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.

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.

October JASA Events

JASA members, please join us Friday, October 14,  for a special day in San Francisco at the Asian Art Museum, including lectures by Professor Ming Tiampo of Carleton University on Post-War Japanese Art and Bonhams senior advisor Joe Earle on Meiji: Summation and Transformation. Laura Allen, the museum’s curator of Japanese art, will also guide our group through its exhibition of Japanese lacquer. The sign-up deadline is Friday, September 30.

On Wednesday, October 19, JASA members will visit the Japanese garden at the Rockefeller estate, Kykuit, in Pocantico Hills, New York, and partake in a very special tea ceremony in the tea house designed by Yoshimura Junzo.

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

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.

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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