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Royal Asiatic Society Guest Lecture: London

Date: Friday 04 September 2015 at 6pm
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Speaker: Prof. Sarah Moate (Komazawa University)
Title: “The Moon of the Fields: the Calligraphy and Poetry of the Japanese Jōdo-shū nun Ōtagaki Rengetsu”
Venue: Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD, ENGLAND
Admission: Free
RAS homepage:

Ōtagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875), who is known as ‘Lotus Moon’ in English, was a Japanese Buddhist Jōdo-shū nun who was also a noted calligrapher, poet and potter. She lived in Kyoto in the late Edo and early Meiji periods, which constituted an era of great social and cultural change in Japan in many fields, including the arts. The nun Rengetsu had her own personal response to the time in which she lived and produced art work expressing her Buddhist faith and love of nature. This short paper will consider several calligraphies of poems brushed on tanzaku poetry cards alluding to the seasons and a ceramic mizusashi or water container for the tea ceremony, inscribed with a poem by Rengetsu. These artworks of Rengetsu’s employ the theme of the moon at the centre of their meaning, the misty or hazy moon of a spring evening, or flowers on a bush blossoming in early summer appearing like moonlight, the pleasure of preparing for a moon viewing party for friends or the moon in winter reflected in a river in Kyoto.

Sarah Moate is a Professor at the Faculty of Letters of Komazawa University, Tokyo. She is also the President of the Asiatic Society of Japan. She co-curated the exhibition ‘Ken, Zen, Sho - the calligraphy and painting of Yamaoka Tesshū’ in the Toshiba Gallery at the V&A, London in 2008 and has been involved in setting up other exhibitions of Japanese calligraphy at the V&A (2001) and Christ Church Picture Gallery, Oxford (2004). She is currently engaged in research on the calligraphy and painting of the Jōdo-shū nun Ōtagaki Rengetsu.
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ASJ Lecture Meeting - September

Date: Monday, 28 September 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Ms. Makiko & Mr. Ryushi Komada
Title: “The little known world of craftsmen of ivory okimono (statuettes) and netsuke from the 19th to the 20th centuries”
Venue: Shibuya Kyoiku Gakuen (SKG)
Address: 1-21-18 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0002
Access: About a 15-minute stroll from Shibuya station’s Hachiko exit. Map.
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OAG Library Guest Lecture - October

Date: Wednesday, 21 October 2015
Time: 6.30pm to 8pm
Speaker: Sebastian Dobson
Title: “The Very Model of a Modern Meiji Photographer: Matsuzaki Shinji”
Venue: OAG Library, 4th floor of the OAG House/German Cultural Centre 7-5-56 Akasaka, Minato-ku Tokyo 107-0052 JAPAN
Admission: Free and open to all
For more information:
Mr Dobson gave a lecture to the ASJ in 2009. His contribution to the Transactions of the ASJ in S5 Vol. 01 (2009) is titled, “Delineating Edo: Photography and the Prussian Mission to Japan, 1860-61."
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Forthcoming ASJ Meeting

Date: Monday, 19 October 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Prof. Gaye Rowley
Title: “tbc.”
Venue: Shibuya Kyoiku Gakuen (SKG)
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Tenth Young Scholars’ Programme ~ a November preview

Date: Monday, 16 November 2015
Venue: tbc

    Mr. Yuichi Sasaki - Tokyo University Graduate School of Politics,
    Miss Haruka Watanabe - Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, University of Tokyo,
    Mr. Shunichi Adachi - Komazawa University,
    Mr. Fernand Ortiz Moya - Department of Architecture, Tokyo University.
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Final Appeal for Help from the ASJ Membership

If any ASJ member could provide an e-mail or mail address for a listed author, knows where the author is, or if the author is deceased, please e-mail that information to Ms. Yarrow at:

with “LIST” as the subject header.
日本アジア協会は、紀要The Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japanを電子化しデジタルアーカイブをインターネットで公開するにあたり、連絡先が判明しない著作権者についての情報提供を求めています。 別紙に掲載いたしました著作者について、著作権者、もしくは著作権継承者、またはこれらの方々の連絡先に関する情報をお持ちの方は、上記連絡先までご連絡ください。

In preparation for the launch of the digitized archives online of the journal “The Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan”, the Asiatic Society of Japan is seeking information regarding copyright holders whose contact details are unknown.

