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 ○ 2018 JAHS Eastern Division Meeting
Chair: MASUDA Tomoyuki
Date/time: January 27 (Sat.), 2018, starts at 14:00
Location: Classroom 2206 (Art Practicum Room), Building No. 39,
Toyama Campus, Waseda University
Access: https://www.waseda.jp/top/en/access/toyama-campus
Research Reports(presented in Japanese):
“The Use of Perspective in Giovanni Bellini’s San Zaccaria Altarpiece
KITA Ikumi (Kanazawa University)
“Rediscovering the Shin-hanga Artist Elizabeth Keith: Identifying Her Style that Transcended the East-West Cultural Divide”
NAGATANI Yuko (Keio University)

(16/1/2018 update)
○ 2018 JAHS Western Division Meeting ank"
Chairs: IDE Seinosuke and NAKATANI Nobuo
Date/time: January 20 (Sat.), 2018, starts at 13:30
Location: School of Letters Meeting Room (4th Floor, School of Letters Building), Hakozaki Campus, Kyushu University
Research Reports(presented in Japanese):
“Sesshû Tôyô’s Fan-shaped Paintings in Ancient Chinese Styles
EGAITSU Michihiko (Yamaguchi Prefectural Art Museum)
“The Chinese Art Market and Art History Research in the 1920s: An Analysis of Omura Seigai’s China Trip Diaries”
GOTO Ryoko (Independent scholar)

(16/1/2018 update)
○ 2017 JAHS Eastern Division General Meeting
The JAHS Eastern Division will hold the following symposium in conjunction with the Kanagawa Prefectural Kanazawa-Bunko Museum. No prior application required for attendance.
Chairman: SHIMAO Arata
Symposium: A New Vision of Karamono
Date/time: December 10, 2017 (Sun.), 13:00 – 16:00 (exhibition open 9:00 – 16:30)
Location: Great Lecture Hall, Kanagawa Prefectural Kanazawa-Bunko Museum
Access: See maps at
Accessible via Kanazawa Bunko Station and Umi no Koen Minamiguchi Station
Audience: Limited to 100 visitors
Organized by: JAHS and Kanagawa Prefectural Kanazawa-Bunko Museum
Reception opens at 12:30, symposium begins at 13:00
Symposium Overview
“Issues in the Study of Karamono”
SHIMAO Arata (Gakushuin University)

Report 1
“The Reception of Karamono in the Kamakura Region”
UMEZAWA Megumi (Kanagawa Prefectural Kanazawa-Bunko Museum)

Report 2
“The Reception of Chinese Patriarch Portraits during the Kamakura Period and Song Dynasty Style Buddhist Rituals”
NISHITANI Isao (Treasure Hall of Sennyûji)

Report 3
“Interpreting the Môko Shûrai Ekotoba via the Items Excavated from the Takashima Sea Underwater Archaeological Sites
SASAKI Randy (Kyushu National Museum)

Report 4
“The Reception of Chinese Ceramics in the Kamakura Period and its Background”
ARAKAWA Masaaki (Gakushuin University)
How to attend the symposium:
If you would like to attend the symposium, the reception desk will open at 12:30. Please bring your symposium announcement with you. Admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis, with admission closed when the attendance limit is reached.
How to view the exhibition:
  Thanks to the generosity of the Kanagawa Prefectural Kanazawa-Bunko Museum, JAHS members will be admitted to the concurrent Karamono exhibition at the Museum from 9:00 to 16:30 on the day of the symposium. Please submit your symposium announcement to the exhibition reception desk.
For details, please see:

(20/11/2017 update)
○ 2017 JAHS Eastern Division Meeting
Chair: SUGA Miho
Date/time: November 25 (Sat.), 2017, starts at 14:00
Location: Lecture Room 2, Main Bldg 1F, Fine Arts Division, Tokyo University of the Arts
Access: http://www.geidai.ac.jp/english/access#UenoCampus
Research Reports(presented in Japanese):
“Pagan Statuary in Late Antiquity: Legislation, Textual Evidence and New Urban Settings”
TAKIMOTO Miwa (University of Tsukuba, Research Fellow of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)
“Tradition and Innovation in the Late Manuscripts of the Livre de la chasse de Gaston Fébus: Focusing on the Manuscrit français 169 in the Bibliothèque de Genève”
TAKAGI Makiko (Tokyo University of the Arts)

