Issue 09 Autumn 2014

Dear Friends and Supporters,  We are delighted to deliver our quarterly e-magazine.With warm regards, Mami MizutoriExecutive Director

My Japan

Mike Barrett OBE Mike Barrett OBE is a devoted supporter of the Sainsbury Institute and serves as a member of the Institute’s Management Board. With a wealth of knowledge, experience and understanding of Japan as Director of the British Council in Japan for most of the 90s, he has been instrumental in helping UK institutions […]

Letters from Our Fellows: Ryan Holmberg

As a Sainsbury Fellow in the spring of 2014, I conducted intensive research about the history of Japanese comics (manga) in the 1950s and 60s. This was an era that witnessed the development of many of the genres and styles that define Japanese comics to the present day. It was also the period in which […]

Museums in Japan

MOA Museum of Art Perched atop Mount Momoyama in the balmy seaside resort town of Atami, MOA Museum of Art houses iconic works by key figures in the international art world. A short trip out of Tokyo and into Shizuoka prefecture, MOA Museum is a modern, spacious and human space with a world-class collection, pristine […]

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 […]

Treasures of the Library

Curt Adoph Netto, who authored Papier-Shmetterlinge aus Japan, is perhaps a less well-known name even amongst the more versed Japanese art enthusiasts. Netto arrived in Japan in the early Meiji period as oyatoi gaikokujin, or foreign advisors hired by the Japanese government. He worked as the first Professor of Geology as well as Mining and Metallurgy at […]

Interview with Patrons

Dr Hugh Firth remembers his father Sir Raymond Firth A perceptive visitor to the Sainsbury Institute may have noticed the large Parinirvana painting depicting the Death of the Buddha on display at the Institute. Hung prominently in the entrance hall soon after the Institute moved into 64 The Close, the late 18th century painting came […]