Applications open for the Young Scholars’ Programme 2018 (see below)

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May Lecture Meeting

Monday, 21st May, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Ms. Suzanne Ross
Title: “The Wonders of Urushi”
Venue: Shibuya Kyōiku Gakuen
Address: 1-21-18 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0002
Access: 15-minute walk from Shibuya station’s Hachiko exit. Map.

Suzanne Ross was first captivated by urushi while an art student in London, at an exhibition of Japanese Edo period art. She travelled to Japan in 1984 with the aim of studying Japanese lacquer art; since then she has devoted decades to studying, making work with and becoming a teacher and advocate of this unique material. She trained in Ishikawa prefecture with several masters of the form who are recognized as Living National Treasures, and her work has won awards and been featured in exhibitions at major institutions both within Japan and abroad. Her lectures and workshops in the aim of sharing knowledge of urushi globally have taken place at venues including recently the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. She is based in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, where she also directs the Ross Studios Gallery of urushi art.

Urushi, the precious sap of the Sumac tree, has been used in Japan since ancient times. Its unique properties were discovered more than 9,200 years ago by the Jomon people who used it not only as an adhesive and for water-proofing, but also as a decorative material for their costumes. Advances in technology in modern society have outstripped urushi of its practical necessity, but the enduring beauty and elegance of this material will always be firmly attached to the Japanese identity and soul. We are delighted to announce that copies of Suzanne Ross’s book 「漆に魅せられて」[Urushi ni miserarete], (Sakuranohana Publications 2015), priced at 1,500 yen, shall also be available at the lecture.

June Lecture Meeting

Monday, 18th June, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Mr. Alexander Byrne
Title: “The S. Shobey Silk Store of Yokohama, its production and export of Western style gowns with fine Japanese embroidery as well as silk accessories from the Bakumatsu era onwards.”
Venue: Shibuya Kyōiku Gakuen
Address: 1-21-18 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0002
Access: 15-minute walk from Shibuya station’s Hachiko exit. Map.


Young Scholars Programme 2018

Nominations are welcomed for the 2018 Young Scholars’ Programme. This programme was initiated in 2006 with the support of the Society’s Honorary Patron, HIH Princess Takamado, to give researchers at doctoral level the opportunity to present their research on Japan and/or Asia and answer questions on it in English. This year’s programme is anticipated to take place in early November 2018.

Four young scholars will be selected to give a presentation for 15 minutes each to the Society. The closing date for nominations this year is midnight on Friday, July 13th. All nominated candidates (to be first selected by a university Professor or other nominator) should submit the following:

a) A provisional title for their presentation
b) Details of their field of research
c) A CV or brief biography
d) A formal letter of recommendation on headed note-paper from his/her academic supervisor supporting the application. *

* Candidates may submit their materials directly to the Asiatic Society of Japan, via e-mail, to However, the letter of recommendation should be submitted directly to by the academic supervisor (not the candidate). Applications by post are also welcome.

Candidates will be notified of the selection results in late July 2018.
For further details, please e-mail the ASJ Office at, entitling your e-mail ‘2018 Young Scholars’ Programme.’


Our 2018 Copyright Search continues for Transactions authors below to grant the ASJ copyright consent.

Please e-mail any clues, ideas, addresses, etc. to the office at:

221 Consent forms have been confirmed as of January 03, 2018.

47 authors remain to be contacted and confirmed. Three authors are not on this public list.

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.
Just added after the author’s information: [Year of publication in Transations].
Copyright consent volunteers might want to try finding someone with a recent year and either still alive or recently departed.

Burdick, Charles Burton (d. 1998) [1996]

Crawcour (Edwin) Sydney [1961, 1966]

Daniels, Frank J. (d. 1983) [1959]

Furness, George A. [1980] (with Yanai Hiroshi)

Harich-Schneider, Eta (d. 1986) [1957]

Ike, Nobutaka (d. 2005) [1957]

Kades, C. L. (d. 1996) [1982]
Kroker, Edward (Eduard) J.M. (d. 2007) [1959]
Kuno, Keitaro [2010]

Lerski, Jerzy Jan (d. 1992) [1959]

Malm, William P. [1984]
Mayer, Fanny Hagin (d. 1990) [1980]
McNelly, Theodore [1982, 2006]

Nayuki, Izumi (has vanished?) [2011]

