Issue 22 Spring 2018

Dear Friends,  Welcome to the Spring 2018 edition of our e-magazine. In this edition, we look at some of our recent developments including new appointments. We are delighted to feature the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asian Art in Hungary and one of our Sainsbury Fellows’ research project on Alice in Wonderland in Japan. Our Librarian […]

Research Highlights

Quarterly Research Update Now that the clocks have moved forward to summer time and spring blooms are out in force, it feels slightly anachronistic to reflect on our activities since the start of the year. That said, the year kicked off in good form. Our popular Third Thursday Lecture series started with Sainsbury Institute’s Dr […]

Museums with Japanese Art

Buitenzorg Villa then and now: Japanese art at the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts, Budapest Ferenc Hopp, globetrotter, collector, and donor In 1858, a Japanese envoy visited the United States for the first time. Ferenc Hopp (1833-1919), a 25 years old Budapest resident with Moravian roots, was among the onlookers and received a Japanese […]

Japanese Art Exhibitions outside of Japan

Japanese art exhibitions to catch during spring to summer With winter finally behind us, spring has sprung in Norwich. Our institute garden is now teeming with colours: crocuses and daffodils are enjoying the sunshine while trees and bushes are budding green again. On the subject of feast for the eye, there are some wonderful exhibitions […]

Behind the Scenes

Springtime and a fresh start As well as being a sight of great beauty, the cherry blossoms of spring herald a time of transition. The beginning of April marks the start of the new academic, financial and employment year in Japan, and this latest e-magazine allows us to introduce some changes at the Sainsbury Institute […]

Fellows and their Research

Amanda Kennell and Alice in… Japan? Today, we are surrounded by more media than humans have been at any other point in history. We wake up in the morning and put on the TV while we hop into our branded clothing and skim the paper before commuting via public transit systems full of advertisements while […]

Treasures of the Library: Edo kirie zu area maps by Owariya

During the Edo period (1615-1868), some 64% of Edo city (present day central Tokyo) was occupied by mansions and residences of daimyō feudal lords, hatamoto samurai and gokenin vassals serving the Tokugawa shogun (Masai, 1975). These dwellings were typically shielded from public view with tall boundary walls. With no name plate on house number or […]