The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University in collaboration with the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures and Japan Art History Forum under the generous support from Toshiba International Foundation, are pleased to announce a call for papers for the upcoming conference Global Easts: Japanese Cultural Entanglements held 14-16 November 2023 in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. You can view and download the programme below. The conference will look into the dynamics of cultural flows, the interconnectedness and interactions among different regions of the Global Easts, namely, East Europe, East Mediterranean, and East Asia. We are interested in the cross-regional cultural and artistic exchange and networks that […]
Since June 2022, the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures has launched the innovative ‘Ishibashi Foundation Digital Futures’ initiative. This initiative, generously supported by the Ishibashi Foundation, aims to establish pioneering digital platforms that forge connections between students, early career researchers, curators, and established specialists, granting them access to Japanese art collections across Europe, the US, and Japan. One of our key areas of focus within this initiative is the digitisation of Japanese arts in UK collections. This project aims to bring unparalleled experience in the digital recording of Japanese art collections in museums in the UK. Work to date has mainly focused on two-dimensional art […]
The Sainsbury Institute was delighted to welcome Dr Ayelet Zohar, President of the Japan Art History Foundation (JAHF), current visiting scholar at the Sainsbury Institute, and Senior Lecturer at the Art History Department, Tel Aviv University, to give our 250th Third Thursday Lecture. Focussing on the work of Okinawan photographer Mao Ishikawa, the talk explored Ishikawa’s practice through both her documentary and staged photography, with a particular focus on her latest project The Great Photographic Scroll of the Ryūkyū. Following a lively Q&A session where we ran out of time to answer all the questions submitted, Dr Zohar kindly returned to the unanswered questions for which you can read the […]
To mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2023, we are publishing a special article written by Dr Ayelet Zohar, Senior Lecturer, Art History Dept., Tel Aviv University, who is currently an Academic Visitor at the Sainsbury Institute. The special story of Sugihara Chiune (杉原千畝) and his dedication to Jewish refugees, allowing them to travel to Japan on transit visas to a final destination (mostly the Dutch colony of Curacao on the Caribbean Islands), is well known and has been thoroughly covered over the past decades in numerous publications. What is less known, is what actually happened to the people who carried these visas, and how they proceeded after leaving Kovno (Kaunas) in […]
Professor Simon Kaner will be spending the Winter Solstice (morning of 22 December) at Stonehenge, checking in on our exhibition at the Stonehenge Visitor Centre. We will be posting live from the stone circle. We are currently finalising plans for associated activities in the New Year. Watch this space! To mark the Solstice, we invite you to take a look at this short film created by our research partner Dr Corey Noxon of the Department of Archaeology at Ritsumeikan University using drone footage taken during study visits to Akita and Hokkaido in the spring and summer of 2022. Our colleagues at the German Archaeological Institute created an excellent introduction to […]
We are now inviting applications for the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellowships 2023-24. The Fellowships provide recipients with an opportunity to work in a scholarly environment conducive to completing a publication project. The positions are available to academics who have received a PhD in any area of Japanese culture. Preference will be given to Early Career Researchers working in the fields of visual studies, including but not limited to history of art, cultural heritage, archaeology, architecture, film studies, and digital humanities. During their appointment Fellows are encouraged to contribute to our Third Thursday Lecture Series and to organise a symposium in Norwich. They may also contribute to teaching. Fellowships are […]
Following her fascinating talk for our September Third Thursday Lecture, Helen McCarthy, independent scholar and author, answered some questions sent in by attendees. ANSWERED LIVE Q: Did UK fan zines have any contact with fan zines in other countries, sharing their zines & maybe anime tapes? A: That’s a great question. In fact, we had contacts not only with the USA, but with France and Belgium and a little later with the Netherlands and Germany. There were many fanzine and pro-zine publishers who got in touch with us through Anime UK Magazine and through that to other fanzines, and so there was a certain amount of tape trading, definitely with […]
The Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures together with the Centre for Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia launches a new initiative in digital Japanese arts. Building on the successes of our previous Ishibashi Foundation Summer Fellowships and Online Summer Programmes in Japanese Arts and Cultures, this initiative will engage students and early career researchers with curators and established specialists in their respective fields through the development of new digital platforms, connecting them with Japanese art collections across Europe, the United States and Japan. In 2022-23, we will undertake a series of pilot projects through which participants will gain unprecedented experience researching Japanese arts […]
Applications are invited for the above post, which will be based in the Sainsbury Institute’s offices in the Cathedral Close, Norwich. You will undertake a variety of digital tasks across a range of Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (SISJAC) projects and initiatives contributing to the Institute’s Digital Japan strand of activity, with a particular focus on the Ishibashi Foundation Digital Futures initiative. The Ishibashi Foundation Digital Futures initiative comprises a series of interlinked digital projects exploring how digital technologies can enhance the study and appreciation of, and engagement with, Japanese visual cultures, including both tangible and intangible heritage. The initiative is funded by the Ishibashi […]
Applications are invited for the above post, which will be based in the Sainsbury Institute’s offices in the Cathedral Close, Norwich. You will work side-by-side with the Office Coordinator, ensuring smooth and efficient day-to-day running of the Sainsbury Institute office including the provision of clerical and secretarial support for the Institute’s senior management. Other key responsibilities include dealing with enquiries and customers, organising meetings, travel plans and hotel bookings for staff and visitors, assisting with routine administrative arrangements for events at the Institute and providing a reception service. Due to the nature of the job requirements, you will be expected to work in the office on a daily basis. This […]
In preparation for Internationalisation Revisited: The global role of Japan and China following the Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Games, an online workshop on 5 and 6 September, we invite presenters to send abstracts of no more than 250 words that consider the role of Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 in relation to topics including (but not limited to): Domestic and International Media Coverage The Covid-19 Pandemic and its effects on the Games Comparisons between Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 Marketing Transnationalism Cultural Diplomacy Race, gender and sexuality Disability and ableism Local/national responses to the Olympics Television, news, and social media Celebrities and Tokyo 2020/Beijing 2022 […]
The Later Prehistoric Norfolk Project will be exploring a range of prehistoric monuments, from the Early Neolithic through to the end of the Iron Age, to better resolve the dating of the county’s monument sequence. Some of these monuments are threatened directly by climate change and others remain in the plough zone. This year’s work will focus on Arminghall Henge (NHER 6100; SAM 1003985) and its immediate monumental landscape. Field work will be carried out in August and September and will include geophysical survey followed by targeted investigations through excavation and sampling. At Arminghall itself we will be re-excavating JG Clarke’s trenches dug in 1935. The priority will be a […]
On 19 March 2022, the Kyoto National Museum’s International Symposium “Dunhuang Forgeries and Recent Silk Roads Research,” was held, co-organized by the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures. In case you were unable to participate in person, the symposium recordings are now available on YouTube below. Fast forward to 1:07:00 to view Professor Susan Whitfield’s keynote speech “Genuine or Forged? Refocusing on Dunhuang Manuscripts” and to 5:40:00 for Professor Simon Kaner’s closing remarks: Japanese https://youtu.be/kdepZGxaSF8 Chinese https://youtu.be/SEOw40gpTIg Original https://youtu.be/K8NvEaMA5vo The symposium programme (Japanese and English, with speaker profiles and presentation titles) and informational fliers (Japanese, English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese) are available from the Kyoto National […]
We are pleased to announce the inaugural Sainsbury Institute Studentship in Japanese Art History, to be awarded to an outstanding student in the MA course in Interdisciplinary Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia, specializing in Japanese art history. The Studentship carries a value of full domestic fees for the course. The MA in Interdisciplinary Japanese Studies was launched in 2020, and is a collaboration between the Sainsbury Institute and the University of East Anglia, https://www.uea.ac.uk/course/postgraduate/ma-interdisciplinary-japanese-studies. This innovative one-year course covers a range of disciplinary approaches in Japanese Studies, with Japanese visual culture and art history shaping the core of its curriculum. The course also benefits from close collaborations with […]
