At the Society for the study of Japonisme, we organise symposia 2 to 3 times a year (for members and student members), where applicants can present their research. Members who wish to participate, please send your name, correspondance (email address), title of the work (can be a pending title) and abstract (Japanese 1000 characters, English 2000 characters), together with the period in which they would like to present to the address below through email, FAX, or mail. Each application will be discussed at the board of directors. 

The Society for the Study of Japonisme 
2F Neo-Arakichō Bldg.
5-14 Arakichō 
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0007

Email Address:

Tel.: +81-3-3350-0363
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Call for Papers for The Society for the Study of Japonisme International Symposium 2019

“Japonisme on the Move: Travel, Migration, and Other Movements of People across Places”


Date: Saturday October 5, 2019

Location: National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

Organizers: The Society for the Study of Japonisme/ National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo/Ebara Hatakeyama Memorial Foundation

Language: Japanese or English (with simultaneous translation)

Requirements: The Society for the Study of Japonisme membership.

Non-members may sign up when submitting their proposals (see the “Join Us” page on our website).

Your proposal will be considered once the Board of Directors approves your membership application.

Please email an abstract for a 20-minute presentation as attachment (single-page A4 document of about 300 words) to the address below by May 10, 2019.

Submissions will be reviewed by the Board of Directors and accepted applicants will be notified around July 15.

Accepted applicants will be required to submit their papers by Saturday September 28 in preparation for simultaneous translation.

The Society for the Study of Japonisme is pleased to announce the 2019 edition of its International Symposium, co-organized with the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, and the Ebara Hatakeyama Memorial Foundation.

Under the general theme “Japonisme on the Move: Travel, Migration,and Other Movements of People across Places,” the symposium aims to examine the phenomenon of Japonisme from a wide range of viewpoints.

With the opening of Japan’s borders in the mid-nineteenth century, diplomats, oyatoi-gaikokujin [foreign advisors for the government], merchants and tourists began to visit the country. Describing in their journals and correspondences the cities, customs, craftsmanship and people they encountered during their journeys, these travelers also brought various craft objects home. At the same time, people moved from Japan to Europe and the United States, too, as businessmen, touring performers, students and migrants, each embodying the Other to the Western eyes. How did these intersecting human flows across the globe inform Japonisme? Shifting our focus to movements of people (from those of things, such as art and craft objects)will allow us to discover new and diverse sets of meanings in Japonisme from modern to contemporary periods.

The 2019 edition of the Society for the Study of Japonisme International Symposium seeks to encourage in-depth study and discussion on this Japonisme shaped by travels and movements. We invite ambitious and innovative papers on topics including “tourism,” “study abroad,” “diplomacy,” “trade,” “tours of performers,” “migrants,” “the Other” and “agency.”

Send enquiries and proposals to:

The Society for the Studies of Japonisme