Attention: the activities organized at the society are held in Japanese only, unless stated otherwise.
● The March Study Meeting (the Study Meeting outside the Metropolitan Area) : Mini-lecture & Visit to the exhibition Connections: 150 years of Modern Art in Japan and France
Date : March 13, 2021 (sat.) 14:00 – (Registration : 13:30 – ) This meeting was cancelled
Venue : Pola Museum
(1285 Kozukayama, Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa, 250-0631, Japan)
About the exhibition : https://www.polamuseum.or.jp/english/exhibition/20201114s02/
14:00-14:05 Reconfirmation of the matters that require attention for the meeting
14:05-14:25 Mini-lecture about the exhibition of the curator in charge
About 14:30- Visit to the exhibition (This visit will break up as soon as the participants finish the appreciation.)
* Society for the Study of Japonisme has 25 complimentary tickets of the exhibition that the museum kindly gives us for this visit.
To attend the event :
Please send an e-mail to email@example.com or a fax to +81-3-3341-1830 between February 15 (mon.) and March 7 (sun.) for your pre-registration. (The secretariat is closed on Saturday, Sunday and national holidays.) The meeting might be canceled even just before the day depending on the expansion of infection of the COVID-19, for example, in the case where the state of emergency isn’t lifted in the Tokyo metropolitan area. At the time of your pre-registration, therefore, please inform us of your e-mail address and cellphone number for emergency contacts (If you don’t have e-mail address, please give us only your cellphone number).
Some requests for cooperation :
From the standpoint to prevent the spread of COVID-19, your understanding and cooperation for the following matters will be very appreciated ;
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● The Society for the Study of Japonisme 40th Anniversary Forum: Japonisme as a Field of Study: Past, Present, and Possibilities
This year, the Society for the Study of Japonisme celebrates its 40th anniversary since its beginning in 1980. On this occasion, we will hold a special online forum. The details are as follows. Please read them carefully before you register for the event. We look forward to seeing many of you online.
“Japonisme” has been defined as a cultural phenomenon of the modern West, which has produced images of “Japan” as its cultural “Other.” At the same time, the history of Japonisme shows that various Japanese individuals as well as the Japanese government have mediated and orchestrated the reception of such “Japan.” On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Society, we are convening a forum to examine the various roles Japan has played in Japonisme, which we broadly approach as cultural representations of Japan and their consumption in Europe and North America. The Forum will also be an occasion to revisit the history of the Society itself, and to consider how Japonisme as as a field of study has developed over the decades. Through individual presentations and panel discussions that collectively reconsider Japonisme from four different perspectives, the forum will offer a critical opportunity to have an active discussion on the state of Japonisme studies and the possibilities for its future.
Date: Part 1 (Individual Presentations), February 19-March 19, 2021
Recorded presentations will be available from a password-protected site during the dates above.
Part 2 (Panel Discussions), Sunday February 21, 2021, 15:00-20:15 (Japan
This will be held as a Zoom meeting.
