Issue 05 October 2013

Dear Friends and Supporters,  To date the Sainsbury Institute quarterly e-magazine has been issued four times, concluding a full circle, and we are delighted to enter the second year of its publication. Our Friends scheme, which started around the same time, has also reached its first birthday. I would like to thank our friends and […]

Letter from our Fellow: Nancy Broadbent Casserley

I was delighted to receive a short-term Lisa and Robert Sainsbury Fellowship in the autumn of 2012. The Fellowship provided a wonderful opportunity for me to extend my research on washi, or handmade Japanese paper, in two ways: I curated an exhibition on washi held at Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) in the spring of 2013, and […]

My Japan: Audrey Sansbury Talks

Audrey Sansbury Talks on Japan, her family and her book, A Tale of Two Japans: Ten Years to Pearl Harbor Cover of A Tale of Two Japans. And Japan, I thought, I shall go back to Japan. So begins Audrey’s book. Since leaving the country of her birth, as war approached in 1941, Audrey has never […]

The Sainsbury Institute Abroad: Summer in Niigata

This summer, Nicole Rousmaniere, Research Director of the Sainsbury Institute, and Simon Kaner, Head of the Centre for Archaeology and Heritage, were invited to spend a week in Niigata prefecture. Although known as ‘Snow Country’, the setting for Nobel Laureate Kawabata Yasunari’s famous novel, in the heat of August (high 30s centigrade on a cooler […]

The Institute and Our Community: Norwich University of the Arts

In addition to the Sainsbury Institute’s strong relationship with the University of East Anglia as our principle academic partner, one of the other members of the academic community in Norwich to which our Institute belongs is Norwich University of the Arts, or NUA. Just a stone’s throw from us and also in the historic centre […]

Museums in Japan: Niigata Prefectural Museum of History

One of the core research strands of the Institute is Japanese Archaeology and Heritage. On this edition of our e-magazine, we would like to introduce to you one of the leading Japanese museums in this area. This piece was written by Miyao Toru, Curator at the Niigata Prefectural Museum of History. Miyao-san first visited the […]

Treasures of the Library: Nampō Gafu: Album of Birds and Flowers

I would like to start my article for this e-magazine with a request to our readers to enlighten me on the album I am introducing here. Red and white plum blossom from Nampō Gafu: Album of Birds and Flowers. The book is bound in an accordion fold format and appears to have no evidence or […]

Interview with Supporters: Sir Hugh Cortazzi

Sadly, Sir Hugh Cortazzi left us 14 August 2018. The interveiw was conducted in October 2013. Sir Hugh Cortazzi Sir Hugh Cortazzi has been a guiding force in Anglo-Japanese relationship for well over six decades. Former British Ambassador to Japan, he has been one of the most dedicated and passionate supporters of the Sainsbury Institute […]