The Sainsbury Institute was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Professor Donald Keene in Tokyo on Sunday 24 February at the age of 96. The doyenne of Japanese literary studies, Professor Keene was a great friend of the Institute. In 2001 he gave the inaugural address marking the establishment of the Institute, in Norwich Cathedral, on the theme of the Meiji Emperor, a superlative biography about whom he had just completed. In 2003 he gave the inaugural Toshiba Lectures in Japanese Arts about the literati painter Watanabe Kazan, a study subsequently published by Columbia University Press as The Frog in the Well. And in 2009 he gave the inaugural […]
The Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, and the Centre for Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia are now inviting applications for an intensive three-week postgraduate Ishibashi Foundation Summer Fellowship in Japanese Arts and Cultural Heritage. The academic leads on this programme are SISJAC’s Dr Jennifer Coates and Dr Eugenia Bogdanova-Kummer. Dates: 27 July – 17 August 2019 Locations: Norwich, London, and Cambridge. Classes will take place on UEA campus, home to the renowned Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, and also at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures in the historic centre of the city of Norwich. Taught by leading specialists in […]
Tuesday 19 Feb 2019 – Friday 29 Mar 2019 | 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday Embassy of Japan 101-104 Piccadilly London W1J 7JT The Embassy of Japan first launched ‘Manga Jiman’, a manga-writing competition open to UK residents, with great success in 2007. The competition has grown rapidly since and is now in its twelfth year. Entrants aged fourteen or over, were required to make some reference to the theme ‘home’ within six to eight pages of original manga. View the winning entries from the 2018 competition in this exhibition. Admission Free but photo ID required to enter the Embassy. To see the event on the Embassy’s site, see here. […]
Professor David Richardson, Vice Chancellor of the University of East Anglia and Chair of the Sainsbury Institutefor the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures visited Japan for the third time in December 2018. He was accompaniedby his wife, Dr Andrea Blanchflower, and Professor Simon Kaner, Executive Director of the Sainsbury Institute andDirector of the Centre for Japanese Studies at UEA, and the largest delegation ever sent to Japan by the University. Take a look at the report here.
The “Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-20” bridges the Rugby World Cup 2019 and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Japan will organise the Japan Season of Culture in the UK, and the UK will oversee the UK Season of Culture in Japan in parallel. This was agreed between the Prime Ministers of Japan and the UK in August 2017. The Embassy of Japan in the UK has created a website bringing together Japan-related events, and events organised by Japan-related organisations, across the UK. It is a comprehensive guide to the Japan-UK Season of Culture, and events can be sorted by month or category. The Sainsbury Institute will have events featured throughout, which you […]
Professor David Richardson, Vice Chancellor of the University of East Anglia and Chair of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures visited Japan for the third time in December 2018. He was accompanied by his wife, Dr Andrea Blanchflower, and Professor Simon Kaner, Executive Director of the Sainsbury Institute and Director of the Centre for Japanese Studies at UEA, and the largest delegation ever sent to Japan by the University. Take a look at the report here.
How does Jesus spend his birthday? According to manga artist Hikaru Nakamura, being deeply jealous of Santa Claus, arguing with patisserie staff and confessing to a priest. Find out more in this special festive edition of Curator’s Corner with Nicole Rousmaniere.
Nicole Rousmaniere follows on from her episode on Japanese manhole covers with a short discussion on some of the Manga collected by the British Museum. The Citi exhibition ‘Manga マンガ’ opens 23 May 2019. Supported by Citi Logistics partner IAG Cargo
This series celebrates the work of living Japanese artists and craftspeople. Onishi Isao makes exquisitely beautiful wooden lacquer trays, bowls and plates. Each item takes one full year to create. He painstakingly shapes the raw wood, paints on hundreds of paper-thin layers of lacquer and polishes the pieces to a high shine. Every object is imbued with a vitality that belies its simplistic form. This film series has been produced with the support of JTI.
This series celebrates the work of living Japanese artists and craftspeople. Using the traditional Japanese techniques of ‘sashimono’ and ‘kogei’, Suda Kenji creates artworks which are perfectly functioning miniatures of everyday objects that are almost startling in their beautiful perfection. This film series has been produced with the support of JTI.