Ohe, Seizō (d. 1992?) [1965]

Parish, H. Carroll [1972]
Pierson, Jr. Jan Lodewijk (d. 1979) [1929, 1934, 1937]
Plummer, Katherine (d. 2013) [1984]
Prickett, Stephen [1998]

Querido, Andries (d. 2001) [1983]

Redman, Sir Vere (d. 1975) [1975]
Romieux, Jean (d. 2012) [1932]

Sakamaki, Shunzo (d. 1973) [1938]
Schipper, William (d. 2009?) [1996]
Seat, Keith [1981]
Shimatsu, Yoichi C. [1995] (book review)
Shionozaki, Hiroshi [1994]
Sissons, D.C.S. (d. 2006) [1987]
Smith, Neil Skene (d. 1972) [1996]
Smith, Robert J. (d. 2016) [1934, 1937]
Spinks, Charles Nelson (d. ?) [1950]
Stramigioli, Giuliana (d. 1988) [1951]

Tao, Zhikun (Young Scholar) [2012]
Teow, Dr. See Heng [1994]
Totman, Conrad [1983]
Trotter, Ms. Ann [1991]
Tsuchiya, Takao (d. 1988) [1996]

van Briessen, Fritz (d. 1987) [1965]

Waley, Arthur (d. 1991) [1959]
Wildes, Harry Emerson (d. 1982) [1937]
Willcock, Hiroko [1989]
Williams, Harold Stannett (d. 1987) [1975]
Wright, David [1999]

Ye, Kyaw Thu (YSP) [2010]
Yoshida, Toyoko [1981]

Zahl, Karl F. (d. 2013) [1972]
Zolbrod, Leon (d. 1991) [1968, 1988]

Copyright Heroes 2017

Signed copyright consent forms have been received from or on behalf of the following authors.
Their article(s) will be available online once the Forum is operational.

Ackroyd, Joyce (d. 1991)
Anderson, Stephen John
Ayrton, W. E. (out of ©)
Barrett, Marie-Thérèse
Beasley, William G. (d. 2006)
Beauchamp, Edward (d. 2006)
Beretta, Lia
Berton, Peter (d. 2014)
Borton, Hugh (d. 1995)
Cohen, Aaron M.

Coville, Cabot (d. 1987)
Cullen, Louis
Dan, Ikuma (d. 2001)
de Becker, Eric Victor Ambrose (d. 1972)
Dolce, Lucia
Elisonas, Jurgis Saulius Algirdas [2012]
Farrington, Anthony (d. 2008)
Figgess, Sir John (d. 1997)
Finch, Roger
Hammond, Jeff M.
Harris, Mr. Tim
Horiguchi, Mihoko (d. 2013)
Horton, H. Mack

Howes, John F. (d. 2017)
Hrdličková, Věnceslava
Huffman, James L.
Huq, Mr. Mir Monzurul
Imazeki, Rokuya (d. 1991)
Immoos, Thomas (d. 2001)
Iosifidou, Maria
Ishii, Yoneo (d. 2010)
Iwao, Seiichi (d. 1988)
Johnson, Linda
Joly, Jacques

Kersten, Mr. Carool
Kishibe, Shigeo (d. 2005)
Kusonoki, Dr. Ayako
Levy Jr., Marion J. (d. 2002)
McDowell, Kevin
McKeen Di Crocco, Virginia
Monnet, Livia
Nish, Ian H.
Odaira, Takeshi
Reynolds, Douglas R.

Schlichtmann, Klaus
Sorrells, Virginia
Statler, Oliver (d. 2002)
Tominaga, Michio (d. 2004)
Zachert, Hans-d

Consent not required. Out of copyright by 2020.

Dooman, Eugene H.
Groot, Father Gerard (d. 1970)
Gundert, Wilhelm
Itani, Zen’ichi
Nakamura, Naokatsu
Rabbitt, James A.
Robert, Marcel
Sadler, Arthur Lindsay
Shimizu, Isamu
van Gulik, Robert H.

Consent not required. ASJ sole publisher AND no family discoverable.

Boxer, Charles Ralph (d. 1995)
Buchanan, Rev. Daniel Crump (d. 1982)
Kuiper, J. Feenstra (d. 1970)
Romieux, Jean (d. 2012)
Roussos, Jason E. S.
Wasson, Robert Gordon