Issue 17 Autumn 2016

Dear Friends and Supporters,  Welcome to the Autumn 2016 edition of our e-magazine. We hope you enjoy this edition. Mami MizutoriExecutive Director

Artist Profile

Treasure trees: Paintings of heritage trees by Masumi Yamanaka We often take trees for granted. They are omnipresent and seem to withstand most of what we and the natural environment throws at them. We therefore falsely assume that they are strong, resilient and able to withstand natural stresses, and can continue to thrive for decades, if not for centuries. This innocent preconception, however, is anything but the truth. Tress are vital, yet fragile and vulnerable and are deserving of adequate conservation. The award winning botanical artist Masumi Yamanaka, who is also the speaker of this year’s Toshiba Lectures in Japanese Art and Science, has embarked on a journey that has […]

Letter from Our Fellows

365 days as the Handa Japanese Archaeology Fellow at the Sainsbury Institute The past year has been a dramatic and memorable year for the United Kingdom and for myself. The UK held a referendum that sparked chaos and major leadership changes including the replacement of its Prime Minister. On a more local level, Norwich City Football Club also fell foul after a poor performance season that saw them relegated to a lower category league. While the nation and the City of Norwich have seen better days, the same year for me, as Handa Japanese Archaeology Fellow at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (SISJAC), was […]

The Sainsbury Institute Abroad

The Centre for Archaeology and Heritage at the Eighth World Archaeological Congress, Kyoto Simon Kaner together (Head of Sainsbury Institute Centre for Archaeology and Heritage) with Negita Yoshio (Chief Archaeologist at Agency for Cultural Affairs) at WACThis summer (28th Aug. – 8th Sept.) the Centre for Archaeology and Heritage attended the World Archaeological Congress in Kyoto. The World Archaeological Congress (WAC) is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation and is the only archaeological organisation with elected global representation. In addition to its global role in championing archaeology and heritage, WAC plays a major role in bringing together scholars, heritage professionals, students and members of the public in a series of World Archaeological […]

Museums with Japanese Art

Japanese dolls at the newly renovated Unterlinden Museum in Colmar Colmar, the little Venice of Alsace, is a picture perfect medieval town of nearly 68,000 inhabitants. Situated near the foothills of the Vosges with rich and abundant natural resources, it is a key region that the French and the Germans have fought three major wars in an attempt to claim it as their own for centuries. Now in more peaceful decades, Colmar is an attractive destination for many visitors. In addition to the impressive Germanic heritage buildings and gastronomic delights (Colmar is said to be the birthplace of foie gras), Colmar has a strong artistic heritage including being the birthplace […]

Behind the Scenes with Mami Mizutori

Tokyo Futures I spent most of the month of October in Japan meeting supporters and friends of the Institute, and planning for future collaborative events with our partners there. It was a busy but productive time. In Tokyo, where I spent most of my time, there was a palpable buzz as a result of the recent gubernatorial election. This post is equivalent to the Mayor of London but with much more political and financial power behind it to actually be in charge of managing one of the world’s largest and most important cities. For the first time in history, a woman has been elected to lead Tokyo and her term […]

Treasures of the Library: Photography Albums by Ogawa Kazumasa

In this issue and next, I hope to introduce a series of photography albums by Ogawa Kazumasa, an early pioneer in Japanese photography, in response to a special request made by Sir Hugh Cortazzi, patron to the expanding Lisa Sainsbury Library’s rare books collection. Ogawa Kazumasa (1860-1929) was one of the key giants of the early Japanese photography world. Active from around the second half of 19th century to the early 20th century, Ogawa was a leading photographer and photographic print maker known for his ability to adopt cutting edge techniques in a period of rapid developments. Ogawa was the first Japanese to produce collotype prints in the country in […]