Art & Design

Third Thursday Lecture:Midwife and Manga Heroine: Oine Siebold, Nagasaki and the Birth of Modern Japan

18 August 2011, Norwich

Ulrich Heinze
Sasakawa Lecturer in Contemporary Japanese Visual Media
Sainsbury Institute and Centre for Japanese Studies, University of East Anglia


This lecture looks at the city of Nagasaki, once considered Japan's only window to the world during the 'closed' period of the Tokugawa era, through literary works and manga. Unraveling the historical importance of the city of Nagasaki on cultural exchanges between Japan and the West in the first half of the nineteenth century, Ulrich Heinze will refer to three key source materials: David Mitchell's exhilarating novel The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (2010), with its focus on life in Dejima from the perspective of a Dutch trader bearing a resemblance to Hendrik Doeff and including a depiction of the Phaeton-incident of 1808; Hendrik Doeff's (1764-1837) own Recollections of Japan, which is now available in English; and Masaki Maki's manga Oine Siebold, on the career of the first female physician and obstetrician in Japan.


Admission is free and all are welcome. Booking essential. To book a seat email us at or fax 01603 625011 up to two days before the lecture stating your name, number of seats required and a contact number. Unless indicated otherwise the lectures are held at the Norwich Cathedral Hostry (Weston Room), Norwich NR1 4EH. The Third Thursday Lecture series is funded by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Charitable Trust.

18 August 2011
Hostry, Norwich Cathedral, Norwich NR1 4EH

Tel: 01603 624349

Fax: 01603 625011



Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures