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November 26, 2011

Seminar at Gakushuin University Museum of History

This is an entry posted by Princess Akiko of Mikasa, a Postdoctoral Fellow.

I delivered a lecture entitled “The Beginning of Japanese Art History: William Anderson and the British Museum” at the 66th Seminar at Gakushuin University Museum of History on November 26th.

More than four hundred people attended. I am grateful for the warm comments that I received from them after the lecture.

November 18, 2011

Announcement of the Upcoming Genre Painting Workshop

We invite you to join us at the biannual Winter Genre Painting Workshop. The following are the dates and contents of the workshop. Please notify us of your attendance in advance. The workshop on both days will be held in Conference Room 2 at the Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University.


December 24th (Sat)


“Bijinga by the Maruyama School: Focusing on Ōkyo, Soken, and Nangaku,” Momo Miyazaki (The Museum Yamato Bunkakan)


“The World of the Illustrated Books on Kabuki-Actors” (provisional title), Ryo Akama (Ritsumeikan University)


After the workshop, we will have a social hour in the same conference room.


December 25th (Sun)


“On Shitsurai in the Heian period: Comparative Examination of Historical Materials and Pictorial Materials” (provisional title), Kyoko Yoshizumi (Kyoto City Library of Historical Documents)


“Seiki Kuroda’s Mukashigatari and Kyoto,” Sayoko Ueda (The Museum of Kyoto)


Workshop Organizers: Ikuyo Matsumoto, Princess Akiko of Mikasa, and Sachiko Idemitsu

November 7, 2011

(Announcement) The Upcoming Genre Painting Workshop

We are holding the biannual Genre Painting Workshop again this winter. It will be held on December 24th (Sat) and 25th (Sun) from 13:00 at the Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University. Presenters have already been finalized. We will make another announcement as soon as we are informed of the details, including the topics of the presentations. We would appreciate it if you could add this workshop to your schedule for participation even though it will coincide with the busy year-end period. If you plan to participate, please notify us of your attendance in advance as usual.

August 25, 2011

Research Presentation at EAJS

This is an entry posted by Princess Akiko of Mikasa, a Postdoctoral Fellow.

I presented my research at the 13th International Conference of EAJS held at Tallinn University in Estonia.


Panel: Displaying ‘Japan’ in the West: Nineteenth century to the present


Discussant: Angus LOCKYER (SOAS, University of London) 
What is the History of Japanese Art? – Displaying Japanese Antiquities in the British Museum –  (Princess Akiko of Mikasa, Ritsumeikan University) 
Japan at International Exhibitions, 1873-1933  (ITŌ Mamiko,Sacred Heart University)  
How Japan has been exhibited outside Japan? (YOSHIDA Kenji,National Museum of Ethnology)  



I appreciate the privilege of having had a large turnout – so large that we needed to use extra seats – and of having been able to exchange fruitful discussions with the audience.

August 18, 2011

Lecture at the Annual Meeting of the Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society

This is an entry posted by Princess Akiko of Mikasa, a Postdoctoral Fellow.

I delivered a special lecture entitled “Japanese Art History Taught by an English

Surgeon: William Anderson and the Collection of Japanese Art in the British Museum” at the Annual Meeting of the Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society held on August 18th at the Nagoya Congress Center.

July 20, 2011

On a Change of the Order of Presentations at the Genre Painting Workshop

We would like to announce that the order of presentations given at the workshop on the 30th and 31st will be changed as follows. There will be no change in the list of presenters, but the presentations of Professor Matthew McKelway and of Ms. Naoko Matsumoto will be switched. We apologize for the last-minute change and for any inconvenience this might cause.


July 30th (Sat)


“‘Genre Paintings’ Seen in Art Education in Modern Kyoto,” Masako Yamamoto (PD at Ritsumeikan University)


“The Largest Rakuchū-Rakugai-zu: On the Environment in which the Newly-Discovered Rakuchū-Rakugai-zu Was Produced,” Matthew McKelway (Associate Professor, Columbia University)


After the workshop, we will have a social hour at the same location.


