan’endō and Its Buddhist Art: Building a Realm of Death, Memory, and Family”In the second half of the first millennium CE Japan experienced a florescence of artistic...
Treasures of the Library: Lazuline Glass Vase with Translucent LipYou may be acquainted with the Cortazzi Collections in the Lisa Sainsbury Library, such as...