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Institute student awarded Daiwa Scholarship 2017

12 September 2017

Institute student awarded Daiwa Scholarship 2017

Congratulations to Institute of Archaeology student, Tumi Markan, who has been named as a Daiwa Foundation Scholar for 2017.

Tumi, who has just completed his BSc (Hons) degree in Archaeology at the Institute, has been interested in metallurgy since he was a child and has a particular interest in the production of traditional Japanese swords.

Tumi visited Japan in summer 2016 to take part in the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures’ Summer Programme in Japanese Arts and Heritage, and that year also attended the World Archaeology Conference (WAC-8) which was held in Kyoto.

Tumi's aim with this scholarship opportunity is to stimulate greater public interest in Japanese swords and their craftsmanship.

The Daiwa Scholarship is a unique 19-month programme of language study, work placement and homestay in Japan, following a month of Japanese language tuition in the UK. Daiwa Scholarships offer young and talented UK citizens with strong leadership potential, the opportunity to acquire Japanese language skills, and to access expertise and knowledge relevant to their career goals.

A farewell reception was held at Japan House earlier this month for the Daiwa Scholars 2017 who will depart for Tokyo tomorrow, 13 September 2017.