Issue 09 Autumn 2014

Dear Friends and Supporters,  We are delighted to deliver our quarterly e-magazine.With warm regards, Mami MizutoriExecutive Director

My Japan

Mike Barrett OBE Mike Barrett OBE is a devoted supporter of the Sainsbury Institute and serves as a member of the Institute’s Management Board. With a wealth of knowledge, experience and understanding of Japan as Director of the British Council in Japan for most of the 90s, he has been instrumental in helping UK institutions and businesses establish good relationships with their Japanese counterparts. In recognition of his contribution to ‘promoting the culture of and enhancing the understanding of Japan among British people, Mike was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon presented by Ambassador Yoshiji Nogami on behalf of His Majesty the Emperor of […]

Letters from Our Fellows: Ryan Holmberg

As a Sainsbury Fellow in the spring of 2014, I conducted intensive research about the history of Japanese comics (manga) in the 1950s and 60s. This was an era that witnessed the development of many of the genres and styles that define Japanese comics to the present day. It was also the period in which comics became truly a mass culture in Japan, coming to absorb approximately 40% of the publishing industry by the early 90s. Having come out of a background studying avant-garde art, my interest is particularly in work that challenges aesthetic and social norms. As a Sainsbury Fellow, I was focusing on the work of artists like […]

Museums in Japan

MOA Museum of Art Perched atop Mount Momoyama in the balmy seaside resort town of Atami, MOA Museum of Art houses iconic works by key figures in the international art world. A short trip out of Tokyo and into Shizuoka prefecture, MOA Museum is a modern, spacious and human space with a world-class collection, pristine gardens and a breath-taking view of Sagami Bay. Home to three National Treasures, 65 Important Cultural Properties and 46 Important Works of Art amongst the 3500 objects in the Museum were acquired by the businessman turned museum founder Okada Mokichi (1882-1955) in 1982. Dr Uchida Tokugo, Director of MOA and collaborator to the Institute’s research […]

The Institute and Our Community

South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection (SADACC) The charm of Norwich is perhaps its rich history and heritage with a plentiful mix of world culture thrown in. South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection Trust (SADACC) nestled in the Norwich city centre is one of the firmly established art organizations that paint Norwich as one of England’s finest cultural cities. SADACC, founded in July 2010 by Philip and Jeannie Millward as a charity and become affiliated in 2012 to the University of East Anglia through the Sainsbury Institute for Art (SIfA), is an organization dedicated to conserving and promoting an interest in the arts, crafts and culture of South Asia […]

Treasures of the Library

Curt Adoph Netto, who authored Papier-Shmetterlinge aus Japan, is perhaps a less well-known name even amongst the more versed Japanese art enthusiasts. Netto arrived in Japan in the early Meiji period as oyatoi gaikokujin, or foreign advisors hired by the Japanese government. He worked as the first Professor of Geology as well as Mining and Metallurgy at the Faculty of Science of Tokyo University, making Netto one of Japan’s metallurgy pioneers. Netto was born in Freiburg, Saxony in 1847. He studied at Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg between 1864 and 1869 where his mine inspector father and grandfather studied. There, he proved to be a star pupil having received an academic excellence award […]

Interview with Patrons

Dr Hugh Firth remembers his father Sir Raymond Firth A perceptive visitor to the Sainsbury Institute may have noticed the large Parinirvana painting depicting the Death of the Buddha on display at the Institute. Hung prominently in the entrance hall soon after the Institute moved into 64 The Close, the late 18th century painting came as a gift from one of the most esteemed scholars and social anthropologists of this country, Sir Raymond Firth (1901-2002). Professor Sir Raymond lived to be a hundred. He passed away shortly after bequeathing the painting together with some rare books to the Institute, and unfortunately never got to see the restored painting placed on […]