Marjolein de Raat gained a BA in Japan Studies and MA in East Asian Studies from Leiden University, the Netherlands. She spent a year at Nagasaki University as a participant in the NUJALP programme in 2012-2013. In the Netherlands she worked at the Leiden Asia Centre, as a volunteer for the Textile Research Centre, and as research associate at the Research Center for Material Culture.
Her interests lie in early modern history, material culture, fashion history, and cultural exchange. She has presented at the 2018 Transcultural Studies Student Conference in Heidelberg, and the Israel Association for Japanese Studies 2018 conference in Tel Aviv, with papers on the conflict and exchange between Europe and Japan in the late Azuchi-Momoyama and early Edo period. Her research has focused on the relationship between the Dutch East India Company, the Japanese government, and Jesuit missionaries, and on the exchange of visual and material culture that occurred during the persecution of Christianity in Japan. Another area of interest is the modernization process in the Meiji and Taisho periods, especially the development of women’s rights and how this is reflected in the changing fashions.
Marjolein took up the post of Assistant Curator at National Museums Scotland in 2020. In this position, she supports the Curator for Japan and leads a project on improving the Japanese clothing and textiles collection. Her other activities include researching the provenance of Buddhist materials and working on ceramics and the collection of Japanese sword furniture.