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
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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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