- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 13, 2006

“People sometimes have perceived the sacred in the small solitary island, the land fragment that emerges from and is animated by ever-flowing waters,” art scholar Andrew M. Watsky writes in his 2004 book “Chikubushima: Deploying the Sacred Arts in Momoyama Japan.” Between 1568 and 1615, Japan’s Momoyama period, Chikubushima was this sacred island, and its banks a safe haven where the country’s rulers kept their art. In his work, Mr. Watsky explores this legendary repository and draws conclusions about Japanese art. At 10:30 a.m. today, the author will receive the Shimada Prize — awarded by the Freer and Sackler galleries and the Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies, Kyoto — for his research. The award is given biennially for outstanding publication on East Asian art history. This event is free at the Freer’s Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and Twelfth Street Southwest. 202/633-4880, www.asia.si.edu.

— Jenny Mayo

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