Putting Japan into a Pacific Context: Some Ideas from an Anthropologist

Third Thursday Lecture - Sainsbury Institute

Thursday 20 March, 2014
6:00pm GMT

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

Applying a broad anthropological approach to the study of Japanese material culture, it is possible to identify several elements that could have been influenced by, or even introduced from other parts of the Pacific Ocean. The timeline is long, and there is little definite proof of the ideas proposed, but Joy Hendry has gathered some interesting and colourful illustrations of her idea that links between the Japanese and other seafaring Pacific peoples may have been neglected in recent years.

About the Speaker

Professor Joy Hendry is Professor Emerita of the Social Anthropology of Japan at Oxford Brookes University, founder of the Japan Anthropology Workshop and the Europe Japan Research Centre, which she also presently directs, and a Senior Member of St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford.

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