School of Oriental and African Studies seeks to appoint a Lecturer (equiv. assistant professor) or Senior Lecturer (equiv. associate professor) in the Arts of Japan, starting in September 2022. Supported by the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, the appointment will lead to further collaboration between SOAS and the Sainsbury Institute in research and teaching and the development of this strategic partnership. This role will sit within the Department of the History of Art & Archaeology within the School of Arts. The appointee will carry out research and provide teaching and supervision in an area or areas of the art and archaeology of Japan, complementing the […]
Date: Friday 25th February 2022 Where: Norwich, UK Booking required. Please apply via this link. Next year, the Sainsbury Institute and University of East Anglia will be hosting the annual BAJS/Japan Foundation Postgraduate Workshop 2022. This workshop aims to assist the development of the next generation of Japan specialists in the UK. It is a great opportunity for students to receive practical advice on their research from senior colleagues, and to get to know fellow postgraduate students in the Japanese Studies community. All students pursuing a Japanese Studies postgraduate degree can apply, but preference will be given to students who are studying in the UK and are also BAJS members. […]
The latest issue of the online New York Times Style Magazine: Japan features a conversation between Reserach Director Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere and Japanese manga artist Mari Yamazaki. They had met through Nicole’s curatorial work at The Citi Exhibition Manga at the British Museum in 2019 where Mari’s work Olympia Kyklos formed a part of the exhibition. The conversation centred around the theme of the Olympics, and they aslo talked openly about the Covid-19 pandemic and manga among other topics. Read the article here.
A discussion between Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere (Curator of The Citi exhibition Manga at British Museum, Research Director at SISJAC, University of East Anglia), Takashi Oishi (Director of Yokote Masuda Manda Museum) and Masashi Okamoto (Director of Shueisha Manga – Art Heritage) on Vimeo ニコル・クーリッジ・ルーマニエール（セインズベリー藝術研究所研究担当所長およびイースト・アングリア大学日本美術文化教授）、大石卓（横手市増田まんが美術館館長）、岡本正史（集英社マンガアートヘリテージ責任者）による座談会 SHUEISHA MANGA-ART HERITAGE Sorry, in Japanese only for the moment
The Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellowships, established in 2000 through generous funding from Lord Sainsbury of Turville, are designed to strengthen academic ties with Japanese studies programmes in Asia, Europe, Oceania and North America. The Fellowships provide recipients with an opportunity to work in a scholarly environment conducive to completing a publication project. The Institute is offering several Fellowships to scholars who have received a PhD in any area of Japanese culture. Preference will be given to applicants working in the fields of visual studies, including but not limited to history of art, cultural heritage, archaeology, architecture, film studies, and digital humanities. Preference will be given to Early Career Researchers, […]
The debut episode of CJS podcast BeyondJapan is now live! Join Oliver Moxham in conversation with Professor Simon Kaner on the significance of Japanese archaeology for the global history of humanity: Welcome to the debut episode of our new podcast series ‘Beyond Japan’, where we explore the interdisciplinary nature of Japanese Studies through academics from a wide range of fields. In this episode, the Director of the Centre for Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia, Professor Simon Kaner, Executive Director of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, where he is also Head of the Centre for Archaeology and Heritage talks about the significance […]
We are celebrating the Summer Solstice weekend with the launch of the Online Jomon Matsuri, a festival exploring various aspects of this remarkable period of Japanese prehistory and its global significance for understanding human history. We had planned to be at Stonehenge this weekend for the Midsummer sunrise itself on Sunday morning, following the opening of a special exhibition at the Wiltshire Museum in Devizes of contemporary art inspired by the Jomon. The Covid-19 pandemic put paid to all of that – so we have moved online – and to kick off the Matsuri we have assembled some links to some Jomon stone circles. As you will see, some of […]
We hope that this finds you, your families and colleagues safe and well at this time of great disruption and uncertainty around the world as a result of the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic. The lock-downs, changes in working practices, social distancing and other measures have had a major impact on all of our plans for 2020. We were planning a number of activities relating to Jomon archaeology starting in the summer of 2020, in particular two exhibitions: ‘Arts of Jomon’ at the Wiltshire Museum in Devizes, home to some of the finest materials from British prehistory, showcasing contemporary artistic responses to Jomon archaeology in Japan; and ‘Stonehenge and Jomon Japan’ at […]
Welcome to our new website. We now have a page dedicated to online resources and we hope to add more links as we adapt to the new reality under the Coronavirus pandemic. We hope the new website will continue to serve as a resource for the Japanese studies community and beyond. In the meantime, do let us know your thoughts on the renewal.
