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  • Report: Professor David Richardson’s Visit to Japan

    Report: Professor David Richardson’s Visit to Japan

    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…

  • Jesus and Buddha do Christmas in Tokyo I Christmas Curator’s Corner

    Jesus and Buddha do Christmas in Tokyo I Christmas Curator’s Corner

    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.

  • Manga at the Museum 博物館の漫画 I Curator’s Corner season 4 episode 7

    Manga at the Museum 博物館の漫画 I Curator’s Corner season 4 episode 7

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    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

  • Making beauty: Onishi Isao

    Making beauty: Onishi Isao

    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…

  • Making beauty: Suda Kenji

    Making beauty: Suda Kenji

    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.

  • 200th Third Thursday Lecture

    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…

  • Annual Report 2016-2017

    Annual Report 2016-2017

    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…

  • Change of leadership at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

    Change of leadership at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

    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…

  • Making beauty: Mori Junko

    Making beauty: Mori Junko

    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…

  • Making beauty: Hosono Hitomi

    Making beauty: Hosono Hitomi

    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…

  • Curator’s Corner Season 2 Episode 2

    Curator’s Corner Season 2 Episode 2

    Why you should love Japanese manhole covers Professor Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere talks about the wonders of manhole covers in Japan

  • Why you should love Japanese manhole covers

    Why you should love Japanese manhole covers

    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.