On Monday 20 September 2021, on the eve of the anniversary of her passing one year earlier, the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies and St Antony’s College held a joint memorial event for their much-missed colleague, Ann Waswo. Ann’s brother, Jim Lardner, and nephew, David Lardner, spoke about Ann’s family background - in particular the influence of her mother and father - and shared slides of her early years growing up in North America; Catherine Forsyth spoke about Ann’s life in Switzerland and France and their travels together in Japan; Martin Dusinberre spoke about Ann as a doctoral supervisor and the enduring significance of her writings for historians of Japan; and Jenny Corbett spoke about Ann as a colleague and friend to both the College and the Institute. Following the tributes, family and friends scattered Ann’s ashes on the flower bed directly outside the Nissan Institute which has a Japanese Cherry tree that blooms every spring and Japanese anemones which flower every year in the late summer and early autumn.
Further tributes and pictures can be found here: https://barbarawaswo.muchloved.com/
A Video link to the scattering of Ann's ashes can be found here https://youtu.be/A4inW4mXnAQ