The British Museum has been collecting artworks made by Japanese Living National Treasures since 2007, but what is a Living National treasure and why are they so important to Japanese Cultural Heritage? In this film Nicole Rousmaniere, research director of SISJAC and Hayashida Hideki of the Japan Kōgei Association talk all about the Living National treasures programme and highlight some of the most beautiful pieces of Japanese craftsmanship collected by the Museum. This film series has been produced with the support of JTI.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 29 FEB 2020 The Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellowships, established in 2000 through generous funding from Lord Sainsbury of Turville, are designed to strengthen academic ties with Japanese studies programmes in Asia, Europe, Oceania and North America. The Fellowships provide recipients with an opportunity to work in a scholarly environment conducive to completing a publication project. The Institute is offering several Fellowships to scholars who have received a PhD in any area of Japanese culture. Preference will be given to applicants working in the fields of visual studies, including but not limited to history of art, cultural heritage, archaeology, architecture, film studies, and digital humanities. Preference will be […]
The Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, in association with the Faculty of Letters at the University of Tokyo, invites applications from undergraduates in any discipline for the 5th Winter Programme in British Archaeology and Cultural Heritage (5-14 February 2020 inclusive). This year our focus is on the prehistoric sites and landscapes associated with the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage site, and will include special access to sites, museums and heritage organisations, and lectures by a range of distinguished specialists. In 2020, the Winter Programme forms part of the UK-Japan Season of Culture, and is the precursor to a year of Japan-related activities at the Wiltshire Museum, Devizes, and the […]
Sainsbury Institute’s Handa Archaeology Fellow Junzo Uchiyama’s co-authored article ‘Common Carp Aquaculture in Neolithic China Dates Back 8,000 Years’ has been published on 24th September 2019 in Nature. A team of international researchers analysed teeth of carp found in China and by comparing the body-length distributions the team found evidence that carp aquaculture existed 8,000 years ago, a staggering 5,000 years earlier than previously thought. You can read the article here and take a look at some of the behind-the-scenes pictures of the research below. Here are some common carp which had been raised over the summer in a paddy field and caught in the autumn in Matsukawa, Nagano, Japan, where fish farming is still […]
On 7th September 2019, Research Director Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere gave a talk with Manga artist TAGAME Gengoro at the SPORTS X MANGA exhibition held by Panasonic Corporation in Tokyo. The exhibition was designed to empower the passion towards the Olympic and Paralympic Movement. As part of the Diversity & Inclusion event, their talk, entitled the Power of Manga explored how manga helps bring people together through the sprit, ideals and values expressed in sports manga. Tokyo 2020 games are promoting diversity and inclusivity as one of their basic values and the panel believe it is a perfect opportunity to instill these ideas with a little help from manga.
Why Japanese? Japanese is such a fascinating language to learn with its unique writing system and rich cultural background. There are now millions of people learning Japanese around the world, drawn to the language and country through everything from pop culture such as Manga, Anime and video games to the more traditional arts, such as Origami and pottery, and of course Japan’s world class cuisine. Learning Japanese will provide greater insight into the inner workings of Japanese society with its complex mannerisms in both social and business situations which can lead to fun and interesting experiences and exciting new career opportunities. UEA offers Japanese language courses throughout the year, starting […]
On Saturday 22nd July, twenty two international scholars of Japanese arts and cultures arrived in Norwich to participate in the second Ishibashi Foundation Summer Fellowship. Organised by the University of East Anglia and the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, and generously funded by the Ishibashi Foundation, the three week-long programme immerses the fellows in various aspects of Japanese arts and cultures, led by leading academics from top universities around the world. The fellows have come from all over the world, and are a broad mix of MA students, PhD candidates and also professional museum curators, all with different interests, from photography to ukiyo-e to tea […]
Obada Kassoumah talks explains the challenges and triumphs of translating sports manga Captain Tsubasa into his native Arabic. Featuring a pirated Arabic version of a beloved Japanese anime and the sound of someone knocking the door. Content warning: 1980s graphics Double content warning: drunk football coach
This striking modern-looking 17 metre long theatre curtain was painted on the 30 June 1880 by artist Kawanabe Kyōsai. It was painted in one 4 hour long session when the artist was drunk. The Citi exhibition Manga 23 May – 26 August 2019 Supported by Citi Logistics partner IAG Cargo
Manga Exhibition curator tour! Professor Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere went live on the British Museum’s Facebook page on 4th July 2019 and gave an exclusive tour of the Manga Exhibition.
