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ASJ September Meeting

Monday, September 26th at 6:30 p.m.
Venue: Shibuya Kyōiku Gakuen
Address: 1-21-18 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0002
Access: About a 15-minute stroll from Shibuya station’s Hachiko exit. Map.

Title: “The Human Behind the Genius: Person and Persona of Ogata Kōrin (1658-1716).”
Speaker: Dr. Frank Feltens, Lecturer, Gakushuin University.

Ogata Kōrin (1658-1716) is one of Japan's most cherished premodern artists. Middle-school textbooks feature his works and contemporary artists and designers continue to draw from Kōrin's idiosyncratic style. As was the case with many artists before and after him, history has made Kōrin a larger-than-life figure, a fact that has shrouded our understanding of the man behind the genius. Yet we are fortunate that Kōrin's descendants preserved an unparalleled amount of documentation on Kōrin and his life. The wealth of letters and other records that survive by Kōrin's hand allows us to discover a very private side of the artist, one that unveils how illicit love affairs and inconsiderate spending gave rise to one of Japan's greatest artists.

Speaker Biography
Dr. Feltens is Anne van Biema Postdoctoral Fellow at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. He received his PhD in Japanese art history from Columbia University. His research focuses on early modern Japanese painting, lacquer, and ceramics, with a special focus on Rinpa.

Recent publications include “Shinshutsu Sensōji zō Sakai Hōitsu shita-e Namu Butsuan honzon tenjiku butsuzōki ni tsuite [A Newly Discovered Handscroll at Sensōji with Underpaintings by Sakai Hōitsu],” Kokka 1440 (October 2015), pp. 30–7, and “Traversing Time: Three Centuries of Japanese Art at the Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Berlin,” Orientations 46, no. 7 (October 2015), pp. 78–86. He is currently preparing a book manuscript on the life and art of Ogata Kōrin.

A vote of thanks will be given.

Forthcoming ASJ October Meeting

Monday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: (tbc).
Subject: (tbc)
Venue: (tbc)

2016 Young Scholars’ Programme

This programme was initiated in 2006 to give researchers at doctoral level the opportunity to present their research on Japan and/or Asia, and answer questions on it in English. Four young scholars will be selected to give a presentation for 15 minutes each to an international audience.


Do You Know How to Contact Any of the Transactions Authors Below?

Please e-mail any clues, ideas, hints, e-mail, etc. to Ms. Yarrow at:

163 Consent forms have been confirmed as of June 07, 2016.

136 authors remain to be contacted. We are working on it!

-Young Scholars from 2007 Miss Ayako Kusonoki and Mr. Yasuyuki Kishi from 2009 have vanished.

Several authors are members of the professional network LinkedIn. If someone has a Premium account, we can contact them.
日本アジア協会は、紀要The Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japanを電子化しデジタルアーカイブをインターネットで公開するにあたり、連絡先が判明しない著作権者についての情報提供を求めています。 別紙に掲載いたしました著作者について、著作権者、もしくは著作権継承者、またはこれらの方々の連絡先に関する情報をお持ちの方は、上記連絡先までご連絡ください。

In preparation for the launch of the digitized archives online of the journal “The Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan”, the Asiatic Society of Japan is seeking information regarding copyright holders.
They fall into three catagories.

— NO DATA means, aside perhaps from the date of death, we have no contact data and this is very serious as it means we cannot contact anyone to sign the Consent form and get their article up legally on our future Internet ASJ Forum, which is very sad.

— NO REPLY means the author, heirs, publishers, or university departments were contacted but did not reply. Often, we must retry two or three times to get someone’s attention.

— IN PROGRESS means a volunteer is currently in pursuit. Success is an option at this point.

Contact Information Needed. Update in progress June 06 2016

    Family Name, Given Name -status
    Ackroyd, Joyce
    Anderson, Prof. Stephen John
    Auslin, Michael R. -no data (possible contact; in progress -Carey)
    Ayrton, W. E.

    Barrett, M. T. (possible contact; in progress -Nagy)
    Beasley, William G. -2 articles (in progress -Yarrow)
    Beauchamp, E. (possible contact; in progress -El Borai)
    Beretta, Lia (possible contact; in progress -Simmons)
    Berton, Peter (d. 2014. -no reply)
    Bickerton, William Maxwell -no data
    Borton, Hugh (d. 1995. -no data)
    Boxer, C. R. (d. 1995 -possible contact; in progress -Robinson & Yarrow) 3 articles
    Buchanan, Rev. Daniel Crump (d. 1982. -no data -Yarrow)
    Burdick, Charles Burton (d. 1998 -no data)

    Clement, Ernest Wilson -2 articles
    Cohen, A. M. -no data ; -Kobayashi
    Coville, Cabot R. (d. 1987 -no data)
    Crawcour, Edwin Sydney -no reply -2 articles
    Cullen, Prof. Louis -no data

    Daniels, F. J. -no reply (in progress -Yarrow)
    de Becker, E. V. A. -no data
    Dolce, Dr. Lucia -no data
    Dooman, Eugene H. (d. 1969 -possible contact; in progress -Koyabashi)

