Issue 11 Spring 2015

Dear Friends and Supporters,  Welcome to the Spring 2015 edition of our e-magazine.We hope you enjoy this edition. Warm Regards, Mami MizutoriExecutive Director

Artist Profile

Murose Kazumi Murose Kazumi is one of the most esteemed urushi artists currently practicing in Japan. Known for his splendid maki-e technique, his commitment to the preservation and promotion of traditional kōgei (craft) has been his lifework. His achievements have also been recognized by the Japanese government, which in 2008 designated Murose as a holder of intangible cultural property […]

Letters from Our Fellows

Meghen Jones I first visited the Sainsbury Institute in the autumn of 2010, when I was conducting dissertation research on the art of Tomimoto Kenkichi. I took the train from London for the day to see books and journals in the Bernard Leach Collection at the Lisa Sainsbury Library. The medieval beauty permeating the Cathedral […]

The Sainsbury Institute Abroad

Launch of a new online resource project with the National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo (Tobunken) Many familiar to the work we do at the Sainsbury Institute may associate us with our regular public lectures and events. Behind the walls of 64 The Close, however, there is much more that we do. In fact, […]

The Institute and Our Community

Under the gaze of the Grimes Graves ‘goddess’: linking communities in the Brecks and Japan You never know where research might lead. Back in 2010 one of the largest research projects yet undertaken by the Sainsbury Institute resulted in an exhibition of prehistoric ceramic figures from Japan and the Balkans at the Sainsbury Centre for […]

Museums in Japan

Abeno Harukas Museum With a stunning panoramic view of central Osaka to one side and a roof garden on another, Abeno Harukas Museum is a new addition to Kansai region’s cultural landscape. The museum, housed in Japan’s tallest building to soar 300-meter into the sky, is reached in style and comfort via the dedicated ‘shuttle […]

Treasures of the Library

Lobed underglaze blue porcelain dish with map of Kyushu A porcelain dish with the map of Kyushu measuring some 24 centimetres in diameter is kept at the Lisa Sainsbury Library as part of the Cortazzi map collection. The inscription on the underside of its wooden box lid mentions the content being a gift to the […]

Behind the Scenes

Overview of our activities: The Power of Networking In recent years, no matter where one turns, the role and relevance of networking is increasingly becoming important. This is certainly true in the world of arts and cultures, and vital for a small organization such as the Sainsbury Institute. Including all the permanent staff, both academic […]