About PoNJA-GenKon


PoNJA-GenKon is a listserve group established in March 2003.

The acronym stands for "Post-1945 (Nineteen forty five) Japanese Art Discussion Group / Gendai Bijutsu Kondankai."

The co-founders, Reiko Tomii and Miwako Tezuka, are art historians based in New York City, and it was their dream to bring together specialists and professionals with interest in Japanese art produced since 1945. Since its inception, PoNJA-GenKon has grown to become a large international network of people with shared interests and passions. We value the creative and intellectual input of individuals who can contribute to this sense of community and to the field of contemporary Japanese art.


As our name and logo suggest, the goal of PoNJA-GenKon is to bring together specialists and professionals in the English-speaking world with interest in post-1945 Japanese art, and to offer a forum for interaction and debate on issues addressing postwar Japanese art and Japanese modernity.

Web Mission

The mission of this website is to develop a base for the field of contemporary Japanese art and to make it internationally accessible. The problem of language has been imposing for non-Japanese-speaking scholars, artists, or those who are interested in this field. We are taking the initiative to break this boundary, and we also hope to expand the possibilities for Japanese artists to become more active internationally in the most up-to-date contemporary art scene.

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