Issue 19 Summer 2017

Dear Friends and Supporters,  Welcome to the Summer 2017edition of our e-magazine.We hope you enjoy this edition. Mami MizutoriExecutive Director

Collecting Japan: The man who made a splash with the greatest of waves

‘The Great Wave’ is one of the most widely recognisable and reproduced images in the world. The man behind the masterpiece, Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), worked as an artist up until he died at the age of ninety and made the iconic ‘The Great Wave’ when he was around seventy. Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave, supported by Mitsubishi Corporation, will feature the British Museum’s fine early impression of the print acquired in 2008 with the assistance of the Art Fund. The exhibition will explore the breadth of work Hokusai created from 1820 to 1849, his prodigiously productive final years, and his personal life during that period. As a lifelong devout Nichiren Buddhist, […]

Meet our Fellows

Simon Turner and his manga research I first heard that I had been offered a fellowship at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (SISJAC) whilst working in Thailand. I was honoured to accept the opportunity to conduct research at such a prestigious institute. Since the beginning of my fellowship in September 2016, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here at SISJAC. My research focusses on the international reception of Japanese popular culture, namely anime [animation] and manga. I am particularly interested in the socio-legal aspects regarding international flows of anime and manga related to legal definitions of obscenity and indecency. Usually, this leads many to […]

Artist Profile

Kitazawa Hideta and his Noh masks Noh is a highly codified ancient music drama that has been performed in Japan since the 14th century. Originally developed by Kan’ami and Zeami, the plays draw their stories from classical literature. Noh is a unique and distinct form of performative art. Compared to Western dramas, the plays are subtle and subdued, and their beauty found in the abstract expressions. One of the most distinct features and perhaps the most iconic visual impression of Noh is the masks worn by the actors. While many masks are handed down over the generations, new masks are commissioned to refine the expressions required by the performer. Earlier […]

Treasures of the Library

The title introduced in this edition is the Album of One Hundred Birds by Kōno Bairei at the request of its donor, Sir Hugh Cortazzi. The title contains images by Kōno Bairei, a prominent artist in the Kyoto art circle in the early Meiji period (1868-1912). Published in 1881, the three-volume album set contains dual chrome woodblock printed images bound in Eastern-style. Unfortunately, only the first of the three albums is housed in the Lisa Sainsbury Library. Inside the album, a single bird species accompanied by a plant (mainly flowers) that is native to the depicted creature’s habitat is presented over each spread. Each album contains some 30 images, and […]

The Institute and Our Community

Archaeology and Heritage and Social Media Since February the Centre for Archaeology and Heritage at the Sainsbury Institute has been working with five undergraduates in UK and Japan to create a social media presence using Facebook and Twitter. Here our students (Lauren Bell, Tumi Markan Jones, Okazaki Sakuya, Muyang Shi and Dessislava Veltcheva) provide some further thoughts in a series of tweets in response to questions from Centre Head Simon Kaner. Follow the debate and further developments on Facebook and Twitter. We wish all our students every success after graduation. Simon: What can social media do for the dissemination of Japanese archaeology and heritage?Tumi: Since the founding of Facebook in 2004, people have engaged […]

The Institute Abroad

Collaborative exhibition on Japanese art dolls in Salamanca The Institute celebrated the approach of summer with the opening of Japanese Art Dolls: Muñecas Artísticas de Ohno Hatsuko—an exhibition of exquisite handmade dolls by Ohno Hatsuko (1915-1982) in Salamanca, Spain. The exhibition now on until 23 June 2017 features over 25 dolls beautifully presented in the Empress Michiko Hall, a modern exhibition space fitted inside a 14th-century Spanish building, which forms part of Centro Cultural Hispano-Japonés (Cultural Center for Hispanic-Japanese Relations) at the University of Salamanca. The exhibition co-organized with the Center and the Sainsbury Institute and supported by the Embassy of Japan in Spain welcomed nearly 100 guests on the […]

Behind the Scenes

The Vice-Chancellor and President of UEA in Japan: Chapter 2 Just around 18 months ago, in November 2015, Dr Simon Kaner and I had the pleasure of accompanying Professor David Richardson to his first official trip to Japan as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Chair of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (SISJAC). For those of you who are not clear about the relationship between UEA and SISJAC, SISJAC has status as an independent charity but is formally part of UEA along with our sister organisations on campus, namely the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and the Sainsbury Research Unit […]