(25/10/2017 update)
○ 2017 JAHS Western Division Meeting
Chairs: KÔNO Michifusa and KYOTANI Yoshinori
Date/time: November 18, 2017 (Sat.), starts at 13:30
Location: Lecture Classroom RY303, 3rd Floor, Ryoshinkan, Imadegawa Campus, Doshisha University, Kyoto
Access: See map
Research Reports(presented in Japanese):
“A Consideration of the Ban Dainagon emaki Production Context”
TOMANA Yu (Kyoto University)
“Reexamining the Kanshinji Portrait Statue of a Priest in Terms of Tang Dynasty Chan Buddhism History”
MATSUBARA Mizue (Doshisha University)

(13/10/2017 update)
○ 2017 JAHS Eastern Division Meeting
Chair: NAITO Masato
Date/time: September 30, 2017 (Sat.), starts at 14:00
Location: Classroom 447, South School Bldg. No. 1, Mita Campus, Keio University
Access: https://www.keio.ac.jp/en/maps/mita.html
Research Reports(presented in Japanese):
“A Study of Nicolas Poussin’s Landscape with Orpheus and Eurydice
TAKI Ryosuke (The University of Tokyo)
Aesacus and Hesperie by J. M. W. Turner: Evoking Thoughts of The Seasons”
IZUHA Takashi (Utsunomiya University)

(28/8/2017 update)
○ 2017 JAHS Western Division Meeting
Chairs:HIRAKAWA Kayo and NAGAI Takanori
Date/time: September 16, 2017 (Sat.), starts at 13:30
Location: Lecture Hall 3, Faculty of Letters Main Building, Yoshida Main Campus, Kyoto University
Access: http://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/access/
Campus Map: http://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/access/yoshida/main.html
Research Reports(presented in Japanese):
“Frank Stella’s Irregular Polygons Series: A Reconsideration of Drawing and Replication”
TAGI Yusuke (Kobe University)
“Watanabe Gentai’s Shômu Hermitage Handscroll
NAKAMURA Manami (Osaka University and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Research Fellowship for Young Scientists)

(28/8/2017 update)
○ 2017 JAHS Eastern Division Meeting
Chair: ARAKAWA Masaaki
Date/time: July 22, 2017 (Sat.), starts at 14:00
Location: Classroom 308, North Bldg. No. 1, Gakushuin University
Access: http://www.gakushuin.ac.jp/ad/kikaku/english/school/campus/mejiro.html
Campus Map: http://www.gakushuin.ac.jp/ad/kikaku/english/school/campus/mejiro.html
Research Reports(presented in Japanese):
“The Traditions and Evolution of Ancient Chinese Vases”
LI Han (Gakushuin University)
Daimyô Family Use of Kanô Works and Their Appointment of Kanô Painters: As Seen in the Hosokawa Family of Kumamoto””
MIYAKE Hidekazu (Gunma Prefectural Women’s University)

(27/6/2017 update)
○ 2017 JAHS Western Division Meeting
Chairs:  NAKATANI Nobuo and FUKAYA Noriko
Date/time: July 15, 2017 (Sat.), starts at 13:30
Location: 5th Floor AV-A Classroom, Bldg. 3, Section 1, Senriyama Campus, Kansai University
Access: https://www.kansai-u.ac.jp/English/about_ku/location.html
Campus Map: https://www.kansai-u.ac.jp/English/about_ku/senri_map.html
Research Reports(presented in Japanese):
“Early Tang Dynasty Pictorial Representations of Maitreya’s Pure Lands in the Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes”
ORIYAMA Keiko (Kyoto University)
“The Activities and Significance of the Former Nihon Nangain: Focusing on Its Influence on Contemporary Ink Painting”
MURATA Takashi (Osaka International University)

(27/6/2017 update)
○ The 70th JAHS General Assembly
Date/time: Dates: May 19 (Fri.)–21 (Sun.), 2017
Location: Kwansei Gakuin University
Access: http://www.kwansei.ac.jp/s_humanities/s_humanities_m_002859.html
Program (Japanese only):
Click Here  【 Day 1  Day 2  Day 3 Print Version
( All presentations will be in Japanese only.)