Report On Thursday 20th September almost 250 people joined us to mark the 200th Third Thursday Lecture given by His Excellency Koji Tsuruoka, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary at the Assembly House. Contributing greatly to longevity of the Third Thursday Lectures, which have been running since 2001, are our funders Yakult UK, the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. We were delighted to have Mr Hiroaki Yoshimura, Managing Director of Yakult UK, and Mr Brendan Griggs, CEO of Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation join us for the lecture. A number of other representatives from organisations who have supported the Sainsbury Institute attended, including the Japan Foundation, the Japan Society of the […]
The Sainsbury Institute reports its activities on an annual basis through a series of E-magazines and Annual Reports. These include information about research projects and networks, lectures, conferences and workshops. Sainsbury Institute Annual Report 2016-2017 The Annual Report gives details of our Fellowship programmes, with updates on past and current research fellows, and developments in the Lisa Sainsbury Library. Previous Annual Reports can be downloaded as PDF files. Currently, Annual Reports are produced in line with the Institute’s financial year, which ends in July.
Mami Mizutori leaves her role as Executive Director and is replaced by Simon Kaner to take up her new appointment as United Nations Assistant Secretary-General On 28 February 2018, Mami Mizutori will end her tenure as Executive Director. She will be replaced by Simon Kaner, Head of the Centre for Archaeology and Heritage on 1 March 2018. Mami will start a new job from March at the Geneva headquarters of the United Nations as the Assistant Secretary-General and Special Representative of Disaster Risk Reduction. She would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the warm support and friendship she received during her time at Norwich. She hopes […]
This series celebrates the work of living Japanese artists and craftspeople. Mori Junko employs traditional Japanese metalworking techniques including hand-forging steel with thousands of individually hand-cut nails crafted together to create compelling sculptural forms. Her signature piece is now in the Museum’s Japanese collection. She takes inspiration from the world around her and uses her imagination to turn metal into organic sculptural forms. She initially worked as a welding assistant in Toma steel factory. In 1998 she came to the UK and enrolled in a silversmithing and metalworking degree at Camberwell College of Art. Now based in the Llyn Peninsula, Wales, she is a transnational artist whose work graphically demonstrates […]
This series celebrates the work of living Japanese artists and craftspeople. Hosono Hitomi makes extraordinary, beautiful ceramic works and her ‘Large Feather Leaves Bowl’ is a highlight of the Museum’s Japanese collection. She painstakingly attached 1,000 individual leaves, the entire process taking one year to complete. The leaves appear to be gently rustling in the wind. The film captures the process of creation and Hitomi describes how she draws on memories of her mother’s garden and family rice fields in Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture, as well as her knowledge of nature in London, where she now lives. Hitomi graduated from Kanazawa College of Art, going on to study at the Royal […]
Why you should love Japanese manhole covers Professor Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere talks about the wonders of manhole covers in Japan
While walking through the streets of Nagaoka in Japan, Curator Nicole Rousmaniere noticed she was standing on a prehistoric Japanese pot…well, a representation of one of these pots. ‘Dezain manhōru’ are designed manhole covers, and Nicole has recently acquired one for the British Museum’s collection.
The Handa Japanese Archaeology Fellowship was established in 2003, and is funded through the International Jomon Culture Conference by the Japanese philanthropist Handa Haruhisa. The fellowships are designed to allow a particularly promising Japanese archaeologist to spend a year with the Sainsbury Institute. There have to date been five Handa Japanese Archaeology Fellows. Handa Japanese Archaeology Fellowship application is now open. Deadline: 3 October 2016. For more details, please refer to the details available here (in Japanese only) Contact
The Sainsbury Institute and the Global Exchange Organisation for Research and Education of Gakushuin University, Japan, signed a memorandum of understanding for research exchange and collaboration in July 2016. This is a further boost to the Institute’s well established network of research partners. The memorandum would help foster a stronger research presence through development of joint lectures, publications, academic events and exchanges of research staff and information including library materials and research publications. We look forward to working on joint symposia, seminars and exchange visits by researchers in the coming years as a direct result of the memorandum signing.
