MATSUBA Ryōko is a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow at Nanzan University and holds a Fellowship for Japanese Studies Young Scholars awarded by the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (UK).
From 2004 to present she has been engaged in major projects to digitize Japanese ukiyo-e prints and illustrated books in the following institutions:
Museo Di Arte Orientale Chiossone (Genoa); Musees Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire (Brussels); Bibliothèque royale de Belgique, (Brussels); British Museum (London); Victoria and Albert Museum (London); Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution (Washington D.C.); Foundation Baur, and the Musée des Arts d’Extrême-Orient (Geneva) as well as the holdings of several private collections in Europe and Japan.
In 2010 she assisted the British Museum in preparations for an upcoming shunga exhibition, scheduled to open in October 2013.
Her recent publications include:
“Edo no gekijō-zu: Hishikawa-ha o chūshin ni,” Fūzoku kaiga no bunkagaku (2009);
“Image Databases and Early Modern Kabuki Performance Research,” Image-Database and Studies for Japanese Arts and Cultures (2010).
“Edo yakusha ehon no shuppan”, in Kimbrough and Shimazaki, eds., Publishing the Stage: Print and Performance in Early Modern Japan (2011), “Yakusha nigao-e shunpon Shina kagami, yakusha nigao no kōshō to shuppan no haikei’, Art Research (2012).