Issue 07 May 2014

Dear Friends, supporters and Japanese arts and culture enthusiasts,  Welcome to the spring 2014 edition of our e-magazine. After a mild winter, spring came very quickly to Norwich. Our sake tasting event in early March was just in time to coincide with the last of the cherry blossoms in the Cathedral Close. In this edition, […]

Letter from Our Fellow

John Szostak I was privileged to be selected as a Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellowship for the 2010-11 academic year, during which I researched the modern Japanese painter Tsuchida Bakusen (1887–1936) and the artists that formed the fellowship of the the Kokuga Society, an important exhibition collective founded in Kyoto in 1918. I had been […]

My Japan

Andi Sapey: From the Eyes of a Photographer Award winning photographer, Andi Sapey, has helped capture some of the most memorable moments at the Sainsbury Institute. A trusted eye behind the lens and a key asset to the Institute, we asked Andi his links to Japan and what compels him to visit the country over […]

The Institute and Our Community

South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection (SADACC) The charm of Norwich is perhaps its rich history and heritage with a plentiful mix of world culture thrown in. South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection Trust (SADACC) nestled in the Norwich city centre is one of the firmly established art organizations that paint Norwich as one […]

The Sainsbury Institute Abroad

Crafted Heritage: Celebrating 60 Years Of Traditional Craft Practice in Japan 2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the annual Japanese Traditional Craft Association exhibitions. As part of the celebration a major exhibition at the Tokyo National Museum took place early this year from 15 January. The show featured works by all 104 artists and craftsmen designated […]

Treasures of the Library

Let me first draw your attention to the image below. While it is difficult from a computer screen to detect the subtle texture, colour and lustre, the textile sample shown here is a woven fabric rather than an embroidered piece. This is one of 15 textile samples in the Lisa Sainsbury Library holdings entitled ‘History […]

Museums in Japan

Nezu Museum Nezu Museum is often described as the tranquil sanctuary reached through a bamboo passage just off of the bustling fashion district of Omotesandō. Regarded as one of the finest museums of Japanese and East Asian art, their collection boasts seven works designated as National Treasures. These, in addition to the 87 works designated […]

Interview with Patrons

Sir Tim Lankester Sir Tim Lankester is a member of our Management Board. After a distinguished career with HM Treasury, the World Bank and IMF, and as Private Secretary (Economic Affairs) to Prime Ministers James Callaghan and Margaret Thatcher, Sir Tim re-entered the world of academia as Director of SOAS and then President of Corpus […]