Reading letters by Hokusai and Oi (4)

22 September 2017

Japan section office, Department of Asia, British Museum 10.00
Gakushuin University, Tokyo 18.00

The Hokusai project combines scholarly inquiry into a focused set of research questions with the creation of an innovative bilingual online resource for Hokusai research. Our goal is to enhance our understanding of how Hokusai's art was animated by his thought and faith. To analyze Hokusai’s thought, we propose to draw on the evidence of his artwork, together with his own words as found in his book prefaces, letters and other material. The project is supporting regular online study meetings with Japanese scholars to read and translate letters by Hokusai and his daughter Oi into English. This work will enable us to reveal the networks that linked Hokusai to collaborators, pupils, patrons, and the public.

© Trustees of the British Museum,  Ehon Saishikits  û   (Picture book:   How to Colour),  1979,0305,0.465

© Trustees of the British Museum, Ehon Saishikitsû (Picture book: How to Colour), 1979,0305,0.465

Letter with instructions for mixing pigment by Oi

Presenter: Ryoko Matsuba (SOAS)


Arata Shimao, Gakushuin University
Mamiko Ito, Gakushuin University
Mai Nakazawa, Gakushuin University
Ran Kamiya, Gakushuin University
Angus Lockyer, SOAS University of London
Ryoko Matsuba, SOAS University of London
Tim Clark, Department of Asia, British Museum
Alfred Haft, Department of Asia, British Museum
Stephanie Santschi, British Museum