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.

December JASA Events

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On Saturday, December 10,  join us for a day of Japanese art in Connecticut, at the Art Museum at the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford and the Bush-Holley House in Greenwich.

On December 12, JASA will host its annual holiday party, including a lecture by Case Western Reserve art historian Henry Adams, who will present John LaFarge and Japan: How the Quest for Nirvana Gave Birth to Modern Art, at the Marymount School in New York.

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

Holiday Offer

Why not give JASA journals and art books this holiday season? Many are available at special discounted rates until December 31:  Impressions 37, $31 $21Impressions back issues 19–25 and 27–30, $15 $12 ; and Designed for Pleasure, $45 $26. All prices include shipping within the U.S. To order, please visit our JASA Store or use our Publications Order Form.

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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