Who we are

Mutual Images was created in 2013 by three academics sharing an interest in “images” of Japan, as well as past and present cultural exchanges between Japan and Europe. During three years, they gathered academics from different countries around a workshop focusing each time on a specific subject. The papers presented were published in Invene (ISSN: 2273-6085), Vol.1-2.

In 2014, Mutual Images was registered as an official scholarly and non-profit association with the Préfecture du Rhône, France. It follows the French law of the 1st of July 1901 regarding associations.

Since 2015, Mutual Images widened its field of interest under three programs: “Japan Focus”, “Asia-Europe Exchanges” and “Global Interactions”. In the meantime, the association has been preparing the creation of its peer-reviewed and open-access research journal. The 1st volume of the Mutual Images Journal was published in 2016. Since then, 2 volumes are published every year in Spring and Autumn. The volumes are available here: http://www.mutualimages-journal.com

Mutual Images is a member of OASPA.


  • The Mutual Images Board is composed of:

Dr Aurore YAMAGATA-MONTOYA, president
Maxime DANESIN, vice-president in charge of events
Dr Marco PELLITTERI, vice-president in charge of publications
Dr Fabio Domenico PALUMBO, secretary
Shogo YAMAGATA, treasurer