What Can “Religion” be in Art and Architecture in Modernity? Some Thoughts on Kyoto, Japan and Norwich, England

3月17日2016年 | 6 PM

Weston Room
Cathedral Hostry
Norwich NR1 4DH

Dr Yasuko Tsuchikane
Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow

About the Lecture

Like Norwich, a city known for its many medieval churches, Kyoto, Japan’s former Imperial capital, is a hub of historical religious institutions.  In contrast to Norwich’s Christian establishments, the great majority of Kyoto’s religious edifices are Buddhist temples.   However, after the state government’s relegation of Buddhism in the late nineteenth century, many Kyoto temples went through a period of modern history in some ways comparable to a number of Norwich’s churches: earlier abandonment or neglect giving way to a more recent revitalization through redefining the roles of historical religious architectural spaces in society.   In Kyoto, Buddhism has been interpreted anew as a “religion,” a modern concept in Japan imported from the West, and empowered by its union with art in temples.  This talk will introduce this modern phenomenon in comparison to what the speaker has observed in Norwich.

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About the Speaker

Yasuko Tsuchikane, Ph.D., a Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow, is originally from Japan and teaches art history at The Cooper Union in New York.  Her current research includes the social networks dedicated to the production and reception of modern art in historical Buddhist temples, which resulted in her article, “Rescuing Temples and Empowering Art: Naiki Jinzaburō and the Rise of Civic Initiatives in Meiji Kyoto” (forthcoming).  She is also working on a book project, focusing on a single artist who produced the largest number of art works for Buddhist temples in twentieth century Japan, Dōmoto Inshō (1891-1975).

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About the Third Thursday Lecture Series

Every Third Thursday of the month, the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures hosts a lecture on a topic related to the art and culture of Japan. Talks begin at 6pm (50-minute lecture followed by refreshments). Speakers are all specialists in their field and the talks are intended to be accessible to those with no prior knowledge of Japanese history.

The lecture are normally held at the Weston Room, Cathedral Hostry, Norwich NR1 4DH. The Third Thursday Lecture series is funded by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Yakult and the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Charitable Trust.

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Future Lectures

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Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow
‘Myriad Countries’: The Outside World on Historical Maps of Japan

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19 May | Tadakazu Kimura
Senior Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow
Former President and CEO of The Asahi Shimbun
The Japanese Newspaper Past and Present – its troubled legacy in the pre-war era and its new challenges

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Image: Dōmoto Inshō, Hōnen-in, Kyoto (painted in 1971)