Issue 24 Autumn 2018

Dear Friends,  We had lots to celebrate this season as we recently marked the 200th Third Thursday Lecture with a talk by His Excellency Koji Tsuruoka, Ambassador of Japan to the UK, and launched a new research strand. We also reflect with gratitude on the life and generosity of one of our strongest supporters, Sir […]

Japanese Art Exhibitions outside of Japan

Japanese art exhibitions on this autumn The summer heat may have subsided in Norwich, but the presence of Japan in Europe continues with excellent Japanese art exhibitions running this autumn. This article covers opportunities to catch world-class exhibitions in Paris and Zurich. Paris in particular is bustling. Celebrating the 160th anniversary of the establishment of […]

Museums with Japanese Art

Sir Hugh and Lady Cortazzi and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts Some say that art has the power to connect people. For us at the Sainsbury Institute, we are very fortunate to have the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (SCVA) and their Japanese collection as a conduit to connect with our visitors near and […]


Launch of a new Digital Japan research strand We have come to think of Japan as a leader in the field of technology, from robotics to futuristic city design. From September 2018, the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures is launching a new research strand that brings together the technical innovations […]

Research Highlights

Quarterly Research Update: Two Summer Schools at the Sainsbury Institute and UEA Forty students from around the world will certainly remember summer 2018 as a hot Japan-inspired summer in Norwich. In July and August, the Sainsbury Institute and the University of East Anglia welcomed two outstanding groups of international students to learn about Japan and […]

Behind the Scenes with Simon Kaner

Greetings Welcome to our autumn e-magazine. I am writing this at 30,000 feet high above the Great Pannonian Plain with the River Danube snaking through the field and forests far below, on my way home from a workshop organised by the European Association of Japanese Studies hosted by the University of Belgrade at which twenty […]

Treasures of the Library: Cortazzi Collections at the Lisa Sainsbury Library

If you are a regular reader of this column, you may have noticed that the vast majority of the special collections materials kept at the Lisa Sainsbury Library have been generously provided by Sir Hugh and Lady Cortazzi. Sir Hugh, who was the British Ambassador to Japan between 1980 and 1984, and his wife have […]