Assistant Professor of Art History
Professor Sakomura is a specialist in Japanese art history whose work examines the relationship between word and image in the visual culture of late medieval Japan. She offers courses on East Asian art that explore major traditions in painting, calligraphy, sculpture and architecture, as well as courses on Japanese art of the past and the present, including the tea ceremony and contemporary visual culture.
She has written "Unfolding Narratives: Visualising the Tales of Genji and Heike on the Folding Screen" in The Golden Journey: Japanese Art from Australian Collections, edited by James Bennett and Amy Newland (Adelaide: Art Gallery of South Australia, 2009) as well as "Japanese Games of Memory, Matching, and Identification" in Asian Games: The Art of Contest edited by Colin Mackenzie and Irving Finkel (Asia Society, 2004). She is also a contributing author for Kazari: Decoration and Display in Japan 15th-19th Centuries edited by Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere (British Museum Press, 2002) and Early Modern Japanese Literature: An Anthology 1600-1900 edited by Haruo Shirane (Columbia University Press, 2002).
Professor Sakomura received her B.A. from Keio University, Tokyo, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University.