Issue 14 Winter 2016

Dear Friends and Supporters,  Welcome to the Winter 2016 edition of our e-magazine. We hope you enjoy this edition. Mami MizutoriExecutive Director

Artist Profile

Manga: Three Generations Manga, literally translated as ‘pictures run riot’, is a form of sequential art that is basically made of a narrative sequence of images. The artistic origins of manga derive from two traditional literary practices, traditional Japanese narrative handscrolls dating from the twelfth century onwards, and printed books, especially the low cost illustrated […]

Letter from Our Fellow

Eriko Tomizawa-Kay From 2013-14, as part of my fellowship at the Sainsbury Institute, I undertook research, and completed several papers and presentations; for example, I introduced a cross-section of Meiji-period art held in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection, and attempted to explain why certain types of art were included in the collections, whilst others […]

The Sainsbury Institute Abroad

Top sales in academia: the Chair of the Management Board of SISJAC makes his first official visit to Japan The importance of top sales in promoting and strengthening relationships cannot be emphasised enough. More and more often, Prime Ministers around the world take CEOs of big companies and Directors of major museums with them when […]

Museums in Japan

Kokugakuin University Museum The Kokugakuin University Museum is nestled in the heart of the vibrant Shibuya district in central Tokyo. It is a university museum whose parent institution—Kokugakuin University—is held in great esteem, with a long history of patronage by the imperial family. Its history dates back to the 19th century when the University was […]

Treasures of the Library

The Lisa Sainsbury Library holds 65 historic maps of Japan and the rest of the world. Produced in Japan and Europe, the important collection is on long-term loan to the Library by Sir Hugh Cortazzi, former British Ambassador to Japan, and Lady Cortazzi with a view to be donated in the future. The oldest map […]

Institute and the Community

Debating international relevance of rural contemporary arts festivals in Japan  On December 3rd and 4th 2015, the Sainsbury Institute hosted two days of events dedicated to exploring the impact and international relevance of rural contemporary arts festivals in Japan, which address the many social crises the country currently faces. These crises include the chronic ageing […]

Behind the Scenes

New Year Message from the Executive Director: A lot in the pipeline Akemashite omedetō gozaimasu, a belated happy new year from Norwich. Looking back a bit, last year was yet another busy and fruitful year for the Sainsbury Institute, and we found ourselves particularly engaged towards the end. In late November 2015, we hosted the […]