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.

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.

JASA Wishes You a Happy New Year!

2016, Year of the MonkeyJASA sends best wishes for 2016, the Year of the Monkey, and welcomes your tax-deductible gift.

Image shown: “The Monkey King Songokū, from the Chinese novel Journey to the West, by Yashima Gakutei (1786?–1868), Surimono, probable date 1824;  20.6 x 18.3 cm; H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929; photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

JASA Lectures Online

JClark lecture ShungaASA has now begun an initiative to record JASA lectures when possible. JASA member John Resig—creator of Ukiyo-e.org, the Japanese woodblock print database and search engine,  has volunteered to record audio of a selection of these lectures and combine it with the slides used by the presenter.  These videos can be watched by anyone interested in Japanese art and culture, and from anywhere in the world.  As a lecture is completed. it will be announced on the website and viewers can click on a link view it on YouTube.

In New York in May 2014, John Resig demonstrated the use of the Ukiyo-e.org  search engine. Click here to view a video of his lecture, The Floating World at Your Finger Tips.

Click here to view Timothy Clark's lecture on shunga, presented in New York in November 2014.

May JASA Events

JASA members, join us Friday, May 20,  in San Diego for a visit to Balboa Park’s Japanese Friendship Garden with  JASA President Wilson Grabill and then on to the Mingei International Museum for a tour of “Mingei of Japan: Treasures New and Old from the Museum's Collection,” led by museum director Rob Sidner.

On Saturday, May 21, we’re off to Toronto for a tour,  lecture and private viewing at the Royal Ontario Museum, with Dr. Asato Ikeda, the Bishop White Postdoctoral Fellow of Japanese Art at the museum, and Dr. John Carpenter of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in conjunction with the groundbreaking exhibition “A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints.”

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

Special Edition

Rare Correspondence: Packard-Grabhorn Rare Correspondence, the companion issue to Impressions 36, has been sent to 2015 JASA members. The publication features letters from the art dealer Harry Packard to his client, the print collector Edwin Grabhorn, from 1950 to 1964.

Note: Members who joined or renewed up until June 2015  (for the January–December 2015 membership year) will receive 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.

The JASA Store Is Open!

JASA memberships and renewals—as well as Impressions  current and back issues, subscriptions and other publications—can now be purchased online through PayPal, by credit card or direct debit.  Stop by the JASA Store today!

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