Art & Design

Third Thursday Lecture:Okinoshima: the Shosoin of the Sea

16 February 2012, Norwich

Simon Kaner
Simon Kaner Head, Centre for Archaeology and Heritage, Sainsbury Institute
Director, Centre for Japanese Studies, University of East Anglia



Okinoshima, a tiny sacred island between Japan and Korea, isolated, surrounded by ritual and taboo, home to three goddesses who protected the embassies sent from the ancient Japanese court to China. The wondrously preserved treasures offered to these deities on the island are likened to those in the Shosoin, the imperial treasury in Nara, the final terminus of the Silk Road.



Simon Kaner is an archaeologist specialising in the prehistory of Japan. His research interests include: Japanese prehistory and the history of archaeology in Japan; Japanese cultural heritage and the international role of Japanese heritage management. He is directing the Shinano River Project, investigating the development of the historic landscapes of the Shinano and Chikuma River drainage in central 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.

16 February 2012, 18:00
Hostry, Norwich Cathedral, Norwich NR1 4EH

Tel: 01603 624349

Fax: 01603 625011




Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures