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Arts of Japan

This lecture-only module will examine cultural highpoints in the arts of Japan from the fourteenth to the nineteenth centuries. Artefacts in all media – painting, ceramics, lacquer and textiles – will be examined in the context of the influence of China on Japan, the creation of the Shogun Court, the rise of the merchant classes and the establishment of the pleasure districts in burgeoning Tokyo. Particular attention will be paid to lacquer ware created for the domestic and European market, the arts associated with the tea ceremony and traditional Japanese theatre. Themes of Japonisme will be explored, particularly in nineteenth century Ireland as Japan emerged after 250 years of self-imposed isolation from the outside world.


Ruth Starr

How to apply

The closing date for online and postal applications is Friday 13 January. You may register and pay by credit/laser card online at after 16th August or you can download an application form and send it with a cheque/money order made payable to Trinity College Dublin number 1 account to: Dr Patricia Stapleton, Evening and Short Courses administrator, School of Histories and Humanities, Room 3141, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Dublin 2. Applications may be made in person in room 3141, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin between 16th and 27th August from 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. or by appointment.


EUR 75 / Concession: EUR 45. The concession rate is available to second and third level students and people whose primary source of income is social welfare, health board or a government-sponsored employment scheme.

Time and place

6 p.m. - 7 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Emmet Theatre, Arts Building. Please note all module times are subject to change. Please check our website: after 16 August for update or text INFO to 087 257 2016.


This lecture-only module comprises one lecture per week over one twelve-week term commencing Wednesday 18 January 2017. There is a one week break (27 February – 3 March 2017) when no lectures will take place.