Organizer: The Society for the Study of Japonisme, with generous funding from the Ishibashi Foundation
Language: English or Japanese (and with interpretation for the Zoom meeting)
Registration: 250 participants for the Zoom meeting (no limit for online viewing of presentations)
Part 1: Individual Presentations (recorded presentations will become available for viewing from a password-protected site)
The Genealogy of Japonisme (1): Japonisme as a Field of Study in Modern Art History
“A ‘Retrospective’ from an Oblique View”
INAGA Shigemi, Professor, International Research Center for Japanese Studies and the Graduate University for Advanced Studies
“The Role of Japonisme in the Study of Western Cross-Cultural Studies”
Greg M. THOMAS, Professor, the University of Hong Kong
“The Meaning of of Japonisme for the Japanese”
MABUCHI Akiko, Director, the National Museum of Western Art
“From ‘Japanese Taste’ to ‘Japonisme’ Studies”
MINAMI Asuka, Professor, Sagami Women’s University
The Genealogy of Japonisme (2): Japonisme as an Interdisciplinary Field of Study
“Promotion of Industry and Japonisme: NAGANUMA Moriyoshi and the Commerce Museum of the the Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce”
ISHII Motoaki, Professor, Osaka University of Arts
“Morning Glories in Anglophone Japonisme—from Gardening to Zen—
HASHIMOTO Yorimitsu, Professor, Osaka University
“Edmond Duranty and the <Disease of Japonisme>”
Sophie BASCH, Professor, Sorbonne University
The Discourse of Japonisme and Japan: Self-Image as the Other
“‘Beautiful Japan’ in Tourism and as Handiwork: Images of Japonisme Made in the 1930s”
KIDA Takuya, Professor, Musashino Art University
“Ukiyo-e and the Influence of Japonisme on American and Japanese Poetry”
NAKACHI Sachi, Professor, Tsuru University
“Japonisme as Philhellenism and Philhellenism as Japonisme: Pseudomorphosis and Cross-Significations”
Michael LUCKEN, Professor, French National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (Inalco)
The Present, Future, and Possibilities of Japonisme Studies
“From Mousumé to Shōjo: Construction and Transmission of Japanese Female Imagery as Immature and Kawaii in France”
KOMA Kyoko, Associate Professor, Meiji University
“Thoughts on the Relationship between Japonisme and Contemporary Arts: Japonisme as a Method of Bridging the Past and the Present”
TAKAGI Yoko, Professor, Bunka Gakuen University
“Japonisme/Japonisumu/Nihonshugi: Cultural Representation as Mis-Correspondence”
MURAI Noriko, Associate Professor, Sophia University
Part 2: Panel Discussions (to be held as a Zoom meeting)
DATE: Sunday, February 21, 2021 *Times below are displayed in Japan Standard Time.
15:00 Opening Remarks
HITOMI Nobuko (Society Secretary of the Society and the Forum Moderator)
MABUCHI Akiko (President and Director of the Society)
MURAI Noriko (The Forum Committee Chair)
Session 1: The Genealogy of Japonisme (1): Japonisme as a Field of Study in Modern Art History
15:15-16:15 Chair: MIYAZAKI Katsumi (Professor, the Showa University of Music)
Panelists: INAGA Shigemi, Greg M. THOMAS, MABUCHI Akiko, MINAMI Asuka Thomas
Session 2: The Genealogy of Japonisme (2): Japonisme as an Interdisciplinary Field of Study
16:30-17:15 Chair: MIURA Atsushi (Professor, the University of Tokyo)
Panelists: ISHII Motoaki, HASHIMOTO Horimitsu, Sophie BASCH
Session 3: The Discourse of Japonisme and Japan: Self-Image as the Other
17:30-18:15 Chair: OKABE Masayuki (Professor, Teikyo University)
Panelists: KIDA Takuya, NAKACHI Sachi, Michael LUCKEN
Session 4: The Present, Future, and Possibilities of Japonisme Studies
19:15-20:00 Chair: IKEDA Yuko (Chief Curator, the Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art)
Panelists: KOMA Kyoko, TAKAGI Yoko, MURAI Noriko
20:05 Closing Remarks
TAKAGI Yoko (General Director of the Society)
How to register for the event:
Please read the following carefully and reply to the Society for the Study of Japonisme (firstname.lastname@example.org) along with the requested information (①～⑤). Registration will close on Monday, February 8, 2021. Details and instructions for accessing the password-protected site and the Zoom meeting will be sent to the registrants around Monday, February 15.
② Position and Affiliation
③ Member or Non-Member
④ Email address
⑤ Selection of participation: Part 1 (access to view presentations online), Part 2 (Zoom meeting), or BOTH
Notices for participating in the Society’s online events:
・In addition to the use of Zoom, you may need to download and install a free application to receive interpretation in either Japanese or English. In this case, in addition to the device (a PC, an iPad, etc.) that you will be using to participate in the Zoom meting, you will need an additional device (iPhones, iPads, or Androids and other tablet devices) to use the interpretation application. Please wait until further instructions will be sent to you around February 15.
