Issue 10 Winter 2015

Dear Friends and Supporters,  Welcome to the Winter 2015 edition of our e-magazine.We hope you enjoy this edition. Warm Regards, Mami MizutoriExecutive Director

The Sainsbury Institute Abroad

A colloquium in Portugal Little known outside of Japan and Portugal is the fact that the first Westerners to set foot on Japanese territory were actually the Portuguese. In 1543, Portuguese sailors and merchants landed in Japan introducing, among other things, weapons that used gunpowder. A fact that would significantly change how wars were fought on the archipelago from then on. For the succeeding 100 odd years, Portuguese were the dominant western presence in Japan and known as the nanban-jin, barbarians from the South. Around the same time, Jesuit priests who operated closely with the Portuguese empire also travelled to Japan and ardently carried out their mission of converting the native […]

Letter from Our Fellow

Younjung Oh Younjung Oh was the first Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow to be based in Norwich. During her one-year fellowship between September 2012 to August 2013, she continued deepening her doctoral research on ‘Art in to everyday life: Department stores as purveyors of culture in modern Japan’. Her aim was to articulate the politics of ‘fine art’, which constructed and manipulated the language, categories and values of art. During her fellowship, she organized an international workshop with specialists in the field to investigate tôyô shumi or Oriental taste in Imperial Japan. Since her fellowship, she has spent a year as Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon and is now […]

Museums in Japan

Tokyo National Museum For museum lovers visiting Japan, skipping the Tokyo National Museum is equivalent to giving the British Museum a miss when visiting the United Kingdom. As the first, oldest and largest national museum in Japan established in 1872, the Tokyo National Museum has been a natural port of call for many including the Sainsbury Institute. Over the Institute’s much shorter history of 15 years, there have been a number of collaborative projects including working on exhibitions to holding scholarly lectures. One of the most recent joint ventures was holding the Second Ishibashi Foundation Lecture Series at this prestigious museum in October 2014. This official collaboration created an opportunity […]

The Institute and Our Community

ORJACH: bringing Japanese archaeology and cultural heritage to new audiences Excellent research is at the heart of the Sainsbury Institute’s mission, and we are always looking for ways in which to most effectively disseminate the results of that research, in particular to new audiences we have not yet been able to reach. We are also very interested in engaging with and encouraging new generations of Japan afficianados. With this in mind, in early February we will launch a new English-language Online Resource for Japanese Archaeology and Cultural Heritage (ORJACH). Aimed primarily at students from 14-18 in secondary education, the responses we have had to various previews suggests that ORJACH may […]

Behind the Scenes

Introduction In this year’s e-magazines, the Executive Director would like to share the thinking behind our activities: why do we do what we do, how do we accomplish them, and how do we overcome our challenges in the rapidly changing environment. We would be delighted to hear what you think with your comments and responses, even if it is constructive criticism, sent to the email address at the end of the article. The evolution of our structure In 1999 Professor Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere laid the foundations of the Sainsbury Institute and started to build it up with support from Dame Elizabeth Esteve-Coll and Professor Kawai Masatomo, both members of our […]

Treasures of the Library

Published under Edward VII’s reign in 1907 by London publisher Chatto & Windus, this book was written by William John Loftie. Essays on the geographic history of London together with 26 colour and 12 sepia illustrations compose the book. The book appears to have been popular as in 1908, The Colour of Paris: Historic, personal & local was published, followed by The Colour of Rome: Historic, personal & local published in 1909, both with ample illustrations. While the authors differ across the volumes, the illustrations in the series are all by the Japanese artist Makino Yoshio, who went by an anglophile spelling of his name Markino. As many may already have a certain knowledge […]