Dear Friends and supporters of the Sainsbury Institute, we are delighted to deliver the fourth edition of our e-magazine from Norwich. In this issue we feature several articles that show the relevance of our archaeology and heritage research strand. Simon Kaner, Head of the Centre for Archaeology and Heritage, spoke with Professor Kobayashi Tatsuo, leading archaeologist of Japan’s Jomon period and Senior Advisor to the Institute. They discussed the role of the Sainsbury Institute in promoting Japanese archaeology in the UK. Dr Kaner also reported on a workshop organized at the University of Tübingen on the archaeology of religion and ritual. Nishioka Keiko’s articles on the meanings of Japanese holidays comes full circle, over the last four issues, detailing the festive days from July to September. Our librarian Hirano Akira offers another glimpse of the treasures of the library. The Institute will host an evening for our friends to cherish these treasures on their own, so if you are interested and still not a friend, do sign up. I hope you enjoy these and the other exciting articles in this edition.
– Mami Mizutori, Executive Director