An aged-stained sheet of paper decorated with a scene of six well-dressed seated figures around a scroll containing text in Japanese.

Event information

26 June 2024


Online event


Please note this is an online event and will require you to use the video conferencing system Zoom.

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Join curator Dr Akiko Yano to explore the vibrant city life and collective creation of Japanese art found in salon culture.

In the late 18th–19th centuries, salons were creative spaces for people of all social levels to jointly pursue painting, poetry and other artistic endeavours. Large numbers of people joined these cultural activity groups to follow diverse kinds of arts as serious but amateur practitioners.

With a variety of motivations, people from all walks of life – young and old, women and men – participated enthusiastically in these circles. The artworks produced were technically sophisticated, featuring lively figures in daily life and festivals, elegant birds and flowers, ferocious animals and lyrical landscapes.

Even today, there is still much to uncover about salon culture in Edo-period Japan. Who were the participants of the cultural groups that produced the artworks? What types of artistic and social salons existed? How wide were these networks?

Akiko Yano will take you through the special display on this theme currently being held in Rooms 92–94 (The Mitsubishi Corporation Japanese Galleries) in our latest free online Members' talk. Showcasing the rich Japanese collections at the British Museum, she'll offer a new perspective on Japanese art and society in the 18–19th centuries.

To attend this online event

Join the discussion from 11.45 on Wednesday 26 June 2024. The event will be hosted on Zoom, a free video conferencing system. Please read the Zoom booking form privacy policy.

Once you've accessed this event online, one of the Membership team will be ready to greet you and explain how to ask questions and take part. After the initial presentation and discussion, we'll be inviting questions from the online audience.

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Please note, once maximum capacity is reached on Zoom, Members can watch the event streamed on YouTube and will be redirected from the same 'Join the discussion' link. A recording of the event will be circulated at a later date in a Members' email.

About the speaker

Dr Akiko Yano is the Mitsubishi Corporation Curator for Japanese Collections in the Department of Asia, specialising in Japanese painting history. She completed her PhD at Keio University, Tokyo. Having previously worked at SOAS University of London and joining the Museum in 2015, she is currently conducting a major three-year (2022–25) international research project between the UK and Japan about 'salon culture' and creative connections and networks in Kyoto and Osaka in 1750–1900.