Chino Kaori Memorial Prize

About the Prize

Chino Kaori Memorial Essay Prize

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 2017 competition will receive a prize of $1,000. JASA has pledged to support the Chino Kaori Prize in this way for the next five years.

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.

The competition is open to graduate students from any university. Papers (main text, not including notes) should be under 10,000 words (in Times New Roman, 12 point, double spaced) and not previously published or currently submitted for publication. Submissions should be made by email and include a 250-word abstract. Texts should be in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat (PDF); illustrations should be in MS Power Point or Adobe Acrobat (PDF) with individual illustration images no larger than 75 dpi and the total file size no larger than 5 MB. Submissions not complying with the specifications will not be accepted. The selection committee will post an abstract of the winning paper on the JAHF website.

We circulate a call for submissions over our listserv, usually in May, with a submission deadline of early August. Please direct any questions to Justin Jesty, JAHF Secretary, justin.jesty AT



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"