Curator Nicole Rousmaniere loves manga A LOT! In this short intro to the Citi exhibition Manga she speaks about what is so special about the show and shares some of her favourite manga. The Citi exhibition Manga 23 May – 26 August 2019 Supported by Citi Logistics partner IAG Cargo Music: Artist: Lee Rosevere Title: Tech Toys Album: Music For Podcasts
About the Programme The Faculty of Letters of the University of Tokyo, in conjunction with the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, invites applications from undergraduate students who are not of Japanese nationality and interested in Japanese archaeology and heritage to take part in a two-week Summer School programme in Japan. Participants will spend the whole period with undergraduate students from the University of Tokyo and learn together about Japanese culture and history. This is the sixth year that this exciting program will be run. Dates and contents of the programme The program will run from the 9th to 23rd September 2019. The first week of […]
Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures together with the University of East Anglia are delighted to announce the launch of our new MA programme in Interdisciplinary Japanese Studies, beginning in autumn 2020. Administered through UEA’s Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities, home to the University’s Centre for Japanese Studies, this MA course is a collaboration of Japan specialists from both the University and the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures. Lecturers with academic focus on Japan from several schools of study at UEA, as well as academic staff of the Sainsbury Institute together have developed an innovative interdisciplinary curriculum for students who want to know […]
Thursday 23 May 2019 – Monday 26 Aug 2019 British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG The British Museum has organised an extensive programme of events surrounding the upcoming Manga exhibition. The Citi Exhibition Manga was curated by our Research Director Professor Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere, alongside our Senior Digital Humanities Officer Dr Ryoko Matsuba, and Dr Hiromi Uchida. Late Manga: colour and style Fri 5 Jul, 18.00–21.30 Celebrating Japanese manga, art, fashion and design, this event includes manga drawing workshops with award-winning manga artist Kutsuwada Chie, music performances by Ichikawa Hibiki and DJ Takaki and a sake tasting. It will also feature a manga-inspired fashion show by students from the University of the […]
Jesus and Buddha are back in Vol 13 of Saint Oniisan. Join Nicole for this exciting unboxing event! Enter a graphic world where art and storytelling collide in the largest exhibition of manga ever to take place outside of Japan.
The Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese would like to congratulate the Toshiba International Foundation (TIFO) on their 30th anniversary in April 2019. We recognize the continuing significance of TIFO’s mission statement, encouraging greater understanding of Japanese culture around the world, and are very grateful for two decades of their generous support of the Sainsbury Institute. Executive Director of the Sainsbury Institute, Professor Simon Kaner, contributed a video message of congratulations to TIFO’s Voices of the World on their anniversary site. You can see the video or read a transcript of the message (in English or Japanese) here.
The Sainsbury Institute offers its warmest congratulations to Japan on the accession of His Majesty Emperor Naruhito on Wednesday 1st May 2019 and looks forward to continuing to promote the study and understanding of Japan and its place in the world into the new Reiwa era. If you would like to offer your own congratulations, the Embassy of Japan in the UK has a commemorative guest book set up this week for people to express their well-wishes. The name of the era is taken from two characters used in the preface to poem below. The poem is part of a collection called Man’yōshū (万葉集, ‘Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves’). Thank you to Thomas McCauley […]