November 2021 Message from the Executive Director

As we enjoy the autumn colours, good news from Japan with the Japanese government’s announcement that pandemic travel restrictions are being eased, and it will now be possible for non-Japanese visitors (including students and researchers) to enter the country, allowing so many plans, on hold throughout the pandemic, to begin to be realised.  Our main focus this month is on events next week. We are delighted to welcome Rebecca Salter, President of the Royal Academy of Arts, to Norwich to deliver the 5th Robert Sainsbury Lecture on Thursday 18th November. This talk, which also represents our November Third Thursday, is the first time we hold a Third Thursday at the […]

Report on the talk “The Bridge to Heaven – Amanohashidate: UNESCO World Heritage and the conservation of landscapes, comparing Japan and the UK”

This month’s Third Thursday Lecture, given by Dr Andrew Hutcheson, discussed the disparity between the approaches of Japan and the UK to World Heritage, considered the value of World Heritage in the modern day, and highlighted the potential impact of climate change on particular heritage sites. All this was undertaken with specific reference to Amanohashidate (天橋立) or “The Bridge to Heaven”. Amanohashidate is a beautiful sandbar located in the north of Kyoto prefecture. It extends nearly, but not quite, all the way across Miyazu bay and is covered with pine trees. The sandbar is a natural phenomena formed over hundreds of years as sand flowing from the river mouth collided […]