• Thursday, March 28, 2019 6:00–7:00 pm
    Masako Watanabe
    Independent Scholar

    807 Schermerhorn Hall

    “New Herbs (Wakana)” from the Tale of Genji; Tosa Mitsuyoshi (1593-1613); album leaf; ink, color, gold, and gold leaf on paper; Kyoto National Museum

    “New Herbs (Wakana)” from the Tale of Genji; Tosa Mitsuyoshi (1593-1613); album leaf; ink, color, gold, and gold leaf on paper; Kyoto National Museum

    A particular episode from the 34th chapter of the Tale of Genji known as “New Herbs” describes one of the critical moments in the life of Hikaru Genji. The young noble, Kashiwagi, catches a glimpse of Genji’s young wife, the Third Princess. This incident develops into an illicit love affair – Kaoru is born, the Third Princess becomes a nun and Kashiwagi falls ill and dies. The lecture will introduce the transformation of images of the Third Princess by examining pictorial examples from the Edo period.

    This lecture is a co-sponsorship with the Japanese Art Society of America (JASA)

  • Saturday, April 13, 2019 and Sunday, April 14 2019

    Tosa Mitsuoki (1617–1691). Portrait-Icon of Murasaki Shikibu. Edo period (1615–1868), 17th century. Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk; 35 5/8 x 20 3/4 in. (90.5 x 52.7 cm). Ishiyamadera Temple, Shiga Prefecture, Courtesy of Ishiyamadera Temple, photo

    Tosa Mitsuoki (1617–1691). Portrait-Icon of Murasaki Shikibu. Edo period (1615–1868), 17th century. Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk; 35 5/8 x 20 3/4 in. (90.5 x 52.7 cm). Ishiyamadera Temple, Shiga Prefecture, Courtesy of Ishiyamadera Temple, photo

    To RSVP email: mo2486@columbia.edu
    Saturday, April 13 – At Columbia University
    614 Schermerhorn Hall

    9:30–10:00     Registration and Coffee
    10–12:45        Welcome: Matthew McKelway
                            Panel 1:
                            Kōno Motoaki* (Seikadō Bunko Museum)
                            Kawada Masayuki* (Kubosō Art Museum)
                            Ryūsawa Aya* (Kinjō Gakuin University)
                            Haruo Shirane (Columbia University)
                            Q & A follows

    2–5:00            Panel 2: Special focus on “Maboroshi no Genji emaki” (“Phantom Genji” handscrolls)
                            Kojima Naoko* (Risshō University)
                            Sano Midori (Gakushūin University)
                            Takahashi Tōru* (Independent scholar)
                            Estelle Bauer (Columbia University, INALCO)
                            Masako Watanabe (Independent scholar)
                            Panel discussion led by Melissa McCormick (Harvard University)

    5:00 – 6:00     Reception

    Sunday, April 14 – At the Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Sacerdote Hall, Uris Center for Education (81st Street entrance)

    10:00–10:30   Registration and Coffee
    10:30–12:30   Welcome: John Carpenter
                            Panel 3:
                            Kinoshita Kyōko (Tama University)
                            Tomoko Sakomura (Swarthmore College)
                            Monika Bincsik (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
                            Matthew McKelway (Columbia University)
                            Q & A follows

    *English translations will be available for papers delivered in Japanese.

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