Japanese History – Archaeology Project Online The role of history in education is currently in the headlines in the UK, as the future direction of how children are taught about the past is debated as part of the current government’s education reforms. With the sponsorship of Hitachi Europe and Hitachi Solutions Europe, the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures will develop a new online resource which will provide unprecedented access for school children in UK and other English speaking countries to some of humanity’s most significant but woefully under-appreciated cultural heritage, the historical and archaeological treasures of the Japanese archipelago. This resource will enable students across […]
As We Enter 2014 One year has passed since the Liberal Democratic Party government, led by Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, was established in late December of 2013. In response, the mood in Japan seems far more positive than a year ago. The first two arrows of Abe’s ‘Three Arrow Policy’ have been successfully implemented so far. These consist of monetary and fiscal policies designed to boost the economy that had been languishing during the past few decades. However, to bring about a lasting economic recovery, plans that also include structural reforms need to be put into place. Can more women be introduced into the work force, or possibly even more […]
LectureFriday 1 Nov 2013 | 4 pm Royal College of Art, Dyson Building1 Hester Road, Battersea, London SW11 4AN(followed by refreshments and sake) Moriguchi Kunihiko (Yūzen textiles) & Murose Kazumi (Maki-e lacquer-work)with Dr Rupert Faulkner, Senior Curator, Asian Department, Victoria and Albert Museum, London About the Presentations This is an extremely rare opportunity to hear two illustrated presentations by two Japanese Living National Treasures. Moriguchi Kunihiko (b. 1941) is a Y?zen textile artist from Kyoto. He uses a resist-dyeing technique which dates back to the 17th century and yet his striking geometrical kimono designs are firmly rooted in the present. Murose Kazumi (b. 1950) from Tokyo creates meticulous maki-e (lit. […]
Art Fund COLLECT took place on 10 May 2013 to coincide with the opening of COLLECT 2013 at London’s Saatchi Gallery. The fair was held from 10-13 May. Details of the award can be found here: The Art Fund Crafts Council Professor Nicole Rousmaniere (Research Director) won the Art Fund COLLECT award. Representing the British Museum where she is currently seconded, she secured the award which helped fund the purchase of an outstanding piece of contemporary craft object together with eight other museum representatives. Art Fund COLLECT, set up jointly by the Art Fund and the Crafts Council in 2008, is a scheme which offers UK museums the chance to enhance […]
BBC Radio 4 Podcast: Jomon Pot Simon Kaner (Assistant Director, Sainsbury Institute; Senior Lecturer, University of East Anglia) was on BBC Radio 4 on 29 January as a part of the series ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects.’ He discussed the bottom part of a Jomon pot that was subsequently used as a mizusashi (water container) in the tea ceremony with Neil McGregor (Director, British Museum) and Doi Takashi (Agency for Cultural Affairs). The pot is now in the British Museum collections.A History of the World in 100 Objects
BBC Radio 4 Podcast: Jomon Pot Simon Kaner (Assistant Director, Sainsbury Institute; Senior Lecturer, University of East Anglia) was on BBC Radio 4 on 29 January as a part of the series ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects.’ He discussed the bottom part of a Jomon pot that was subsequently used as a mizusashi (water container) in the tea ceremony with Neil McGregor (Director, British Museum) and Doi Takashi (Agency for Cultural Affairs). The pot is now in the British Museum collections. A History of the World in 100 Objects
Friends EventWednesday 16 Jan 2013 | 6 – 8pm (followed by a reception) Sainsbury Institute, 64 The Close, Norwich NR1 4DH Invitation to a Traditional Japanese New Year Party at the Institute Cost: Members £15 / Non-members £20Price includes: a buffet of traditional Japanese New Year food, sushi, sake, wine and other refreshments, plus the opportunity to learn about Japanese New Year customs and to play traditional gamesDress code: Smart casual Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to attend the event, please complete the booking form and return it to us together with your payment. This event is open to both […]
Partners Event, PerformanceFriday 7 Dec 2012 | 6.30 pm Stevenson Lecture Theatre, the British Museum Stevenson Lecture Theatre | £5 (members/concessions £3)Booking is essential. The Jōmon, Japan’s oldest known culture, are the inspiration behind Yamagami Susumu’s ethereal music, which he performs on a shakuhachi (traditional Japanese flute) and a tsugaru shamisen (three-stringed instrument). He will be joined by Professors Taniguchi Yasuhiro and David Hughes, experts on Jōmon culture and traditional Japanese music. Please arrive punctually to guarantee admission. For further information and booking, please click: The British Museum The Asahi Shimbun Display Flame and water pots: prehistoric ceramic art from Japan will be open so you can explore the ceramic tradition of this ancient people. Flame […]
On 6 March, at the Japanese Roof Garden adjacent to the Brunei Gallery of SOAS, a simple but moving ceremony to commemorate the first year anniversary of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami disaster was conducted. The event was held in conjunction with the photo exhibition, ‘Tohoku’, co-organised by the Zen Foto Gallery in Japan, SOAS and the Sainsbury Institute. The exhibition will continue until 24 March. When the co-organisers started to plan this exhibition, we conceived of an event suitable near the date of the one year anniversary. From the beginning, we were in agreement that the solemn atmosphere of the Japanese Roof Garden was the perfect setting. […]
Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere On 25 July 2011, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan announced that it will be awarding Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere with the Foreign Minister’s Commendation for her services to the promotion of mutual understanding between Japan and the UK. Dr Rousmaniere was Founding Director of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures when it was established in 1999 and presently Research Director of the Institute. With research interests in Japanese contemporary craft expression, Japanese manga and early modern to contemporary ceramics, Dr Rousmaniere has been instrumental in furthering cultural exchange between our two nations. The Foreign Minister’s Commendations are awarded to individuals and […]
The library will have WiFi installed this winter providing all visitors with access to the Internet on their own Laptops or Mobile device. The library welcomed Ms Rebecca Hawthorne, an M.A. student in Paper Conservation, Camberwell College of Art, University of the Arts London, in September 2012 to undertake a survey of the Cortazzi Map Collection currently on loan to the Sainsbury Institute from Sir Hugh Cortazzi. The collection was being surveyed for a restoration project that will allow an exhibition of the maps for the 10th anniversary of the Lisa Sainsbury Library. Her detailed report identified many useful suggestions for conserving the map collection. Rebecca will be carrying out […]
Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere in conversation with Shioda Junichi Click here to read about Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere discuss New Museology in the Wochikochi Magazine, Japan Foundation’s new monthly web-magazine, with Shioda Junichi, Executive Art Director of Aomori Museum of Art.
