A Meiji Period wooden shop sign (36cm x 30cm approx) in the shape of a bottle
The sign is carved with the hiragana character す (su) meaning, in this context, vinegar
Private collection, Great Britain
 
Hitachi Europe Ltd, and Hitachi Solutions Europe Ltd, announced last week that it will donate £120,000 to the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures. The donation will directly finance the Sainsbury Institute’s development of an online and interactive English-language educational website. The website will enable school children across the world to learn about Japan’s rich history and interact with its numerous archaeological treasures.
 
The Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures based in Norwich, England reports that –
 
The role of history in education is currently in the headlines in the UK, as the future direction of how children are taught about the past is debated as part of the current government’s education reforms. With the sponsorship of Hitachi Europe and Hitachi Solutions Europe, the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures will develop a new online resource which will provide unprecedented access for school children in UK and other English speaking countries to some of humanity’s most significant but woefully under-appreciated cultural heritage, the historical and archaeological treasures of the Japanese archipelago. This resource will enable students across the English-speaking world to compare their own history with that of Japan.
 
More here.