In connection with the authors listed in the attached sheet, if anyone has information regarding copyright holders, their heirs or their contact details, please inform the contact person detailed above.

Third update ~ 27 August 2015

    Family Name, Given Name
    01. Ackroyd Joyce
    02. Akita Prof. George
    03. Anderson Prof. Stephen John
    04. Auslin Michael R.
    05. Ayrton W.E.
    06. Barrett M. T.
    07. Beasley William G.
    08. Beauchamp E.
    09. Bennett Neville (Contact achieved. Consent form received.)
    10. Beretta L.
    11. Biggart Ms. Claire
    12. Blacker Dr. Carmen (Contact achieved. Consent form received.)
    13. Blum Paul C.
    14. Borton Hugh
    15. Boxer C.R.
    16. Buchanan D. C.
    17. Burdick Charles Burton
    18. Castañeda Manuel Uribe
    19. Chijiwa Dr. Yasuaki (Contact achieved. Consent form received.)
    20. Clement Erneset Wilson
    21. Cohen A. M.
    22. Coulmas Florian J.
    23. Coville Cabot R.
    24. Cullen Prof. Louis
    25. Daniels F.J.
    26. de Becker E. V. A.
    27. Dolce Dr. Lucia
    28. Dooman Eugene H.
    29. Elisonas J. S. A.
    30. Emerson John K.
    31. Farrington Anthony
    32. Figgess Sir John
    33. Finch Roger
    34. Foucher A.
    35. Furness George A.
    36. Greene Robert
    37. Gundert Wilhelm
    38. Hackin J.
    39. Horiguchi Mihoko
    40. Huffman James
    41. Ike Nobutaka
    42. Ikuma Dan Nobutaka
    43. Imazeki Dr. Rokuya
    44. Ishii Yoneo
    45. Itani Zenichi
    46. James Jason (Contact achieved. Consent form received.)
    47. Johnson Linda
    48. Joly Jacques
    49. Kades C. L.
    50. Katō Genchi
    51. Katō Eileen
    52. Kishi Yasuyuki
    53. Kishibe Shigeo
    54. Kuiper J. Feenstra
    55. Labberton, van Hinloopen D.
    56. Levy Jr. Marion J.
    57. Liscutin Nicola
    58. Malm William P.
    59. Mayer Fanny Hagin
    60. McKeen Di Crocco V.
    61. McNelly Prof. Theodore
    62. Monnet Livia
    63. Morris Ivan Ira Esme
    64. Nakamura Naokatsu
    65. Nishi Ian H.
    66. Ōhe Shūzō
    67. Parish H. Carroll
    68. Pierson J.L.
    69. Plutschow Herbert
    70. Posdneeff Miss V.
    71. Querido A.
    72. Redman Sir Vere
    73. Ritchie Donald
    74. Robert Marcel
    75. Romieux J.
    76. Roussos Jason E. S.
    77. Sadler Arthur Lindsay
    78. Sakamaki S.
    79. Sansom Sir George Bailey
    80. Sawada Sukataro (Contact achieved. Consent form received.)
    81. Shimatsu Yoichi C.
    82. Shimizu Isamu
    83. Singer Dr. Kurt
    84. Sissons D.C.S. 85. Smith R. J.
    86. Smith Neil Skene
    87. Spencer R. S.
    88. Spinks Charles Nelson
    89. Statler Oliver
    90. Stramigioli Giuliana
    91. Tao Zhikun
    92. Teow Dr. See Heng
    93. Tokugawa Y.
    94. Totman Conrad
    95. Trotter Ms. Ann
    96. Tsuchiya T.
    97. Uyehara E.
    98. van Briessen Fritz
    99. van Gulik R. H.
    100. Wainright S. H.
    101. Wasson R. G.
    102. Waugh D. H.
    103. Wenck Gunther
    104. Wetherall William
    105. Whymant A. Neville J.
    106. Wildes H. E.
    107. Williams Harold Stannett
    108. Wilson & Colby R. & J.
    109. Wright David
    110. Yanai Hiroshi
    111. Zachert Herbert
    112. Zahl Karl F.
    113. Zolbrod Leon