○ 2017 JAHS Western Division Meeting
Chairs: IDE Seinosuke and NAGAI Takanori
Date/time: March 18, 2017 (Sat), starts at 13:30
Location: Classroom K101, First Floor, East 3 Building (Formerly Notre Dame Building),
Matsugasaki Campus, Kyoto Institute of Technology
Access:See maps at
Research Reports(presented in Japanese):
“A Study of the Song Edition, Fuguo Chanshi Wenshu zhinan tuzan (Laudatory Verses by Chan Master Fuguo [Weibo] on Pictures of Manjushri's Teachings)”
MORI Sakika
“An Iconological Study on Yoshino Screen Paintings: Cherry Blossoms with Waterfalls, Mountain Streams and Rocks”
IDO Misato (Kyoto Institute of Technology)

(21/2/2017 update)
○ 2017 JAHS Eastern Division Meeting
Chair: ITAKURA Masaaki
Date/time: March 25, 2017 (Sat), starts at 14:00
Location: Large Classroom 2, Faculty of Law & Letters Bldg. 2, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo
Access: http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/content/400020133.pdf
See building labeled 31 on this map:
Research Reports(presented in Japanese):
“Giacomo Cozzarelli nella bottega di Francesco di Giorgio: Processo della formazione dello stile individuale osservabile su i quattro Compianti di Cristo morto
Fujisaki Yuko (Matsumoto Yuko) (Keio University)
“Portraits of Wuxue Zuyuan (Mugaku Sogen) and Tokuho Myoki owned by Enichi-ji Temple, Hyogo”
KUNIGO Hideaki (Tokyo National Museum)
  “A Study of Genji-e by Iwasa Matabei and his School”
    HIROMI Nobuhiko (Idemitsu Museum of Arts)

(21/2/2017 update)

○ Lecture organized by the Museum Committee

“Museum Sustainability: Focusing on the Financial Analysis of Japan’s National Museum of Nature and Science, the National Art Museum and the National Institutes for Cultural Heritage”
—OZU Chikako (Associate Professor, Department of International Economy and Business, Faculty of Economics, Kyushu University)
Date/time: March 4 (Sat.), 2017, 14:00-16:00 (doors open at 13:30)
Location: Lecture Hall, East Research Building, Mita Campus, Keio University
Access: See maps at https://www.keio.ac.jp/en/maps/mita.html
With the support of: The Japanese Council of Art Museums, Japan Association for Arts Management, and The Association for the Study of Cultural Resources
* This lecture is open to the general public, not just JAHS members.
Program: Opening Remarks: TOYAMA Koichi (JAHS Chairman)
Lecture Overview: Museum Committee Member
Lecture: “Museum Sustainability: Focusing on the Financial Analysis of Japan’s National Museum of Nature and Science, the National Art Museum and the National Institutes for Cultural Heritage”
OZU Chikako (Associate Professor, Department of International Economy and Business, Faculty of Economics, Kyushu University)
Closing Remarks
Lecture Overview: Museum performance evaluation has been subject to accounting methods that resemble business accounting methods since their transformation into Independent Administrative Institutions. And this has meant an increased provision of information to taxpayers. In this lecture, I will analyze the financial data of the National Museum of Nature and Science, the National Art Museum and the National Institutes for Cultural Heritage, and examine their current status as seen from their financial situation. Can the general feeling that their finances are becoming increasingly more difficult be explained objectively? Why were they transformed into Independent Administrative Institutions and what changes were brought about by this transformation? Based on the analysis, I will then discuss prospects for how to make museums sustainable on an ongoing basis.
Note: The museums to be discussed in this lecture are national institutions only. Museum revenue sources differ based on whether they are operated by a prefectural or local government, public interest incorporated association or foundation, business or university, thus the issues involved and outlooks for the future of such institutions differ from those included in this analysis. This lecture focuses on national museums.
For further information, please contact: JAHS Office, University Co-operative Association
Tel: 03-5307-1175
FAX: 03-5307-1196
E-mail: jahs@univcoop.or.jp

