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Dept. of Art & Art History
11 Talbot Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
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Ikumi Kaminishi specializes in Japanese art and culture with particular focuses on Buddhist art and medieval illustrated hand-scrolls (emakimono). She explores visual art as paradigms of Buddhist upāya (skillful means), a didactic method of helping others to enlightenment. In her book, Explaining Pictures: Buddhist Propaganda and ETOKI Storytelling in Japan, she examined the roles of prophetic didactic paintings used for Buddhist proselytization (etoki). Her current book project focuses on Japan's pre-modern visual culture with interests in political intrigues behind illustrated hand-scrolls, including the Kitano Tenjin scrolls and other major works. Her articles on the scrolls of Kegon-shū soshi eden (Legends of the Kegon Buddhist school founders) and the Kusōzu (Decaying corpse in nine Stages) focused on the issues of Buddhism and women. She teaches a variety of courses, including Japanese architecture, Buddhist Art, Arts of China, Zen and Tea Aesthetics, and History of Japanese anime.
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