Research is at the heart of the Institute’s mission to promote knowledge and understanding of Japanese arts and cultures. The Institute promotes world-class research through active collaboration with both national and international partners, and brings together scholars from around the world to explore key areas of research on Japanese arts and cultures.
Centre for Archaeology and Heritage, residing within the Institute’s structure, was established in 2011 to specifically focus on the study of Japanese archaeological and cultural heritage.
The Institute’s three key areas of research are:
- Art and Cultural Resources
- Archaeology and Heritage (Centre for Archaeology and Heritage)
- Japanese Contemporary Visual Media
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 various strong collaborative ties with Ritsumeikan University, Kyushu University, the Niigata Prefectural Museum of History, the Fitzwilliam Museum, the International Centre for Albanian Archaeology and the Centre Européen d’Etudes Japonaises d’Alsace, , and links with many other organisations. The Institute’s various projects draw on this international network, bringing scholars from around the world together to explore major research themes. Currently projects are grouped around three major themes: Japanese art and cultural resources; Japanese archaeology and heritage; and Japanese contemporary visual media.