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Tomoko Sakomura

Acting Co-President


Provost's Office

Art History


  2. Phone: (610) 328-8119
  3. Parrish Hall E228S
  4. Beardsley Hall 206


B.A. Keio University, Tokyo (1997)
M.A., Columbia University (1998)
Ph.D., Columbia University (2007)

Area of Specialization

East Asian Art


ArtH 001L FYS: From Handscrolls to Comic Books: Pictorial Narratives in Japan
ArtH 032 Crafting Nature: The Art of Japanese Tea Culture
ArtH 033 Famous Places and Sacred Sites: The Art of Landscape in East Asia
ArtH 034 Colloquium: East Asian Calligraphy
ArtH 039 Contemporary Japanese Visual Culture
ArtH 095 Cracking Visual Codes
ArtH 136 Word and Image in Japanese Art

Selected Publications

“Calligraphy, Character, and Sensibility in The Tale of Genji.” In Oxford Studies in Philosophy and Literature: Murasaki Shikibu’s The Tale of Genji, edited by James McMullen, 175-200. New York: Oxford University Press, 2019.

Chiyomigusa (FSC-GR- 780.453.1-3), Nyohitsu shinan shū (FSC-GR- 780.455.1-3), Sanjūrokkasen (FSC-GR-780.86), Sanjūrokkasen gashō (FSC-GR- 780.162)” The World of the Japanese Illustrated Book: The Gerhard Pulverer Collection, Freer | Sackler (The National Museum of Asian art), posted January 27, 2018.

"Changing Hands: Teika, Poetry, and Calligraphy in Sixteenth-Century Japan." In Around Chigusa: Tea and the Arts of Sixteenth-Century Japan, edited by Dora C. Y. Ching, Louise Allison Cort, and Andrew M. Watsky, 71-90. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2017.

Poetry as Image: The Visual Culture of Waka in Sixteenth-Century Japan. Leiden: Brill, 2016.

"Japan: 1400-1600" and "Japan: 1600-1750." In History of Design: Decorative Arts and Material Culture, 1400-2000, edited by Pat Kirkham and Susan Weber. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013.

"Futatsu no kasenzu byōbu o meguru ichishiron (A Study of Two Poet-Portrait Screens)." In Chūsei nomonogatari to kaiga (Medieval Narratives and Painting) for the series Chūsei bungaku to rinsetsu shogaku (Medieval Literature and Neighboring Studies) 9, edited by Ishikawa Tōru, 167-196. Tokyo: Chikurinsha, 2013.

"Uta, sakura, byōbu--tekusuto to imeji ni yoru Yoshino zō (Poetry, Cherry Blossoms, and the Folding Screen: Yoshino in Text and Image)." In Amerika ni watatta monogatari-e: emaki, byōbu, ehon (Narrative Paintings in America: Handscrolls, Folding Screens, and Books), edited by National Institute of Japanese Literature, 117-129. Tokyo: Perikansha, 2013. In Japanese with English summary.

"Visual Remembrances: Flower Viewing, Poetry, and Yoshino in Text and Image." In Japanese Visual Culture: Performance, Media, and Text, edited by Kenji Kobayashi, Maori Saitō, and Haruo Shirane, 85-100. Tokyo: National Institute of Japanese Literature, 2013.

"Summoning the Thirty-Six Poets: A Look at a Poet-Portrait Screen," Impressions 32 (2011), 145-165.

"Negotiating Word and Image: The Case of Ôgi no sôshi (Imêji to tekisuto no fukusôteki kankei--"Ôgi no sôshi" o rei toshite)." In New Horizons in Japanese Literary Studies: Canon Formation, Gender, and Media (Ekkyô suru nihon bungaku kenkyû--kanon keisei, gendâ, media), edited with Introduction by Haruo Shirane, 120-123, E108-110. Tokyo: Benseisha, 2009. [Bilingual publication]

"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, 78-89. Adelaide: Art Gallery of South Australia, 2009.

"Japanese Games of Memory, Matching, and Identification." In Asian Games: The Art of Contest, edited by Colin Mackenzie and Irving Finkel, 253-71. New York: Asia Society, 2004.

Kazari: Decoration and Display in Japan 15th-19th Centuries, edited by Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere. London: British Museum Press, 2002. Contributing author.

Early Modern Japanese Literature: An Anthology 1600-1900, edited by Haruo Shirane. New York: Columbia University Press, 2002. Contributing author.


Further explore works by Tomoko Sakomura here.

Making Sense of Glances and Gestures: A Japanese Poet-Portrait

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