The Tekagamijō and Tōdaijigire in Context

The Tekagamijō and Tōdaijigire in Context

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 4:30pm to Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 5:00pm
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In conjunction with a Yale University Art Gallery rotation featuring the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library’s Tekagamijō calligraphy album and related works, an international group of scholars will gather for a series of roundtable discussions about tekagami albums, anthologies and albums as assemblages of dispersed materials, and the culture of appreciation and collecting of calligraphy and related works of art in 16th and 17th century Japan.  Special focus will be given to the section of the Tōdaijigire—Minamoto no Toshiyori’s 1120 version of Minamoto no Tamenori’s 10th-century Sanbō ekotoba—within the Tekagamijō and additional leaves on loan from other collections and on view in the concurrent Yale University Gallery rotation. The rotation, entitled “Tekagamijō: A Japanese Calligraphy Album in Context” opened February 27, 2019 and includes the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Mokagami album, Wakan rōeishū scrolls from the Harvard Museums, a unique 19th-century harimaze screen and other works from Yale, the Met,  Harvard Museums and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Workshop roundtable participants will include Alessandro Bianchi, Ethan Bushelle, Claire-Akiko Brisset, John Carpenter, Funami Kazuya, Komine Kazuaki,  Kuboki Hideo, Tomoko Sakomura, Ivo Smits,  Sasaki Takahiro,  Unno Keisuke, Lisa Fagin Davis, and Yale graduate students Nina Farizova, Mary Gilstad, Jeffrey Niedermaier and Loren Waller.


Thursday March 28

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Viewing of exhibition, Yale University Art Gallery (1111 Chapel Street)

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM “Keynote Address”, Loria Center, Room 351 (190 York Street) 

7:00 PM Reception 

All following will take place in the Loria Center, Room 351

Friday, March 29

8:45 AM - 9:30 AM Continental Breakfast

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM Lisa Fagin Davis (Medieval Academy of America). Introduction to “fragmentology,” with Q&A

Short Break

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Roundtable one: On the culture of kohitsu-gire, tekagami, the Tekagamijō and Mokagami and other fragments/assemblages.  Moderator:  Mimi Yiengpruksawan

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Lunch

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Roundtable Two: On the history and issues concerning the Tōdaijigire and Sanbōe (and carry over from above). Moderator: Edward Kamens


3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Roundtable three:  The visual and textual culture/context of the late 16th-17th century:  art historical and other perspectives. Moderator:  Sadako Ohki

Saturday, March 30  

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Round table four: Wakan rōeishū, 36-kasen, and anthologies. Moderator:  Denise Leidy or Edward Kamens 

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Final summary open discussion; presentation of TKJ online project and its prospects

Due to space limitations, registration is required but there will be no fees for attendance. On Friday, March 29th, there will be a viewing of related rare books and materials at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Registration for this session is also required. If you are interested in registering for this workshop, please email your full name and affiliation to ASAP and no later than Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

The workshop is sponsored by the Council on East Asian Studies and the 320Y Humanities Initiative at Yale University.

For further information please contact Edward Kamens ( workshop organizer, or Stephanie Kim (, Council on East Asian Studies staff.

Sponsored by the Council on East Asian Studies and the 320Y Humanities Initiative