・Please make sure that you can use Zoom on your device. For Zoom, see https://zoom.us/jp-jp/meetings.html
・The Society for the Study of Japonisme will offer no technical support. It is your responsibility to secure the stability of internet connection, live streaming and any other related computer operations.
・Please note that the order of the presentations and other aspects of the Forum program are subject to change or may be cancelled.
・The Society holds no responsibility for the expenses incurred by you to participate in the online Forum with respect to electronic equipment and internet connection.
・Society Members will be registered in the order of registration submission time and date. If you do not receive a reply that acknowledges your registration by the end of January 30, please contact the Society office: email@example.com
・Non-Members will be registered after the completion of Member registration.
・Registration for the Zoom meeting will close when the number of registrants reach the upper limit of 250. Please check the Society website for updates.
・Your personal information will be used for the purpose of registration and other communications related to the online Forum only.
・Registrants will receive an email around 15 February about how to access the password-protected site to view recorded presentations and how to join the Zoom meeting with the URL information, meeting ID and password. Please do not share these information with individuals or institutions who are not registered for the Forum.
All information provided by the Society for the Study of Japonisme on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary Forum is for the purpose of your personal participation in the event only. You are expressly prohibited from recording, downloading, reproducing, distributing, or citing without permission any content, texts, statements, images and videos that will become available to you in connection to the Forum.
The Society for the Study of Japonisme 40th Anniversary Forum report:
On February 21, 2021, Part 2 of the Society for the Study of Japonisme 40th Anniversary Forum was held online. The below lists some of the points that were raised during the panel discussions.
In Session 1, Miyazaki Katsumi first asked the panelists how they understood the term “Japonisme.” Mabuchi Akiko said that Japonisme was basically a vision of Japan based Westerners’ illusions that developed without Japanese participation, and it is thus problematic how this historical perception of the West has been embraced positively by the Japanese themselves in recent years as if it were a result of the Japanese effort. Thomas explained how English-language art history has analyzed Japonisme in relation to Modernism, and Minami and Inaga discussed the difficulty of translating terms such as “Nihon Shumi.” To finish, Thomas suggested that Japonisme can help develop new theories of cross-cultural interaction.
Miura Atsushi began Session 2 by reiterating that a study of Japonisme was necessarily interdisciplinary from the start. Ishii Motoaki stated that the Commercial Museum of the Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce, which displayed highly artistic craft products for export, proved to be rather effective in China, and raised the need to follow up on this issue in the future. Hashimoto Yorimitsu contrasted the representation of morning glory in Europe and the United States with that of aspedistra and kudzu, and pointed out that the Japanese origin of those plants that became successfully transplanted became forgotten whereas those that posed threat to the existing habitat were removed as “Japanese.” In a related vein, Sophie Basch reminded the existence of “anti-Japonisme” in France, which was highly critical of the French fascination with things Japanese, and stated that Castagnary’s discourse was representative of such French nationalism at the time.
In Session 3, when asked about the impact of ukiyo-e on American poets, Nakachi Sachi responded that it was one among multiple sources of inspiration, and she also pointed out that Yonejiro Noguchi took advantage of the Japonisme boom and developed his literary career by critiquing this boom from within for his own benefits. Michael Lucken pointed out the international position of Japan and Greece in the nineteenth century, and the commensurability between a certain kind of Japonisme in the West and what he calls “Philehellenism” as a discourse of cultural nationalism in Japan as they both claimed “Japan as ancient Greece.” In response to the question regarding the International Tourism Bureau’s promotion of Japan as “modern,” Kida Takuya stated that the image of Japan that was created in these posters combined elements that were both “new” and “retro.”
