Issue 19 Summer 2017

Dear Friends and Supporters,  Welcome to the Summer 2017edition of our e-magazine.We hope you enjoy this edition. Mami MizutoriExecutive Director

Collecting Japan: The man who made a splash with the greatest of waves

‘The Great Wave’ is one of the most widely recognisable and reproduced images in the world. The man behind the masterpiece, Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), worked as an artist up until he died at the age of ninety and made the iconic ‘The Great Wave’ when he was around seventy. Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave, supported by […]

Meet our Fellows

Simon Turner and his manga research I first heard that I had been offered a fellowship at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (SISJAC) whilst working in Thailand. I was honoured to accept the opportunity to conduct research at such a prestigious institute. Since the beginning of my fellowship in […]

Artist Profile

Kitazawa Hideta and his Noh masks Noh is a highly codified ancient music drama that has been performed in Japan since the 14th century. Originally developed by Kan’ami and Zeami, the plays draw their stories from classical literature. Noh is a unique and distinct form of performative art. Compared to Western dramas, the plays are […]

Treasures of the Library

The title introduced in this edition is the Album of One Hundred Birds by Kōno Bairei at the request of its donor, Sir Hugh Cortazzi. The title contains images by Kōno Bairei, a prominent artist in the Kyoto art circle in the early Meiji period (1868-1912). Published in 1881, the three-volume album set contains dual […]

The Institute and Our Community

Archaeology and Heritage and Social Media Since February the Centre for Archaeology and Heritage at the Sainsbury Institute has been working with five undergraduates in UK and Japan to create a social media presence using Facebook and Twitter. Here our students (Lauren Bell, Tumi Markan Jones, Okazaki Sakuya, Muyang Shi and Dessislava Veltcheva) provide some […]

The Institute Abroad

Collaborative exhibition on Japanese art dolls in Salamanca The Institute celebrated the approach of summer with the opening of Japanese Art Dolls: Muñecas Artísticas de Ohno Hatsuko—an exhibition of exquisite handmade dolls by Ohno Hatsuko (1915-1982) in Salamanca, Spain. The exhibition now on until 23 June 2017 features over 25 dolls beautifully presented in the […]

Behind the Scenes

The Vice-Chancellor and President of UEA in Japan: Chapter 2 Just around 18 months ago, in November 2015, Dr Simon Kaner and I had the pleasure of accompanying Professor David Richardson to his first official trip to Japan as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Chair of the Sainsbury Institute for […]