9th Research Workshop

Date: 11 March 2006, at 14.00
Place: Saitama University, Tokyo Station College

Presentation 1
Lecturer: Inoue Ayano (PhD Candidate, Tokyo Polytechnic University)
Theme: Japanese Art Judging from Walter Crane

Presentation 2
Lecturer: Nishimura Mika (Meisei University)
Theme: The Idea on Design by Habara Shukuro: One Step in the Japanese Design History after the World War II

第8回 研究発表会

Date: 3 December 2005, at 13.15
Place: Kobe University

Presentation 1
Lecturer: Tsunemi Mikiko (Kyoto Women’s University)
Theme: Kuwasawa Yoko and Design Movement

Presentation 2
Lecturer: Yamamoto Masayuki (Hyogo University of Teacher Education)
Theme: New Trend of British Typography in the 1930s

第7回 研究発表会

Date: 26 March 2005, at 14.00
Place: Kyusyu Sangyo University
Presentation 1
Lecturer: Harikai Aya (Nagasaki University)
Theme: Handy-Crafts Workshop Union in Munich
[Keywords and Abstract]
Presentation 2
Lecturer: Arakawa Norihiko (PhD Candidate, Waseda University)
Theme: Pottery Design in the Latter Half of the 18th Century in Britain: In Case of Josiah Wedgwood’s Printed Pottery

6th Research Workshop

Date: 4 December 2004, at 14.00
Place: Saitama University
Lecturer: Tsujimoto Yuki (Independent Researcher)
Theme: Farmers’ Arts Movement: Focusing on Kanae Yamamoto

第5回 研究発表会

Date: 21 March 2004, Arcade Tour at 14.00 and Lecture at 16.00
Place: Fukada Building, Osaka
Lecturer: Ishimura Shinichi (Kyushu University)
Theme: Studying History and Culture of Shopping Arcades

第4回 研究発表会

Date: 22 November 2003, at 15.00
Place: Kobe University
Lecturer: Monden Sonoko (PhD Candidate, Kyoto University)
Theme: ‘Nikko Temple Room’ by Yamanaka & Co.: How the Style of Western Furniture and Interiors were Created in Meiji Era?

Yamanaka & Co., Meiji Western Furniture, Nikko Temple Room, Japanese Style, Japanese Art History, 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, Compromise between East and West

This research investigates ‘Nikko Temple Room’ exhibited by Yamanaka & Co. in 1904 the St. Louis World’s Fair. As one of the earliest Japanese retailers of oriental arts and crafts with shops abroad, the company concerned with making Western furniture for export. ‘Nikko Temple Room’ was the display with the style of compromise between East and West. Though each piece of furniture was come from Rococo, Victorian, Renaissance sources, each motif was related to Japanese temple and shrine. This derives us to questions why names such as ‘Horyuji Style’ and ‘Byodoin Style’ were used for Western furniture, and displayed inside the space called ‘Nikko’.

In those days, ‘Japanese Style’ had been searched for furniture and interior designs. It was produced by referring to Japanese Art History and ‘National Treasures’ which had been started to certify in 1897. My concern is to consider ‘Nikko Temple Room’ as one of the typical examples of ‘Japanese Style’ sought by Japanese artists and historians.

Such compromise between Japanese and Western styles since late Meiji period had been appeared in interior and furniture design with the rise of nationalism. Yamanaka’s display shows how national image was visualized in the era of the early twentieth century.

3rd Research Workshop

Date: 28 June, 2003, at 13.00
Place: Kitakyushu University
Lecturer: Ihara Hisahiro (Kyushu Institute of Design)
Theme: Otto Neurath: His Exhibitions and Thoughts
[Keywords and Abstract]

2nd Research Workshop

Date: 1 March 2003, at 13.00
Place: Saitama University, Tokyo Station College
Lecturer: Suga Yasuko (Saitama University)
Theme: Calico Printing as a From of Art Manufacture, or Bad Taste?

1st Research Workshop

Date: 22 November 2002, at 15.20
Place: Kobe University
Lecturer: Mori Junko (Independent Curator and Researcher)
Theme: Japanese Women and Chair: Three Case Studies in 1920s-30s

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