In Session 4, Kōma Kyoko pointed out that the current images of Japan as “kawaii” and “shōjo” in France that are propagated via manga and fashion inherit the feminized image of Japan as geisha and mousmé that was produced in the Japonisme era. Takagi Yoko mentioned the potential of what might be termed “intangible Japonisme” as experience, beyond the narrowly defined Japonisme that has focused largely on tangible and material products. Murai Noriko expressed a concern about the current Japanese appropriation of Japonisme as a term that carries the cultural prestige of France, and how this authority has been used to celebrate Japanese culture by the Japanese with little connection to historical Japonisme. Sadao Fujihara commented on the need to reexamine Japonisme as a type of “ism” and suggested that it may not be a bad idea to have an introductory book titled “An Introduction to the Critique of Japonisme.”
The online event was well attended by members and non-members, and by scholars and students in and outside Japan. The Society thanks all those who participated in the event and made it successful. The Society also expresses its most sincere gratitude to the Ishibashi Foundation, whose generous funding and support made this event possible.
● The Society for the Study of Japonisme International Symposium: Japonisme in Architecture and Space From the Late 19th Century to Today
Date: 9：30‐17：30 Saturday October 10, 2020 (Japan standard time) Virtual Symposium
Organizers: The Society for the Study of Japonisme / The Ebara Hatakeyama Memorial Foundation
Language: Japanese or English (with simultaneous interpretation)
It is well known that Edward S. Morse and Bruno Taut wrote books about Japanese architecture, and that Frank Lloyd Wright was much impressed by the Japanese pavilion at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The latter also incorporated Japanese elements into his architecture, making afterwards several trips to Japan. What in Japanese architecture made it so attractive to these visitors from the West after the Meiji Restoration? Also, did japonisants, those European and American aficionados of ukiyo-e and Japanese craft objects, turn their attention to the country’s architecture as well? How were the characteristics of Japanese architecture understood and incorporated into the Western built environment, exercising what kind of influence on the birth of modernist architecture?
Conversely, while Japanese architecture was presented in numerous world fairs, what did the Japanese themselves do in order to promulgate it abroad? Further, how conscious are such internationally active Japanese architects as ANDŌ Tadao, SANAA and KUMA Kengo about the specifically Japanese features in their designs, and how are they appreciated in the West?
The 2020 edition of the Society for the Study of Japonisme International Symposium seeks to examine these East/ West encounters and their consequences, including surprise, learning and adaptation, in terms of both architectural designs and ideas to which architectural spaces give rise.
9:30– Greetings and Introduction (moderator: ISHII Motoaki, Professor, Osaka University of Arts)
9:30-9:40 MABUCHI Akiko, President, Society for the Study of Japonisme, Director, National Museum of Western Art
NAKAMURA Hiroshi, The Ebara Hatakeyama Memorial Foundation
9:40–9:50 TANAKA Atsuko, Specially-appointed Professor, Shibaura Institute of Technology
I. Foreign Views on Japanese Architecture
moderator: TANAKA Atsuko
9:50–10:20 HAMAJIMA Hiromasa, Ph.D. candidate, Graduate School of Business Sciences and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba
“Victorian Views of Japanese Architecture in the mid-19th century”
10:25–10:55 ŌKUBO Miharu, Researcher in Comparative Culture
“The Tea House seen and interpreted by foreigners”
II. How Japanese Architecture was Received and Understood Abroad
moderator: ŌKUBO Miharu
11:00–11:30 Edward R. Bosley, Executive Director, The Gamble House, Pasadena, California
“Two Sides of the Pacific: Japan and the Architecture of Greene & Greene”
11:35–12:05 Jean-Sébastien Cluzel, Associate Professor, Sorbonne University
“Restoration of Emblematic Buildings of Japonisme in France: Midori no Sato pavilion, Albert Kahn pavilions, La Pagode, Stork room.