(8/2/2017 update)
○ General Meeting of the Western Division of the Japan Art History Society
Symposium: Reconsidering Hakubyô: Its Meaning in the History of Japanese Painting, in conjunction with The Museum Yamato Bunkakan’s Special Exhibition “The Monochrome Paintings”
Date/time: February 19, 2017 (Sun.), 11:00 – 16:30 (reception opens at 10:30)
Exhibition open from 10:00 to 17:00
Location: Lecture Hall, The Museum Yamato Bunkakan
Address: Gakuenmae 1-11-6, Nara
How to attend the symposium: On the day of the symposium, presentation of the symposium announcement at the museum’s reception desk will allow free admission to the museum and the exhibition. For those who also want to attend the symposium, please present your symposium announcement at the Ticket Desk, enter the museum and gather at the Lecture Hall. The symposium is open to the general public, not just JAHS members. Entrance to the Lecture Hall will be on a first-come, first-served basis, and doors will be shut when the maximum attendance of 150 is reached.
  *No prior registration required, the program will be conducted in Japanese only.
*Audience limited to 150 attendees
Program :
11:00 – 11:10 Symposium Overview and Director’s Message
11:10 – 11:55 Keynote Address “The Reception and Formation of Hakubyô Narrative Paintings: Focusing on Ko-e"
SANO Midori (Gakushuin University)
Lunch Break
13:30 – 14:35 Report 1 “Iconography’s Position in Medieval Hakubyô Paintings: Its Relationship with Yamato-e Hakubyô Paintings”
FURUKAWA Shoichi (The Museum Yamato Bunkakan)
Report 2 “A Reexamination of Hakubyô Kasen-e: The Origins of Kasen-e and Various Issues Regarding Nise-e
TSUCHIYA Takahiro (Tokyo National Museum)
14:45 – 15:50 Report 3 “The Development of Hakubyô Paintings in the Edo Period: Focusing on the Sumiyoshi School and Revivalist Yamato-e School”
MIYAZAKI Momo (The Museum Yamato Bunkakan)
Report 4 “Various Aspects of Modern Hakubyô Paintings: The Demise of Hakubyô Painting”
SHIINO Akifumi (Fukui Fine Arts Museum)
16:00 – 16:30 Discussion and Q & A Session
Moderator: KAWADA Masayuki (Kubosô Memorial Museum of Arts, Izumi)
Organizers: Japan Art History Society and The Museum Yamato Bunkakan
With the support of KAKEN Grants-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B) “The Position of Buddhist Iconography in Medieval Japanese Paintings” and “Comprehensive Study of the Sumiyoshi School”
For further information, please contact either:
JAHS Western Division Office
Kôno Research Office, Aesthetics Department, Faculty of Letters, Doshisha University, Imadagawa-dori, Karasuma Higashi iri, Kamikyô-ku, Kyoto 602-8580
The Museum Yamato Bunkakan
Gakuenmae 1-11-6, Nara 631-0034, Tel. 0742-45-0544

(8/2/2017 update)
○ 2017 JAHS Western Division Meeting
Chairs: USHIROSHOJI Masahiro and ECHIZEN Toshiya
Date/time: January 21, 2017 (Sat.), starts at 13:30
Location: Conference Room, 4th Floor, School of Letters, Hakozaki Campus, Kyusyu University
Access: https://www.kyushu-u.ac.jp/en/campus/hakozaki
Research Reports(presented in Japanese):
“A Reconsideration of the Tsuchigumo Sôshi Emaki’s Production Date and Artist”
SOUTOME Harue (The University of Kitakyushu)
“Reconsidering Zhao Mengfu’s Position in the History of Chinese Calligraphy: Analyzing the Character Form and Line Qualities in Xuan miao guan chong xiu san men ji juan
NEGORO Takaaki (Doshisha University)

(10/1/2017 update)

○ 2017 JAHS Eastern Division Meeting
Chair: UCHIDA Keiichi
Date/time: January 28, 2017 (Sat.), starts at 14:00
Location: Classroom 681, Building No. 36, Toyama Campus, Waseda University
Access: http://www.waseda.jp/top/assets/uploads/2014/08/edb11e6c82861fa22b605950bcfdee00.pdf
Research Reports(presented in Japanese):
“A Study of Christian Girl Asazuma with Cherry Blossoms by Kurihara Gyokuy”
TADOKORO Tai (Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties)
“The Ascension and the Theophany: An Image of Episcopal Authority in the Basilica of San Pietro in Tuscania”
ITO Rei (Waseda University)

(25/12/2016 update)

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