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  • (Closed) Call for Applications: Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellowships 2021-22

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    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 […]

  • Beyond Japan Episode 1: Stone Circles of Akita and Wiltshire with Professor Simon Kaner

    Beyond Japan Episode 1: Stone Circles of Akita and Wiltshire with Professor Simon Kaner

    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 […]

  • Online Jomon Matsuri: Summer Solstice

    Online Jomon Matsuri: Summer Solstice

    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 […]

  • Online Jomon Matsuri: An invitation to participate

    Online Jomon Matsuri: An invitation to participate

    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. […]

  • Website Update

    Website Update

    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 […]

  • What is a Japanese Living National Treasure?

    What is a Japanese Living National Treasure?

    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 […]

  • Call for applications: Robert & Lisa Sainsbury Fellowships 2020-2021 (Closed)

    Call for applications: Robert & Lisa Sainsbury Fellowships 2020-2021 (Closed)

    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 […]

  • Apply to take part in Sainsbury Institute – University of Tokyo Faculty of Letters Winter Programme (Closed)

    Apply to take part in Sainsbury Institute – University of Tokyo Faculty of Letters Winter Programme (Closed)

    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 […]

  • Handa Archaeology Fellow Junzo Uchiyama’s article published in Nature Ecology & Evolution

    Handa Archaeology Fellow Junzo Uchiyama’s article published in Nature Ecology & Evolution

    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 […]

  • Watch Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere in action at Panasonic SPORTS x MANGA Exhibition

    Watch Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere in action at Panasonic SPORTS x MANGA Exhibition

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    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 […]

  • Learn Japanese with UEA’s Evening Language Programme

    Learn Japanese with UEA’s Evening Language Programme

    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 […]

  • Ishibashi Foundation Summer Fellowship in Japanese Arts and Cultures

    Ishibashi Foundation Summer Fellowship in Japanese Arts and Cultures

    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 […]