Sōtatsu: Making Waves


Sōtatsu in Washington: Insights, Discoveries, and Reflections

Freer, Meyer Auditorium
Saturday, October 24, 10 am-5 pm


  • Julian Raby, Welcome Remarks
  • James T. Ulak, Introductory Remarks: Why Sōtatsu? Why Here?
  • Yukio Lippit, Sōtatsu: Five Perspectives
  • Okudaira Shunroku, Keeping Score: The Memory of Sōtatsu’s Vision
  • Nakamachi Keiko Charles Lang, Miraculous Waters: Expression and Meaning in the Waves at Matsushima
  • James T. Ulak, Freer and the “Discovery” of Kōetsu and Sōtatsu
  • Furuta Ryō, Sōtatsu in the 20th Century

Sōtatsu’s Times: Perspectives on the Culture and Politics of Kyoto

Freer, Meyer Auditorium
Saturday, December 5, 10 am-5 pm


  • 10–10:30 am: Coffee in the Freer Conference Room
  • 10:30–10:45 am: Welcome
    • Yukio Lippit, Harvard University
    • James Ulak, Freer|Sackler
  • 10:45 am–1:00 pm: Presentations
    • Mary Elizabeth Berry, University of California, Berkeley, “It Was the Best of Times to Be an Artist”
    • Morgan Pitelka, Carolina Asia Center and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, “The Arts of Reinvention: Kyoto Culture in the Early Seventeenth Century”
    • Jacqueline I. Stone, Princeton University, “Sōtatsu, Kōetsu, and the Lotus Sūtra: The Religious World of the Kyoto Townspeople”
  • 1:00–2:30 pm: Lunch break
  • 2:30–4:00 pm: Presentations
    • Tomoko Sakomura, Swarthmore College, “Sōtatsu and the Art of Mix and Match”
    • Joshua S. Mostow, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, “Sōtatsu and Tales of Ise (Ise monogatari)”
  • 4 pm: Round table discussion
  • 5 pm: Program concludes