Issue 13 Autumn 2015

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

Artist Profile

Onishi Isao and the Beauty of Process Living National Treasure Onishi Isao (b. 1944), who specialises in urushi (lacquer) is truly an independent soul with a unique philosophy. Self-taught, he creates wonderfully perfect, large urushi dishes and bowls using the ‘hoop built core’ (magewa-zukuri) technique of bending strips of aged wood into rings and fitting […]


A new publication edited by Anne Bouchy on Sasaguri, a town in Kyūshū In this issue, we catch up with a former Carmen Blacker Lecture speaker, Professor Anne Bouchy, Director of Studies at l’École française d’Extrême-Orient in France, on her recent publication, Le vivre ensemble à Sasaguri, une commune de Kyūshū. Dans l’entrelacs des dynamiques […]

The Sainsbury Institute Abroad

Centre Européen d’Études Japonaises d’Alsace (CEEJA) Centre Européen d’Études Japonaises d’Alsace (CEEJA), nestled in the idyllic Alsatian landscape, has been a friend and collaborative partner for the Sainsbury Institute for many years. CEEJA, established in 2001, is an active research community with the mission of furthering Franco-Japanese relations. They have a strong partnership link with […]

Museums in Japan

Ryukoku Museum Ryukoku Museum is a significant addition to the vibrant cultural scene of Kyoto. Situated right in front of the Nishihonganji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the museum is dedicated to furthering knowledge and interest on Buddhism through utilizing a wide and comprehensive range of cultural artifacts in the handsome new building, which […]

Treasures of the Library

The Lisa Sainsbury Library holds a letter written in English by Mishima Yukio, who is considered to be one of the most distinguished literary figures of 20th century Japan, to the late Professor Geoffery Bownas in his lifetime. Geoffrey Bownas’ involvement with Japan began when he was drafted into the army in 1942 while still […]

The Institute and Our Community

Sainsbury Institute’s technology-assisted teaching debut The Sainsbury Institute is very committed to exploring new ways of disseminating our research in Japan, including through the use of what are termed ‘new technology-assisted teaching’, such as MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). The University of East Anglia is an active member of the FutureLearn initiative as well as […]