Issue 02 January 2013

Dear Friends and supporters of the Sainsbury Institute,  The year of the snake brought with it much snow and freezing temperatures to Norwich. We hope that you will enjoy the second edition of our e-magazine in the warmth and comfort of your home or office. If you appreciated our first e-edition, you will be delighted […]

Custom and Culture: Japanese National Holidays

January, February, March Despite its reputation as a sober, industrious nation, Japan has a well-established if surprising tradition of celebrations enshrined in law. Each of these non-working days reveals something of Japanese psyche, culture and history, so in this issue we continue our series on National Holidays by looking at observances in January, February and […]

The Institute and Our Community

Heritage Open Days comes to 64 The Close On a balmy Saturday morning in early September we opened the doors of the Norwich headquarters of the Sainsbury Institute for Heritage Open Days, a chance for the public to access historic buildings which they cannot usually enter. For my colleagues of the Sainsbury Institute (most of […]

Letters from Fellows at the Sainsbury Institute

From Gyewon Kim This last academic year, during which I have been The Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow at The Sainsbury Institute, has been a highly productive and creative experience. I gave several presentations, wrote and edited my research for publication and organized a successful specialist workshop on rumours, secrets and images. My talks on […]

The Sainsbury Institute Abroad

An Internship at the Museum of Asian Art in Corfu: Kumquats and Japanese Art Among the things a traveller to Corfu sees in almost every souvenir shop is a small citrus fruit, the Kumquat. It was great surprise to me, a Japanese visiting Greece for the first time, to see that the kinkan, as the Kumquat is […]

Treasures of the Library

“The history of Japan : giving an account of the ancient and present state and government of that empire, of its temples, palaces, castles and other buildings, of its metals, minerals, trees, plants, animals, birds and fishes, of the chronology and succession of the emperors, ecclesiastical and secular, of the original descent, religions, customs, and […]

Museums in Japan

Kyushu Ceramic Museum Professor Ōhashi Kōji, Director emeritus of the Kyushu Ceramic Museum, and Sotheby’s Senior Fellow of the Sainsbury Institute for 2012 travelled to England twice in 2012 in order to conduct research on the British Museum’s extensive collection of Japanese ceramics. Professor Ōhashi has worked at the Kyushu Ceramic Museum since its foundation […]

Interview with Founders and Staff

Dame Elizabeth Esteve-Coll:Part 2 The Formation of the Sainsbury Institute: Staffing and 64 The Close In this second instalment of the creation of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Art and Cultures, Professor Nicole Rousmaniere, the Founding Director and currently Research Director, continues her interview with Dame Elizabeth Esteve-Coll. Dame Elizabeth is the […]