Research networks are at the heart of the Institute’s mission and research strategy. In addition to affiliations with the University of East Anglia (UEA), the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and the British Museum, there are collaborative research agreements with Ritsumeikan University, Kyushu University, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Niigata Prefectural Museum of History, the Fitzwilliam Museum, International Centre for Albanian Archaeology and the Centre Européen d’Etudes Japonaises d’Alsace.
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia.
The Institute’s activities draw on this international network, bringing together scholars from around the world to explore research themes in Japanese arts and cultures in regional, European and global contexts. Research projects address key elements of the Institute’s research strategy, which aims to contribute to the formulation of new directions in Japanese art and cultures.
Projects relating to art and cultural resources are led by the Research Director, Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere; archaeology and cultural heritage projects are led by the Head of the Centre for Archaeology and Heritage, Simon Kaner; and contemporary visual media projects led by Sasakawa Lecturer, Ulrich Heinze.
The British Museum is one of the world’s greatest museums of human history and culture. Its permanent collection, numbering some eight million works, is amongst the finest, most comprehensive, and largest in existence and originates from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.
The University of East Anglia (UEA) is an internationally renowned university that provides top quality academic, social and cultural facilities. UEA is ranked in the top one per cent of universities in the world. It is a leading member of the Norwich Research Park, one of Europe’s biggest concentrations of researchers in the fields of environment, health and plant science.
The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), is a public research university specialising in arts and humanities, languages, laws and social sciences relating to Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and a constituent college of the University of London. SOAS currently offers over 300 undergraduate Bachelor’s degree combinations, and over 70 one-year intensively taught Master’s degrees.