Inside Japan: ancient and modern at the Ashmolean museum

Japanese civilisation stretches across millennia of time and represents an almost unique continuum of indigenous culture and regional interaction. In many ways, two periods characterise the march of its cultures: the Jomon, an immense period of prehistory from around 14000 until 900BC, and the Edo period, which ushered in the era of modern Japan in the 19th century. Both produced distinctive icons, the wild ‘flame-rimmed’ pots of Jomon, or Hokusai’s ‘Great Wave’ which have captivated modern students of this extraordinary island civilisation.

Using the collections of the Ashmolean museum we will be looking at these disparate eras and discussing the development of Japanese culture, tradition and archaeology.

Special access
Experience special access to ancient artefacts with a privileged handling session at the museum

Itinerary 2018

Day 1

09:45 - We meet at the St Giles entrance.
10:00 - Ilona will give an introuctory lecture covering the Joman and Edo periods.
11.15 - Coffee break.
11.30 - Handling session with Clare Pollard Curator of Japanese Art.
12.45 - Walk to lunch.
13.00 - Lunch

14.15 - Walk back to the museum
14:30 - Take part in a Tea Ceremony.
15.30 - Gallery visit with Clare Pollard who will tell stories about Edo and Meiji period objects.
16.15 - Disperse where you can visit the shop with a special 10% discount.

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Lunch
  3. Fact Sheet - Including background information about your Guide Lecturer, historical context for the Day, detailed itinerary, a suggested reading list and directions to the venue

See something old in a new way

Andante Study Days offer rare, often unique, insights into the world of working archaeology. All are led by expert guides, and are designed to give guests access to some of the best of British Archaeology... 

What to expect 

  • An expert guide to accompany you throughout the Day
  • A mixture of lectures, practical demonstrations, handling sessions, guided tours and walks
  • Special access to museums, sites and galleries otherwise closed to the general public (where specified)
  • Small Groups 12-25 guests 
  • The company of like-minded people!
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