How Jōmon People Perceived the Cosmos

Jōmon Dogū from Shakadō in Yamanashi Prefecture, c. 3500 BC
Third Thursday Lecture - Sainsbury Institute

Thursday 17 January, 2013
6:00pm GMT


Taniguchi Yasuhiro (Professor of Archaeology, Department of Archaeology, Kokugakuin University, Tokyo, Visiting Scholar, Institute of Archaeology, UCL, Academic Associate, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures)

Every Third Thursday of the month, the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures hosts a lecture on a topic related to the art and culture of Japan. Talks begin at 6pm (50-minute lecture followed by refreshments). Speakers are all specialists in their field and the talks are intended to be accessible to those with no prior knowledge of Japanese history.

Admission is free and all are welcome. Booking essential.

To book a seat email us at or fax 01603 625011 up to two days before the lecture stating your name, number of seats required and a contact number. Unless indicated otherwise the lectures are held at the Norwich Cathedral Hostry (Weston Room), Norwich NR1 4EH. The Third Thursday Lecture series is funded by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Charitable Trust.

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About the Lecture

The Jōmon people of prehistoric Japan had fertile imaginations and skillfully expressed their distinctive thinking through rich material culture including pottery and architecture. This lecture introduces the fascinating archaeological remains which illustrates how the cosmos was perceived in Jōmon people’s world view.

About the Speaker

Taniguchi Yasuhiro (born 1960 in Tokyo) is Professor of Archaeology at Kokugakuin University, Tokyo. His research interests are mostly oriented towards the Jōmon culture of prehistoric Japan: c.14000-500BC. Taniguchi’s name became widely known when he discovered the oldest dated pottery container in the world at the Odai-Yamamoto site, Aomori Prefecture in 1998. He is the author of several books in Japanese, in particular, Circular Settlements and Jomon Social Structure (Kanjou Shuraku to Jomon Shakai Kouzou, 2005), Rethinking the Origin of Jōmon Culture (Jōmon Bunka Kigenron no Saikouchiku, 2011).

Image: Jōmon Dogū from Shakadō in Yamanashi Prefecture, c. 3500 BC

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