The Japan Art History Forum’s Chino Kaori Memorial Essay Prize recognizes outstanding graduate student scholarship in Japanese art history. The prize was established in 2003 in memory of our distinguished colleague Chino Kaori, and is awarded annually to the best research paper written in English on a Japanese art history topic.

Thanks to a generous gift from the Japanese Art Society of America (JASA), the winner of the 2018 competition will receive a prize of $1,000. JASA has pledged to support the Chino Kaori Prize in this way until the year 2020.

The prize is also generously supported by the University of Hawai’i Press. The prize recipient will be awarded $250 in books from the University of Hawai’i Press catalogue as well as a complimentary two-year membership to JAHF.

See below for submission instructions.

Past Winners

2018 Kelly McCormick University of California Los Angeles “The Cameraman in a Skirt: Tokiwa Toyoko, the Camera Boom, and the Nude Shooting Session”

2017 Carrie Cushman Columbia University “Temporary Ruins, Recurring Memories: Miyamoto Ryuji’s Architectural Apocalypse (1988)”

2016 Elizabeth Self University of Pittsburgh “A Mausoleum Fit for a Shogun’s Wife: the Two Seventeenth-Century Mausolea for Sugen-in”

2015 Yurika Wakamatsu Harvard University Feminizing Art in Modern Japan: Noguchi Shohin (1847-1917) and the Changing Conceptions of Art and Womanhood

2014 Eugenia Bogdanova-Kummer Heidelberg University “The Material Is The Message: Rubbings and Prints in Postwar Japanese Calligraphy”

2012 Sara Sumpter University of Pittsburgh “Visualizing the Invisible: Supernatural Sight and Power in Early-Medieval Japanese Handscrolls”

2011 Jeannie Kenmotsu University of Pennsylvania “Sites and Sights of Pleasure in the Eastern Capital: Poetry, Place, and Patronage in Suzuki Harunobu’s Zashiki hakkei and Furyu zashiki hakkei”

2010 Christina M. Spiker University of California, Irvine “Creating an Origin, Preserving a Past: Arnold Genthe’s 1908 Ainu Photography”

2009 Hyunjung Cho University of Southern California “Building the Narrative of Postwar Japan: Tange Kenzo’s Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park”

2008 Namiko Kunimoto UC Berkeley “Electric Dress and the Circuits of Subjectivity”

2007 Ryan Holmberg Yale University “It was not so easy to be born: Hayashi Seiichi manga”

2006 Jung-Ah Woo UCLA “The End of Eternity: Yoko Ono and Art after the War”

2005 Maki Kaneko University of East Anglia “Art and the State: Government-Sponsored Art Exhibitions and Art Politics in Wartime Japan”

2004 Alicia Volk Yale University “When the Japanese Print Became Avant-garde: Yorozu Tetsugoro and Taisho period Creative Prints”

2003 John Szostak University of Washington “Hada Teruo: An Exploration of the Life and Practice of a Modernist Buddhist Painter”

Submission Instructions

The competition is open to graduate students from any university. Recent graduates are also eligible to apply, up to one year from their date of graduation.

Essays may not be previously published in any form or currently under review for publication.

Submissions should include an essay, abstract, and illustrations that conform to the following guidelines:

  • Essay: under 10,000 words (13,000 including notes), in 12 pt., double-spaced font.
  • Abstract: 250 words.
  • Illustrations: size of the total file must be under 10MB.
  • Please send the all three items in a single Word file. If you are unable to use Word please contact JAHF Secretary to make other arrangements.

Submissions open on April 15.
The annual deadline for submissions is July 15.

Please direct any questions to Justin Jesty, JAHF Secretary, jjesty AT

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