13:05– Afternoon Sessions
III. The Japan Pavilions in the Universal Expositions: Their Intentions and Forms
moderator: ŌKUBO Miharu
13:05–13:35 ISHII Motoaki
“Japanese Architecture as Locomotive for the Presence at World Fair: Japan Pavilion at the Double International Exposition of Turin and Rome in 1911”
13:40–14:10 MANDAI Yasuhiro, Professional, Nomura Real Estate Development Co. Ltd. HASEGAWA Kaori, Assistant Professor, Tokyo University of Science
YAMANA Yoshiyuki, Professor, Tokyo University of Science
“Pavillon du Japon at the Paris International Exposition 1937 as ‘New Japanese Architecture’ ― ‘Japanese Architectural Spirit’ of SAKAKURA Junzō”
14:15–14:45 Helena Čapková, Associate Professor, Ritsumeikan University
“Japanese Space as Gallery: Afterlives of the Japanese Pavilions at International Exhibitions”
IV. Modernist Space and Japanese Architecture
moderator: Tanaka Atsuko
15:00–15:30 ŌSHIMA Ken Tadashi, Professor, University of Washington
“Japonisme Inside Out: From Bruno Taut to KUMA Kengo”
15:35–16:05 KISHI Yū, Research Fellow, Institute of Asian Cultural Studies, International Christian University
“From ‘Taste’ to ‘Style’: Architectural Debates in Trans-war Japan”
16:10–16:40 EMOTO Hiroshi, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Research Fellow (Post-Doctorial) Chiba University
“The Eloquence around Mies van der Rohe: Myth-making of Japanese Influence”
16:45–17:15 Lili Gracia, Master of Architecture Student, École Normale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-Belleville, France
“The Youth Center in Cieux (1973) and the Moulin Blanc International Center in Brest (1983): a singular embodiment of the Japanese Traditional Architecture and Modernity dialectic by Roland Schweitzer”
moderator: TANAKA Atsuko, YAMANA Yoshiyuki
17:25 Closing Remarks TAKAGI Yōko, Managing Director, Society for the Study of Japonisme, Professor, Bunka Gakuen University
17:30 Symposium Ends
● The 5th Study Meeting and young researchers workshop
20 years after the publication of “Japonisumu Nyūmon” (2000), and while approaching the Society’s fortieth anniversary, we would like to look back onto the changes within the field of Japonisme Studies. Furthermore, there is a need to consider the field’s future developments. Therefore, we plan to gather with the young researchers of the society for a new “Wakate workshop.” While positioning ourselves and our research within the field, we would like to think about possible new methods and approaches for the society to take in the future. (The workshop is supported by the Ebara Hatakeyama Memorial Foundation.)
・Date: February 29, 2020 (Sat.) 15:30~17:30
・Venue: Bunka Gakuen University, F building, 4th floor, room F42
・Eligible participants: Students, PhD’s, Postdocs, self-proclaimed “beginner researchers”
・Number of participants: 20 (first come, first serve basis)
・Participation fee: free
・Method of application: Please send an email with your full name and address to the
mail address of the workshop (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will reply to confirm your participation.
・For questions, please also refer to the workshop’s mail address: email@example.com
Due to unforseen problems, we were not able to live stream the workshop. Our apologies for the inconvenience.
Before the workshop, the third study meeting will be held. There is no need to inscribe for participation, so we invite all members to join freely. During this study meeting, two young researchers who applied to our symposium will present their research.
・Date: February 29, 2020 (Sat.)13:00~15:30
・Venue: Bunka Gakuen University, F building, 4th floor, room F42
Name KUGIMIYA Takako
Affiliation： Ph. D. Candidate in Graduate School of Humanities at Nagoya University
Title：Austro-German Musical Works from the 1880s to the 1900s based on Japanese Melodies and Poetry
Name PAN Mengfei
Affiliation： Research Associate, Graduate School of International Management, Aoyama Gakuin University
Title：Art World in Ueno, Tokyo in the Meiji Era: Focusing on Territorial Bond and Collective Activities