Digital Japan

The Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (SISJAC) was founded in 1999 through the generosity of Sir Robert and Lady Sainsbury to promote knowledge and understanding of Japanese arts and cultures.

The Digital Japan research stream brings together technical innovations in Japanese art and design with use of digital technology to deepen our understanding of Japanese arts and cultures. Current research on Japan is ‘digital’ in three key areas, which together provide an overview of a fast-developing field. 

  1. Documentation. By creating digital reproductions of Japanese cultural heritage, we connect ideas, technology, and society, linking the past to the present and leaving a legacy for the future.
  2. Digital Learning. Digital learning enables us to share knowledge, experience and interaction among students and teachers in the UK, Japan, and beyond.
  3. Collective Intelligence. By setting up a digital space for storing and organising information, we seek to contribute to a shift in how knowledge is shared and processed, from the individual to the collective.