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.