Issue 15 Spring 2016

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

Artist Profile

Katsumata Susumu’s Anti-Nuclear Manga After the 2011 meltdowns, many observers remarked on the irony and injustice of the country of Hiroshima and Nagasaki becoming the country of Fukushima. If there was any country that should have known better about the dangers of nuclear power, the argument usually went, it was Japan. To see things in […]

Our Fellow

Kimura Tadakazu CBE Tadakazu Kimura: It is an interesting question. In order to answer, firstly we may need to try to differentiate the meaning of the two words, namely ‘ media’ and ‘ journalism’. I have been working in this field for many years and have often been asked the question, ‘So you are from the […]

Museums in Japan

Kyoto International Manga Museum It would be unique, if not adventurous, for a UK university and local authority to get together to create and run a large-scale museum solely dedicated to the culture of comic books. Japan being Japan, this has happened already back in 2006 and, 10 years on, has proved its success. The […]

The Sainsbury Institute Abroad

A thirst for Japanese gardens: Ishibashi Foundation Lectures on the popularity and progress of Japanese gardens outside of Japan On 12 March 2016, we hosted the third Ishibashi Foundation Lecture Series in the historic city of Kyoto, Japan. The first of this series was held in December 2013 at the University of Tokyo on the theme of […]

Treasures of the Library

95 years ago on 3 March 1921, the then 19-year-old Crown Prince Hirohito (later Showa Emperor) set sail from Yokohama port to spend nearly six months traveling abroad on the Japanese naval ship Katori, accompanied by another naval ship, Kashima. To organise the Imperial Prince’s tour to the West was a complex task and took […]

Behind the Scenes

What will Brexit mean for academia? We are less than two months away from the referendum which will decide whether or not Great Britain will remain in the EU. As the voting date comes closer, inevitably the news is becoming increasingly dominated by this issue. The same seems to be true with conversations at dinner […]