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  • 30th Pola Traditional Culture Award

    30th Pola Traditional Culture Award

    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…

  • Sainsbury Institute Japanese Garden

    Sainsbury Institute Japanese Garden

    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…

  • Change of the Senior Management at the Institute

    Change of the Senior Management at the Institute

    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…

  • New Developments

    New Developments

    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…

  • Biennale Internationale de Vallauris: Création Contemporaine et Céramique

    Biennale Internationale de Vallauris: Création Contemporaine et Céramique

    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…

  • Cultural Properties Loss: Statement on the Impact of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on Cultural Properties

    Cultural Properties Loss: Statement on the Impact of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on Cultural Properties

    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,…

  • Jomon Pot A History of the World in 100 Objects After the Ice Age: Food and Sex (9000 – 3500 BC)

    Jomon Pot A History of the World in 100 Objects After the Ice Age: Food and Sex (9000 – 3500 BC)

    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…

  • Media Studies Network

    Media Studies Network

    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…