July 31st (Sun)


“A Gaze toward ‘Folkways’ in Modern China: Using Jiang Zhaohe’s Liuwang Tu as a Clue” (provisional title), Motoyuki Kure (Curator, Kyoto National Museum)


“On Shiki Kōsaku-zu,” Naoko Matsumoto (Curator, Nijo Castle) Workshop Organizers: Ikuyo Matsumoto, Princess Akiko of Mikasa, and Sachiko Idemitsu

June 24, 2011

Lecture at Hosei University

This is an entry posted by Princess Akiko of Mikasa, a Postdoctoral Fellow.

I delivered a lecture at the regular lecture meeting held on June 24th at Hosei University for “Research and Evaluation of Japanese Buddhist Objects in European Museums,” a project by Hosei University Institute for International Japanese Studies, funded by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Grant for “Japan Studies Based on International Collaboration” in fiscal year 2010.

“Japanese Arts that Decorated the British Museum: Focusing on the Cultural Exchanges between Japan and England during the Meiji Period”

This lecture is scheduled to be published by the end of the fiscal year.

June 18, 2011

Research Presentations at the Japanese Migration Workshop

This is an entry posted by Princess Akiko of Mikasa, a Postdoctoral Fellow.

Maezaki of the Japanese Culture Group and Yamamoto and Princess Akiko of the Kyoto Culture Group delivered research presentations at the June workshop held on May 18th for “Forced Removal, Incarceration, and Repatriation of the Overseas Japanese during World War II and the Post-War Reconstruction of the Japanese Society,” an R-GIRO Project at Ritsumeikan University.


“International Exchanges in Modern Times Mediated through Japanese Arts” at the Campus Plaza Kyoto

Masako Yamamoto “The Overseas Advance of Japanese Art Dealers”

Princess Akiko of Mikasa “The Japanese who Gathered at the British Museum: From the Standpoint of the Study of Japanese Arts during the Meiji and Taisho Periods”

Shin’ya Maezaki “Modern Ceramic Engineering in Kyoto and Overseas: Focusing on the Overseas Activities of People Involved in Ceramic Engineering”


We had many participants from research fields with which we usually have little contact. This turned the discussion to unexpected directions, and we learned a lot from the experience.

May 30, 2011

A Report Delivered at a Poster Session of the Convention of the Japanese Archaeological Association

Masaaki Kidachi, Hiroyuki Komeda, Tomohiko Horiguchi, and Ryosai Miyama delivered a report at a poster session of the Convention of the Japanese Archaeological Association held on May 29th, 2011, at the Shibuya Campus of Kokugakuin University. The report was entitled “Archaeological Examinations of Contemporary Kyo-yaki Kiln Remains: Excavation Surveys and Ethnological Investigations of the Kiln Remains at Dōsen Chemical Pottery Manufacturer in Gojōzaka, Kyoto.” We also presented the outline of the excavation surveys conducted from 2005 through last summer as well as that of the examinations of documentary records and of ethnological studies. Despite the fact that these are “contemporary remains,” having been closed down in 1968, they provide a valuable case study in which the main bodies of climbing kilns in Kyo-yaki kiln remains are excavated for the first time. Moreover, although the investigation concerning physical and chemical pottery is an area that has not been covered by conventional studies of Kyo-yaki, it holds a great significance for the study of Kyo-yaki as a ceramic industry since physical and chemical pottery was fired in the same kilns as earthenware and porcelain while those kilns were rented out. This investigation reveals different aspects of “Gojōzaka,” which is considered the traditional producing center of Kiyomizu-yaki, one of Kyo- yaki, in public perception. We would also like to add that this investigation was conducted within a revitalization project for local towns, and that, therefore, we conducted it in consideration of the relationship between archaeology and society to the best of our ability.

This investigation would never have been possible had it not been for the cooperation of many people involved, especially the landlord, the late Mr. Shiro Yuasa of the Rakushien. As we compiled the outlines of this investigation, we came to feel an even deeper appreciation for everybody who was involved. We would like to express our thanks to all of them again.











May 22, 2011

Lecture at the General Meeting of the Support Group for Toyota Hikari no Sato

This is an entry posted by Princess Akiko of Mikasa, a Postdoctoral Fellow.

I delivered a lecture at the general meeting of the support group for Toyota Hikari no Sato held at Hotel Toyota Castle in Toyota city, Aichi Prefecture.

Title: “The Spirit of Japan that Lives in the British Museum”

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