Simon Kaner received the 11th Annual Miyasaka Fusakazu Memorial Togariishi Jomon Culture Award. Every year Chino city in Nagano Prefecture, Japan celebrates an individual (or organization) who has made an outstanding contribution to the study of Jomon culture (13000-400 BC) through the award. In memory of archaeologist Miyasaka Fusakazu (1887-1975) who’s pioneering work on the discovery of Togariishi site and the study of middle Jomon period helped transform our understanding of Japanese prehistory, the award marks those who demonstrate exceptional achievement in the field. Dr Kaner is the first non-Japanese recipient of this prestigious award. His extensive research on Jomon culture, which culminated over recent years into AHRC-funded exhibitions at […]
Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere was awarded the 30th Anniversary Pola Traditional Culture Award for her distinguished service in promoting the traditional arts and culture of Japan on 20 October 2010. She is the first non-Japanese person to receive the prestigious award. This special anniversary award recognizes young scholars or institutions that have demonstrated considerable achievement in safeguarding, sustaining and promoting non-tangible traditional cultures of Japan.
A Japanese karesansui garden arrangement has been built in the consecrated ground of the Norwich Cathedral. The cathedral founded in 1096 is one of the finest examples of Norman architecture in Britain serving as a place of worship for over 900 years. The new Sainsbury Japanese Garden links the 11th century cathedral to the newly opened Hostry built on the original monastic ground, and offers all visitors a moment for contemplation and a space for physical, temporal and spiritual transitions as they traverse between the two historic sites. The original request for the Japanese garden came from The Reverend Canon Jeremy Haselock, who has visited Japan many times. He drew […]
Three months have passed since the earthquake and tsunami struck northeastern Japan. Our thoughts continue to go to all who are contributing towards the rebuilding efforts and helping towards easing the suffering caused by this terrible disaster. At the Sainsbury Institute, we are continuing with our mission to promote the deeper understanding of Japanese arts and cultures in the UK and Europe. At the same time, we are proactively considering how best to fulfill our commitment to the recovery and reconstruction taking place in Japan, paying particular attention to the arts, culture and heritage. It is now eleven years since the establishment of the Sainsbury Institute. We are extremely grateful […]
New Developments at the Sainsbury Institute and in Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia The Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (SISJAC) is delighted to announce the appointment of Mami Mizutori as Executive Director of the Institute from 1 May 2011. Ms Mizutori is currently a Senior Fellow at SISJAC and previously worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, her last post being Director for Financial Affairs, following appointments in London and Washington. Ms Mizutori joins the Sainsbury Institute as it embarks upon its second decade of facilitating and delivering innovative research into all aspects of Japanese arts and cultures. The Founding […]
Arts of Fire, Transformation of Space: Masterworks of Contemporary Japanese Porcelain 7 July-12 November 2012Salle Eden, Place de la Liberation, VallaurisT : + 33 4 93 64 71 83 Contact the BiennaleCity of Vallauris About the Exhibition The Twenty-second International Biennale of Vallauris, which runs from 7 July to the 12 November this year has chosen Japan as its guest country for the first time. The Municipality of Vallauris felt it was appropriate on the Twenty-second Biennale to celebrate excellence in contemporary Japanese porcelain with an exhibition, workshops and events to commemorate the resilience of Japan and Japanese ceramic artists after the Great Eastern Earthquake of last year. They have […]
The Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures continues to encourage donations to the Japan Society Relief Fund (link). We are also aware of a number of other appeals, in particular regarding cultural properties. The Institute is now monitoring the situation regarding the impact on cultural properties in particular (including archaeological remains, locations associated with the production of artistic and craft output, museums and art galleries). The Institute expects to be announcing a new project on the impact of the disaster on cultural properties in the near future. In the meantime, the following links provide further information about various western-language initiatives and networks relating to the impact […]
Simon Kaner (Assistant Director, Sainsbury Institute; Senior Lecturer, University of East Anglia) was on BBC Radio 4 on 29 January as a part of the series ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects.’ He discussed the bottom part of a Jomon pot that was subsequently used as a mizusashi (water container) in the tea ceremony with Neil McGregor (Director, British Museum) and Doi Takashi (Agency for Cultural Affairs). The pot is now in the British Museum collections.
With the introduction of the Sasakawa Lectureship in 2008, the Sainsbury Institute has extended its research activities to the field of contemporary media studies. Dr Ulrich Heinze established an international network of researchers and organising international workshop on Japanese Media Studies every two years. The last workshop entitled “Disaster and Cultural Change” was held on 20 April 2012.