Call for Papers The Society for the Study of Japonisme International Symposium 2020

Call for Papers

The Society for the Study of Japonisme International Symposium 2020

“Japonisme in Architecture and Space: from the 1860s to today”

*The application deadline has passed.

                                                                                                                  June 18, 2020 


Date: Saturday October 10, 2020 

Virtual Symposium 

Organizers: The Society for the Study of Japonisme / Ebara Hatakeyama Memorial Foundation 

Language: Japanese or English (with simultaneous interpretation)  

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 17:00,  July 10, 2020, Japan Standard Time. Submissions will be reviewed by the Board of Directors and accepted applicants will be notified around August 10. Please note that we don’t accept papers which have been published elsewhere. Accepted applicants will be asked to submit their papers or pre-recorded video presentations by September 20 in preparation for simultaneous translation. 

 In order to prevent the spread of Covid-19, this year’s symposium will be held virtually. Presentations and discussions will take place on-line with simultaneous

 translation into English or Japanese.  Please note that in case of further spread of the Covid-19, we might have to make changes to our schedule or even reschedule the entire symposium.  


The Society for the Study of Japonisme is pleased to announce the 2020 edition of its International Symposium, co-organized with the Ebara Hatakeyama Memorial Foundation. Under the general theme Japonisme in Architecture and Space: from the 1860s to today,” the symposium aims to examine the phenomena of Japonisme from a wide range of viewpoints. 


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. 


Send enquiries and proposals to: 

The Society for the Studies of Japonisme 

Director in Charge: Prof. ISHII Motoaki