“Dunhuang Forgeries and Recent Silk Roads Research” – Kyoto National Museum International Symposium now online 

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On 19 March 2022, the Kyoto National Museum’s International Symposium “Dunhuang Forgeries and Recent Silk Roads Research,” was held, co-organized by the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures. In case you were unable to participate in person, the symposium recordings are now available on YouTube below. Fast forward to 1:07:00 to […]

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

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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

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Online Jomon Matsuri

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

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Online Jomon Matsuri
The “Jōmon Venus,” National treasure, Tanabatake (Chino, Nagano), Middle Jōmon, Early Part (ca 3300 BC), H:27.0 cm, Chino City.

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Report: Professor David Richardson’s Visit to Japan

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

MoU signing with Kanagawa University

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Research Partnership Sainsbury Institute signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Kanagawa University’s Research Center for Nonwritten Cultural Materials, Institute for the Study of Japanese Folk Culture Sainsbury Institute signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Kanagawa University’s Research Center for Nonwritten Cultural Materials, Institute for the Study of Japanese Folk Culture In March this year, the […]

Nara University Joins Up With The Sainsbury Institute

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The Sainsbury Institute and the Nara University signed an agreement of cooperation on 8 January. Nara University is a private university founded 45 years ago. They are a specialized university in humanities with a strong focus on archaeology and cultural heritage studies. Dr Simon Kaner has cultivated a good relationship with Nara University through his […]

A History of the World in 100 Objects

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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 […]

Miyasaka Fusakazu Memorial Togariishi Jomon Culture Award

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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 […]

Change of the Senior Management at the Institute

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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 […]

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

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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 […]