Japonisme in Architecture and Space: From the Late 19th Century to Today

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October 10, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Architecture and Architectural History, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Japanese History / Studies

The Society for the Study of Japonisme International Symposium 2020

Japonisme in Architecture and SpaceFrom the Late 19th Century to Today


Date: 9:3017:30 Saturday October 10, 2020

Virtual Symposium

Organizers: The Society for the Study of Japonisme / Ebara Hatakeyama Memorial Foundation

Language: Japanese or English (with simultaneous interpretation)

300 participants

Admission free



It is well known that Edward S. Morse and Bruno Taut wrote books about Japanese architecture, and that Frank Lloyd Wright was much impressed by the Japanese pavilion at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The latter also incorporated Japanese elements into his architecture, making afterwards several trips to Japan. What in Japanese architecture made it so attractive to these visitors from the West after the Meiji Restoration? Also, did japonisants, those European and American aficionados of ukiyo-e and Japanese craft objects, turn their attention to the country’s architecture as well?

How were the characteristics of Japanese architecture understood and incorporated into the Western built environment, exercising what kind of influence on the birth of modernist architecture? Conversely, while Japanese architecture was presented in numerous world fairs, what did the Japanese themselves do in order to promulgate it abroad?

Further, how conscious are such internationally active Japanese architects as ANDŌ Tadao, SANAA and KUMA Kengo about the specifically Japanese features in their designs, and how are they appreciated in the West?

The 2020 edition of the Society for the Study of Japonisme International Symposium seeks to examine these East/ West encounters and their consequences, including surprise, learning and adaptation, in terms of both architectural designs and ideas to which architectural spaces give rise.



9:30– Greetings and Introduction (moderator: ISHII Motoaki, Professor, Osaka University of Arts)

9:30-9:40 MABUCHI Akiko, President, Society for the Study of Japonisme, Director,

National Museum of Western Art

Welcome greeting

NAKAMURA Hiroshi, Ebara Hatakeyama Memorial Foundation

Welcome greeting

9:409:50 TANAKA Atsuko, Specially-appointed Professor, Shibaura Institute of Technology



I. Foreign Views on Japanese Architecture

moderator: TANAKA Atsuko

9:5010:20 HAMAJIMA Hiromasa, Ph.D. candidate,

Graduate School of Business Sciences and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba

Victorian Views of Japanese Architecture in the mid-19th century”

10:2510:55 ŌKUBO Miharu, Researcher in Comparative Culture

The Tea House seen and interpreted by foreigners”


II. How Japanese Architecture was Received and Understood Abroad

moderator: ŌKUBO Miharu

11:0011:30 Edward R. Bosley, Executive Director, The Gamble House, Pasadena, California

Two Sides of the Pacific: Japan and the Architecture of Greene & Greene”

11:3512:05 Jean-Sébastien Cluzel, Associate Professor, Sorbonne University

Restoration of Emblematic Buildings of Japonisme in France: Midori no Sato pavilion,

Albert Kahn pavilions, La Pagode, Stork room.


Lunch Break


13:05– Afternoon Sessions

III. The Japan Pavilions in the Universal Expositions: Their Intentions and Forms

moderator: ŌKUBO Miharu

13:0513:35 ISHII Motoaki

Japanese Architecture as Locomotive for the Presence at World Fair:

Japan Pavilion at the Double International Exposition of Turin and Rome in 1911”

13:4014:10 MANDAI Yasuhiro, Professional, Nomura Real Estate Development Co. Ltd.

HASEGAWA Kaori, Assistant Professor, Tokyo University of Science

YAMANA Yoshiyuki, Professor, Tokyo University of Science

Pavillon du Japon at the Paris International Exposition 1937 as ‘New Japanese

Architecture’ ― ‘Japanese Architectural Spirit’ of SAKAKURA Junzō”

14:1514:45 Helena Čapková, Associate Professor, Ritsumeikan University

Japanese Space as Gallery:

Afterlives of the Japanese Pavilions at International Exhibitions”



IV. Modernist Space and Japanese Architecture

moderator: Tanaka Atsuko

15:0015:30 ŌSHIMA Ken Tadashi, Professor, University of Washington

Japonisme Inside Out: From Bruno Taut to KUMA Kengo”

15:3516:05 KISHI Yū, Research Fellow, Institute of Asian Cultural Studies,

International Christian University

From ‘Taste’ to ‘Style’: Architectural Debates in Trans-war Japan”

16:1016:40 EMOTO Hiroshi, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Research Fellow

(Post-Doctorial) Chiba University

The Eloquence around Mies van der Rohe: Myth-making of Japanese Influence”

16:4517:15 Lili Gracia, Master of Architecture Student,

École Normale Supérieure d’ Architecture Paris-Belleville, France


YAMANA Yoshiyuki

The Youth Center in Cieux (1973) and the Moulin Blanc International Center in Brest

(1983): a singular embodiment of the Japanese Traditional Architecture and Modernity

dialectic by Roland Schweitzer”

17:15–17:25 Wrap-Up

moderator: TANAKA Atsuko, YAMANA Yoshiyuki

17:25 Closing Remarks  TAKAGI Yōko, Managing Director, Society for the Study of Japonisme,

Professor, Bunka Gakuen University

17:30 Symposium Ends


How to apply (up to 300 persons)

The International Symposium will be held online via public network,

so please submit your application declaring the following ①~④ by

11pm, Wednesday, September 30, 2020(JST [Japan Standard Time]), after studying the notices below.

e-mail address of the Society for the Study of Japonisme: japonisme@world-meeting.co.jp

Your Name

Institute where you work

Member or Non

Your e-mail Address


Notices for participating at the symposium on Zoom

The Symposium will be held on Zoom, and, in order to listen to the simultaneous translation in

Japanese or English, you need to download and install Interprefy application (see attached instructions).

Beside the main presentation device such as desktop computer,

an additional device (smartphone or tablet computer) will be required for simultaneous translation.

Please prepare yourselves with guidelines here attached.

As for Zoom, see https://zoom.us/jp-jp/meetings.html.

The Society of the Study of Japonisme will offer no technical support. It is your responsibility to

secure the stability of internet connection, live streaming and any other related computer operations.

Please note that the order of the presentations are subject to change or may be cancelled.

Expenses incurred by the symposium with respect to equipment and internet connection

are your responsibility.

Members will be accepted in the order of submission. If you happen to get no information after the

expiring date (September 30), please contact our office: japonisme@world-meeting.co.jp.

Non-members will gradually get notice after the expiring date.

If submissions reach the limit, i.e. 300 persons, the Society may close the acceptance.

Please see our website for the number of applicants.

Your private information will be used only in the communication for this symposium and in no other


Once accepted, you will receive Zoom meeting URL, ID, Password,

Token of Interprefy by mail about a week before the symposium.

These numbers are strictly personal and you are supposed never to cede any of them to others.


For more inquiry, e-mail to japonisme@world-meeting.co.jp

Society for the Study of Japonisme website: https://japonisme-studies.jp/en/

Contact Info: 

For more inquiry, e-mail to japonisme@world-meeting.co.jp

Society for the Study of Japonisme website: https://japonisme-studies.jp/en/