Visit and Study Japan Grant Program 2019 

On Thursday, August 29, 2019, the VSJ (Visit and Study Japan) program presentation was held at the AJS office in Tokyo. In this time, one of the scholars of AJS, Leah Justin Hinich, a student at Harvard University, gave a research presentation on the theme of “Exploring the relationship between ‘Kyōka’ (comical poetry) and ‘Ukiyo-e’ made by Hiroshige Utagawa”.

Ms. Leah mainly explained an importance which reading “Kyōka” can change the image of “Ukiyo-e” that readers perceive. Ms. Leah added her own English interpretation of those “Kyōka”by explaining unique implications including indigenous rhymes. Ms. Leah said that it was very meaningful to be able to talk with experts by visiting Kyōka museums in Japan. After returning to the United States, Ms. Leah plans to publish an English translation of “Kyōka iri Tokaido” with the staff of Boston Museum of Fine Arts.