Issue 12 Summer 2015

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

Letters from Our Fellows

Robert Hellyer I was delighted to spend three months at the Sainsbury Institute during the summer of 2014, an experience that helped me expand the parameters of my research project. For the past few years, I have been researching Japan’s place in the history of the global tea trade. In the mid-nineteenth century, Japan became […]

Artist Profile

Moriguchi Kunihiko Moriguchi Kunihiko working in his studioThe textile art of Moriguchi Kunihiko demonstrates the powerful and creative energy that can be found in the best of Japanese art crafts (Kôgei). In addition to being a master yûzen textile artist, Moriguchi Kunihiko (b. 1941) is a visionary who can see the future through the past […]

The Sainsbury Institute Abroad

Ukiyo-e in Edo period publishing culture Ukiyo-e, or ‘pictures of the floating world’, is a familiar term even in the English language. Conjuring nostalgic images of traditional Japan, ukiyo-e prints have long been cherished outside of Japan in the West by enthusiasts since the late 19th century. However their production, distribution and domestic market history […]

Museums in Japan

Sunritz Hattori Museum of Art Sunritz Hattori Museum of Arts is situated along the bank of Suwa Lake in Nagano prefecture, a prefecture located in the center of Japan. Designed by the late architect Uchii Shozo, renown for his iconic structures, the museum is a concrete modernist building conveniently located within 15 minutes walk from […]

Treasures of the Library

The Flowers of Japan and the Art of Floral Arrangement by Josiah Conder was published by Hakubunsha, a bookseller once in the Ginza district of Tokyo in 1891. One of the striking features of the book are the fourteen beautifully coloured woodblock prints of seasonal flowers, of which six are depicted by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892). Yoshitoshi […]

The Institute and Our Community

Let’s Go Walkies! Heritage mapping for kids by kids For this edition’s ‘Institute and Community’ article, we are delighted to feature our colleague Kazz Morohashi. During the past two years, Kazz has been juggling work at the Institute, including creating the e-magazine you are reading, with her MA degree in Communication Design. In this article […]

Behind the Scenes

Our numerous lecture series I would not be surprised if our Sainsbury friends told me that they have in the past been disappointed by the poor presentation style or the shallow content of a recent lecture attended somewhere else. In our day and age, there is already an easy abundance of information accessible with just […]