9 Aug 2016 Publication Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere contributed an article in remembrance of Lady Lisa Sainsbury, one of the founders of the Institute, and her contribution to Japanese Art Studies in the recently published book, Britain and Japan: Biographical Portrait volume X.Lady Sainsbury, together with her husband Sir Robert, were patrons of the art with discerning imagination and unparalleled vision. They hired the then little known architect, Norman Foster, to build a multi-functional gallery space to house their exquisite art collection, which they gifted to the University of East Anglia. Nicole notes that while many remember Lisa’s contribution to the arts, her deep interest and support for Japnaese arts has […]
Our Friends’ scheme was launched in autumn 2012. Since then we have held over twenty special events for our Friends who have enjoyed closer engagement with the Institute’s activities while helping us promote the study of Japanese arts and cultures. We are very grateful to our Friends for their support. Their kindness and generosity have always been a source of inspiration and great encouragement for us. Following a recent strategic review, which considered the future directions of the Institute, our Management Board has made the difficult decision to discontinue our Friends’ scheme. Whilst the scheme has brought our supporters and friends together and has delivered many inspiring events at 64, […]
Ishibashi Scholarship Ishibashi Scholarship for Graduate Students Majoring in Art History in Japan Ishibashi Foundation is offering a scholarship through Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (JEES) to graduate students who are planning to conduct research in art history in one of the selected universities in Japan. Amount and Duration of Scholarship 150,000 yen/month（Maximum duration: Two years） Eligibility and Application Procedures Eligibility Graduate students who are planning to study art history in one of the selected universities in Japan. Please see below for the list of the universities. Graduate students who are not living in Japan at the time of application; Graduate students who have no difficulty in understanding lectures or […]
Research Partnership Sainsbury Institute signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Kanagawa University’s Research Center for Nonwritten Cultural Materials, Institute for the Study of Japanese Folk Culture Sainsbury Institute signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Kanagawa University’s Research Center for Nonwritten Cultural Materials, Institute for the Study of Japanese Folk Culture In March this year, the Sainsbury Institute signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Research Centre for Nonwritten Cultural Materials, Institute for the Study of Japanese Folk Culture, Kanagawa University. This is a result of the visit to the Center at Kanagawa University by our Executive Director, Mami Mizutori, and Simon Kaner, Head of Centre for Archaeology and Heritage, where […]
Memorandum of Understanding Sainsbury Institute signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Kokugakuin University’s Organization for the Advancement of Research and Development The Sainsbury Institute signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Kokugakuin University’s Organization for the Advancement of Research and Development in Tokyo on 8 March 2016. The Memorandum follows a research collaboration agreement made in 2009, and was signed by Inoue Nobutaka, Head of Advancement of Research and Development and Professor of Shinto Culture, and Mami Mizutori, Executive Director of the Sainsbury Institute.The Memorandum promotes collaborative academic research between the two organisations including conducting joint research projects, exchange of researchers and other academic activities.After the signing, Professor Inoue and Mami […]
Griffith Asia Institute Q&A panel Watch the video Australia-Japan Security Relations in a Changing Region On 4 February, the Executive Director, Mami Mizutori participated in a Q&A panel event in Brisbane, Australia. The event titled ‘Australia-Japan Security Relations in a Changing Region’ was organised by the Griffith Asia Institute. As part of a panel of five experts in the field, Mami answered questions from the audience pertaining to bilateral defense cooperations, the precarious situation in North Korea and opportunities that the increasingly close bilateral relations present for young Australians aspiring to work in Japan.
In the lead up to the translated publication of Katsumata Susumu’s Fukushima Devil Fish: Anti-Nuclear Manga, Ryan Holmberg writes in Art in America on how Japanese artists – especially manga authors – have taken on the growing issue of atomic power in the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima reactor crisis. Dr Ryan Holmberg is Academic Associate at the Sainsbury Institute and Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellow at Waseda University in Tokyo. Fukushima Devil Fish: Anti-Nuclear Manga edited and translated by Ryan will be published by Breakdown Press and due out in Spring 2016. Art in America
When Manga Was Pop Ryan Holmberg Even before the heyday of Pop art in the West, Japnaese comics fused global vernacular influences into a playful hybrid aesthetics. Dr Ryan Holmberg, Academic Associate at the Sainsbury Institute and Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellow at Waseda University in Tokyo writes how images of Popeye, Tarzan, Batman, pistol-packing cowboys, sci-fi heroes and other staples of the Western popular imagination infiltrated Japanese comics long before the official birth of the Pop art movement in Art in America. Art in America, January 2016
The British Museum acquires a pair of komainu (koma dog) Arita porcelain figures by Komatsu Miwa (1984 – ). The dogs were first exhibited as part of the Gold Medal awarded garden designed by Ishihara Kazuyuki at 2015 Chelsea Flower Show. The Institute’s Research Director, Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere was instrumental in negotiating the acquisition, who describes Komatsu Miwa’s work as important pieces that demonstrate the spirit of the artist as much as the technical prowess.
