About the Exhibition

In celebration of:
JAPAN: Historical Images from the Cortazzi Collection Exhibition
24 June and 18 July 2013
Embassy of Japan in London

Digital Exhibition
JAPAN: Historical Images from the Cortazzi Collection
Over a period of half a century, Sir Hugh and Lady Cortazzi have amassed a collection of over sixty historical maps of Japan. The collection was entrusted to the care of SISJAC's Lisa Sainsbury Library at the time of its opening in 2003. On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the Library, a selection of rarely seen maps from the collection were displayed at the Embassy of Japan in a special exhibition entitled JAPAN: Historical Images from the Cortazzi Collection in 2013.

In 2000, the ARC concluded an academic exchange contract with SISJAC. Since then, the ARC has created comprehensive digital archives of the SISJAC collections of Japanese paintings, prints, illustrated books, decorative arts and old maps, and published the archives online through its website. These archives provide an environment for education, research, and outreach. The ARC's Virtual Institute system allowed for the creation of the website 'SISJAC Digital Archives on Japanese Materials', which included the digital exhibition of the Japanese maps staged in 2013. The intention was to allow for the fullest utilization of these archives and to make their contents easily accessible to as many people as possible

Research and publication of this resource is supported by:
Hirano Akira (Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures)
Simon Wright (Japan House London)
Lady Cortazzi
Dr Michael Loewe (Cambridge)
Embassy of Japan in the UK