    Elisonas, J. S. A. -no data

    Farrington, Anthony -no data (in progress -Yarrow)
    Figgess, Sir John (possible contact; in progress -S. Tanaka)
    Finch, Roger -no data
    Foucher, A. -no data
    Furness, George A. -no data

    Groot, Father Gerard (d. 1970 -no reply)
    Gundert, Wilhelm (d. 1971) (possible contact; in progress -Ando)

    Hackin, J.
    Hammond, Jeff M. -no reply (in progress -Schumacher)
    Harich-Schneider, Eta (d. 1986 -no reply)
    Harris, Mr. Tim -no reply (in progress -Schumacher)
    Horiguchi, Mihoko -no data-past ASJ Librarian
    Horton, H.M. (in progress; -Yarrow)
    Howes, John F. -no reply
    Hrdlickova, Ms. Vena -no reply (in progress -Yarrow)
    Huffman, James (in progress -Ando)
    Huq, Mr. Mir Monzurul (in progress -Yarrow)

    Ike, Nobutaka (d. 2005 -no data)
    Ikuma, Dan Nobutaka -no data
    Imazeki, Dr. Rokuya (d. 1991 -no data (in progress -Yarrow)
    Immoos, Thomas -no reply (in progress -Carey)
    Iosifidou, Maria -no rely (in progress -Carey)
    Ishii, Yoneo (d. 2010; in progress -Yarrow)
    Itani, Zenichi -no data
    Iwao, Prof. Seiichi (d. 1988 -no reply)
    Izuerdo, H.E. Miguel Ruiz-Cabanas, -no reply (in progress -Ramos)

    Johnson, Linda -no data
    Joly, Jacques -no data

    Kades, C. L. -no data
    Kishibe, Shigeo (d. 2005) (possible contact; in progress -Yarrow)
    Kersten, Mr. Carool -no reply (in progress -Yarrow)
    Kishi, Yasuyuki (YSP) -no reply (in progress-Akizuki)
    Kishibe, Shigeo (d. 2005) (possible contact; in progress -Yarrow)
    Kroker, Edward -no data
    Kuiper, J. Feenstra (d. 1970 -no data)
    Kuno, Keitaro -no reply
    Kusonoki, Dr. Ayako (YSP) -no reply

    Lerski, Jerzy Jan (d. 1992 -no data, however, voted most favorite name on this list)
    Levy Jr., Marion J. (d. 2002 -no data)

    Malm, William P. -no data
    Mayer, Fanny Hagin (d. 1990 -no data)
    McDowell, Kevin no reply (in progress -Yarrow)
    McKeen Di Crocco, V. -no data
    McNelly, Prof. Theodore -no data
    Monnet, Livia -no reply

    Nakamura, Naokatsu -no data -Makino
    Nish, Ian H. (possible contact; in progress -Yarrow)

    Ōhe, Shūzō -no data

    Parish, H. Carroll -no data
    Pierson, Jr. Dr. Jan Lodewijk (d. 1979-no data -Mochidome) 3 articles
    Plummer, Katherine (d. 2013 -in progress -Yarrow)
    Posdneeff, Miss V. -no data

    Querido, A. -no reply

    Rabbit, James A. (d. 1969 -no reply)
    Redman, Sir Vere (d. 1995 -no data)
    Robert, Marcel -no data
    Romieux, J. -no data
    Roussos, Jason E. S. -no data

    Sadler, Arthur Lindsay (d. 1970 -no data, which seems impossible)
    Sakamaki, Shunzo (d. 1973 in progress -Robinson)
    Shimatsu, Yoichi C. -no data
    Shimizu, Isamu -no data
    Singer, Dr. Kurt -no data
    Sissons, D.C.S. (d. 2006 -no data)
    Smith, Neil Skene (d. 1972 -no data -Yarrow)
    Smith, R. J. -no data
    Snellen Jan Bartholomeus -no data. 3 articles
    Spencer, R. S. -no data
    Spinks, Charles Nelson -no reply
    Statler, Oliver (d. 2002; in never-ending progress -Yarrow)
    Stramigioli, Giuliana -no data

    Tao, Zhikun -no data
    Teow, Dr. See Heng -no reply
    Tominaga, Prof. Michio (d. 2004 in progress -Akizuki)
    Totman, Conrad -no reply
    Trotter, Ms. Ann -no data (in progress -Yarrow)
    Tsuchiya, T. -no data

    Uyehara, E. -no data

    van Briessen, Fritz (d. 1987 -no data)
    van Gulik, Robert H. -no reply (in progress -Carey) 3 articles
    van Hinloopen Labberton, D. (-no data, alas, but voted most improbable name on this list)

    Wainright,S. H. -no data
    Wasson, R. G. -no data
    Waugh, D. H. -no data
    Whymant, A. Neville J. -no data
    Wildes, H. E. -no data (in progress -Yarrow)
    Williams, Harold Stannett (d. 1987 -no data)
    Wilson & Colby, R. & J. -no data
    Wright, David -no reply; (in progress -Yarrow)

    Yanai, Hiroshi -no data
    Ye, Kyaw Thu (YSP) -no reply

    Zahl, Karl F. -no reply
    Zolbrod, Leon (d. 1991 -no reply, possible contact; in progress -Yarrow)