Sainsbury Institute and Breakdown Press’ manga line has been named as no. 1 in graphic novelist and animator Dash Shaw’s Top Ten list for Artforum International Breakdown Press review
12 May 2015 Read about the ideation of Ryan Holmberg’s Sainsbury Institute and Breakdown Press manga series. Read more
Tokyo Summer Programme | 1-15 August, 2015 Call for Applications for the Faculty of Letters of the University of Tokyo Summer Program in Japanese Archaeology and Heritage 2015 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 program 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 second year […]
Deadline for online applications is 31 March 2015 Watch clips from the 2014 Summer School The Sainsbury Institute is delighted to be able to offer three full bursaries to students from the European Union including the UK interested in Japanese Studies for ‘Japan Orientation: New Directions in Japanese Studies’, a fully accredited Summer School at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, from 27 June – 24 July 2015. These bursaries will cover all tuition fees, accommodation and food, study trips, and 12 hours of Japanese language teaching. Students from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia are eligible to apply for another bursary programme, supported by the Toshiba International Foundation. […]
On 6 January of this year, Mizutori Mami, Executive Director of the Sainsbury Institute and Professor Osano Shigetoshi, Dean of the Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology and also of the Faculty of Letters of The University of Tokyo signed an agreement on academic exchanges between the two organizations. The signing ceremony took place at the Hongo Campus of the University of Tokyo with Dr Simon Kaner, Head of the Centre for Archaeology and Heritage present from the Institute. Since its establishment, expanding and deepening our ties with Japanese higher education institutions has always been regarded as a top priority issue for the Sainsbury Institute. This most recent agreement forged […]
The Sainsbury Institute is pleased to announce that a book edited and translated by one of our Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow, Ryan Holmberg, won the prestigious Will Eisner Comic Industry Award. The book, Tezuka Osamu’s The Mysterious Underground Men, includes an essay by Holmberg and is published by PictureBox. It received the award for Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material, Asia. Unfortunately, PictureBox is no longer operational. Dr Holmberg hopes that this encourages another publisher to take a chance on picking up the series. Osamu Tezuka’s The Mysterious Underground Men
Okano Junko late last year to early this year completed her secondment based at the Lisa Sainsbury Library as part of the library exchange programme between the Keio library and the Sainsbury Institute. Junko has been working as an acquisition librarian at the Keio University Media Center after graduating from the School of Library and Information Science at the Keio University. During her secondment, she visited other UK academic libraries such as SOAS Library, Cambridge University Library, Oxford Bodleian Japanese Library and British Library Document Supply Centre as well as some Japanese studies libraries in Paris during her stay from 23 Sep. 2013 to 17 Jan. 2014. The Sainsbury Institute […]
Tokyo Summer Programme | 30 July-13 August, 2014 Call for Applications for theUniversity of Tokyo 2014 Summer Programmein Japanese Archaeology and Heritage About the Programme The University of Tokyo, in conjunction with the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, invites applications from undergraduate students interested in Japanese archaeology and heritage to take part in a new two-week Summer School programme in Japan from 30th July to 13th August. The Summer School will involve a week based in Tokyo (30th July to 6th August), visiting museums and excavation sites and attending a few lectures, followed by a week at the Tokyo University Tokoro Field Station (from 6th to […]
The Sainsbury Institute is saddened to announce the death of its benefactor Lady Lisa Sainsbury. Lady Sainsbury died on 6th February aged 101. It was her vision, and that of her husband Sir Robert, who died in 2000, that led to the establishment of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (SISJAC) in 1999. Sir Robert and Lisa Sainsbury were among the greatest collectors of art and most prominent benefactors of the arts in the United Kingdom in modern times. Their collecting partnership spanned more than sixty years. Their stunning art collection was donated to the University of East Anglia, Norwich in 1973 where it is […]
The Sainsbury Institute and the Nara University signed an agreement of cooperation on 8 January. Nara University is a private university founded 45 years ago. They are a specialized university in humanities with a strong focus on archaeology and cultural heritage studies. Dr Simon Kaner has cultivated a good relationship with Nara University through his former contacts at the Cultural Agency and other organizations, who are now teaching and researching at the university. Nara University has ongoing cooperative relationships with two universities each in both China and Korea. The Sainsbury Institute is the first European academic institutions with which the university has a formal agreement. The agreement was signed between […]
Members of the International Map Collectors’ Society (IMCoS) will visit the Saisbury Institute on 4 April 2014 to come and see the Cortazzi Map Collection in the Lisa Sainsbury Library. The society based in England with members from all parts of the globe publishes quarterly journals and holds annual international symposia on maps. It also organizes related events for its members including the annual spring visits to important map collections in the UK or Europe. The society will venture to Norfolk for this year’s spring outing and will be shown the Cortazzi Map Collection at the Institute. The editor of IMCoS journal came across the Cortazzi collection when some 60 […]
The Sainsbury Institute signed a formal five-year research agreement with National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo (TOBUNKEN) on 24 July 2013. Under the project ‘Shaping the Fundamentals of Research on Japanese Art’, the Sainsbury Institute will develop an on-line English database on Japanese art research outside Japan to compliment the Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo’s own art reference database comprised of information on art related publications printed in Japan in Japanese. Sainsbury Institute will be responsible for collecting and disseminating information on publications and exhibitions related to Japanese art in English. The objective is for the database to act as the first point of reference for those interested in […]