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The book ‘Japan: Courts and Culture’ has just been published

SISJAC has been working with Royal Collection Trust in a supportive role to help to deliver Royal Collection Trust’s catalogue and future exhibition of Japanese works of art in the Royal Collection. The stunning catalogue was just published in May 2020.

Research Director Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere and I have since 2018 provided research and language support for the project, as well as helping to facilitate a research trip to Japan in 2019.

A press launch was held at the Embassy of Japan in London on 11 November 2019. Rachel Peat, the curator for this project, gave a wonderful talk explaining the outline of the exhibition.

The catalogue is now available at Royal Collection Trust shops and all good bookshops. The book contains beautiful photographs of objects which have been kept in excellent condition for in some cases hundreds of years with impressive stories of three centuries of diplomatic, artistic and cultural exchange between Britain and Japan from the reigns of James I to Her Majesty The Queen.
Please refer to the following link for further information about the book.

Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2020

This project formed part of the ‘Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-2020’ and would also have coincided with the Tokyo Olympics & Paralympics. Also timely, 2020 is the 400-year anniversary of the death of an English navigator, William Adams known as Miura Anjin in Japan. He was an advisor to the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu and recognised as one of the most influential foreigners in Japan during that time. The book was released 400 years after his death, 16 May 2020.

The editor of the book and curator of these works, Rachel Peat will give a talk on SISJAC TTL on 16 July.
Anyone who would like to listen to her discuss the book with Nicole in conversation, please check our website.

I hope many people will enjoy reading the book that relates a long and heart-warming relationship between Britain and Japan.

Atsuko Uchiyama
Academic Associate of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

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