Welcome to JASA

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JASA iconThe Japanese Art Society of America (JASA) promotes the study and appreciation of Japanese art. Founded in 1973 as the Ukiyo-e Society of America by collectors of Japanese prints, JASA's mission has expanded to include related fields of Japanese art. Through its annual lectures, seminars and other events, the Society provides a dynamic forum in which members can exchange ideas and experiences with experts about traditional and contemporary arts of Japan.

JASA Wishes You a Happy New Year!

Year of the Rooster, 2017

JASA sends best wishes for 2017, the Year of the Rooster, and welcomes your tax-deductible gift.

Image shown: Rooster, Hen and Chicken with Spiderwort (ca. 1830-33). Katsushika Hokusai; 9 x 11½ inches, ink and color on paper. The Francis Lathrop Collection, Purchase, Frederick C. Hewitt Fund, 1911. Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

January JASA Events

The Printmaker's Daughter

On Monday, January 9, JASA members will be guided on a special  tour of the Japan Society’s exhibition At Twilight with curator Michael Chagnon. On Tuesday, January 10,  join us for a talk by Katherine Govier, author of The Printmaker’s Daughter, at the Marymount School in New York City.  Govier’s novel about Oei, the mysterious daughter of master printmaker Hokusai, combines scholarly detective work and a daring narrative that shines fresh light on women and the art world of 19th-century Edo.

For more details and to reserve a place, see our Calendar of Events.

Chino Kaori Prize

Elizabeth Self, at the University of Pittsburgh, has won the 2016 Chino Kaori Memorial Prize for her essay  “A Mausoleum Fit for a Shogun’s Wife: The Two Seventeenth-Century Mausolea for Sugen-in.” (Click on the title for an abstract and the complete essay.)  This Japan Art History Forum prize recognizes outstanding graduate student scholarship in Japanese art history. The prize was established in 2003 in memory of our distinguished colleague Chino Kaori, and is awarded annually to the best research paper written in English on a Japanese art history topic. JASA awarded $1,000 to this year‘s winner (and will over the next four winners) and the University of Hawai‘i Press gives $400 in books from its catalog. The winner also receives a complimentary two-year membership to JAHF.

Award Winners!

On October 31, Impressions 37 received Honorable Mention in the Folio: Eddie Awards for the best in print editorial in the Full Issue category. Rare Correspondence: Letters from Harry Packard to Edwin Grabhorn 1950–64, the supplementary issue of Impressions 36, received Honorable Mention in the Folio: Ozzie Awards for the best in magazine design in the Overall Design category. See links to both publications below.

Impressions 37

Impressions Volume 37

With more than 215 full-color pages, Impressions 37 features tributes to Robert Ellsworth, and essays on Nabeshima porcelain,  Noh prints, a kabuki magazine, Kumano mandala, the aesthetics of rayskin, the Met’s Iris screens and much more. To preview Impressions 37, view the Table of Contents.

Special Edition

Rare Correspondence: Packard-Grabhorn Rare Correspondence, the companion issue to Impressions 36, features letters from the art dealer Harry Packard to his client, the print collector Edwin Grabhorn, from 1950 to 1964. Members who joined or renewed up until June 2015  (for the January–December 2015 membership year) received this issue free as part of their membership. To order additional copies, visit the JASA Store, or print and fill out the Publications Order Form.

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