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December 17, 2011

1st Nishikawa Sukenobu Conference

The 1st Nishikawa Sukenobu Conference will be held as below. All are welcome to attend.

Date: December 17, 2011 – December 18, 2011 (Saturday and Sunday)

Location: International Research Center for Japanese Studies, 2nd Joint Research Room (Daini kyōdō kenkyūshitsu)

–Ishigami, PD



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November 18, 2011

INKE Research Foundations for Understanding Books and Reading in a Digital Age: Text and Beyond

The following presentation was made at the INKE Research Foundations for Understanding Books and Reading in a Digital Age: Text and Beyond conference.


Date: November 18, 2011 (Friday)

Location: Ritsumeikan University, Kinugasa Campus, Soshikan Hall

Title: “Digital Archiving of Printing Blocks and Bibliography Based on It”

Presenter: Takaaki Kaneko

November 5, 2011

Japan Society of Publishing Studies Fall 2011 Meeting

The following presentation was made at the Japan Society of Publishing Studies Fall 2011 Meeting.


Date: November 5, 2011 (Saturday)

Location: Chukyo University, Nagoya Campus

Title: “The Role of Woodblocks in Early Modern Publishing: The Function of Blank Woodblocks”

Presenter: Takaaki Kaneko

October 29, 2011

IAJS Convention

The International Association for Japan Studies (IAJS) 7th Convention was held at Kyoto Women’s University.


Professor Keiko Suzuki: 

“Selling ‘Japan’ to the West: Kimono Culture in the Twentieth Century”


Mizuho Kamo:

“Transformations of the ‘Whose sleeves?’ (Tagasode) Motif in Various Art Forms: An Interdisciplinary Study of Art, Literature and Design”

October 14, 2011

Research talk at the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies at Oxford University

I will give a talk at the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University.


Date: October 14 (Friday), 5:00pm ~

Location: The Dahrendorf Room, Founders’ Building, St. Antony’s College

Title: “Japanese Ceramics for the Korean Market: Seoul in the early 1900s”


–Maezaki, PD

October 13, 2011

Lecture at the Ashmolean Museum

I will conduct the following lecture at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England.


Date: October 13 (Thursday), 16:00~17:00

Topic: “The Japanese-style kiln at the Leach Pottery: Matsubayashi Tsurunosuke in St Ives 1923-24”


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–Maezaki, PD

September 2, 2011

Survey of Japanese ceramics at Pillnitz Castle & Moritzburg Castle

I conducted a survey of Japanese ceramics at Pillnitz Castle and Moritzburg Castle, which are located in the vicinity of Dresden, Germany.

Pillnitz Castle:
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I was able to confirm that Pillnitz Castle holds a varied collection of craft goods, ranging from early Edo-period lacquerware exports to Meiji-period ceramics, metalwork, and bamboo art.
Moritzburg Castle:
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Moritzburg Castle, meanwhile, housed a collection of very high-quality Imari ware.
–Maezaki, PD

August 28, 2011

Photographing of Japanese ceramics at the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden


Starting from today until September 1, I will be photographing the Japanese ceramics collection at the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden for digital archiving purposes.

–Maezaki, PD

August 26, 2011

Presentations at EAJS conference held in Estonia (2)

A continuation from yesterday.

Panel: Shunga in its social and cultural context II


Aki Ishigami

“How did Nishikawa Sukenobu’s Shunpon Depict Various Castes?: A Case Study of Iro hiinagata”

August 25, 2011

Presentations at EAJS conference held in Estonia (1)

Members of the Japanese Culture Research Group presented on their research at the International

Conference of the EAJS (European Association for Japanese Studies), held this year in Tallinn,
the capital of Estonia.
Panel: Rethinking the development of style in Japanese art – Tools and Materials as Catalysts
Monika Bincsik
“A touch of gold – screens, calligraphy paper and the decorative arts: Identifying styles and the technical development of metal leaf and powder application”
Shin’ya Maezaki
“Weaving bamboo into the history of Japanese art: The present stage of Japanese bamboo art research”
–Maezaki, PD

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