Koto Sadamura is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Comparative Literature and Culture in Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies at the University of Tokyo, where she completed her M.A. in 2009. Her research interests include the impact of interactions between Japan and Europe/the U.S. on Japanese art in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Her research focuses on the Japanese painter Kawanabe Kyōsai [1831-1889], who had frequent contact with foreign residents and visitors in Japan, especially in his later years. Kyōsai's creative activities took place in active communication with these international collocutors. She is particularly interested in what influence Kyōsai had on the European and American understanding of Japanese art, and vice versa, and what influence European and American interest and ideas of Japanese art had on Kyōsai’s creative activities.