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As part of our project to digital-archive overseas artworks, the Art Research Center (ARC) is pleased to announce that all of the digitized Japanese cultural materials in the collection of the Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde, Leiden (the Netherlands), including Ukiyo-e prints, copperplate prints, and early Japanese books, have now been released with the approval of the museum. This time, the published materials comprise mainly paper-based printed and painted materials.

https://www.arc.ritsumei.ac.jp/lib/vm/RV/

As is well-known, the Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde, Leiden, is home to a large collection of Japanese artifacts, mainly from the collections of Philipp Franz Balthasar von Siebold, Jan Cock Blomhoff, the head of the Dutch trading mission in Dejima, and others. As the only country in Europe to have traded with Japan during the Edo period, many Japanese collections have been gathered in the Netherlands, and many researchers of Japanese culture visit the museum to study its collection.

While the museum's collection is also available through the collection database of the Dutch Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen, organized along with two other Dutch museums, the ARC's database now provides centralized access for the Japanese to the materials of Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde, Leiden. For each of the materials, a button is also provided to access the Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen directly, so that explanatory data in the original database can be viewed with a single click. At the same time, the materials can be accessed via the ARC's Portal Database, allowing you to compare them with those from other institutions.

We hope that you will find this information useful.

The Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University, is delighted to announce the release of its PV, introducing the center's diverse international research activities in Japanese art and culture since its establishment in 1998.

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The FY2020 Annual Report Meeting of the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC) & Support Program for Research Center Formation, Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University, was held on February 19 (Sat) & 20 (Sun), 2021.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the event was held online via Zoom and YouTube.


Program

February 19 (Fri)
13:00-13:05 Opening Remarks
13:05-14:35 Report Session/Support Program for Research Center Formation (15 mins. each incl. Q&As)

1. A Project on the Intellectual Linkage of Large-Scale Cultural Information
Project Leader: Ryo AKAMA, Professor, College of Letters, RU
2. Playing in the City of Kyoto - Construction of a Virtual Kyoto Using VR and AR
Project Leader: Naomi KAWASUMI, Assoc. Professor, College of Letters, RU
Presenter: Hirotaka SATO, Asst. Professor, College of Letters, RU
3.Construction and Transmission of a Kyoto Street Culture Archive
Project Leader: Shinya SAITO, Assoc. Professor, Coll. of Image Arts and Sciences, RU
4. A System Development Project for Exhibition of Images Such as Ukiyo-e Through the Means of Games - Encourage Players to Smile While Playing Games Bring More Enjoyment
Project Leader: Ruck THAWONMAS, Professor, Coll. of Information Science and Engineering, RU
Presenter: Sunee SAE-LAO, M2 (Graduated in Sep 2020), Coll. of Information Science and Engineering
5. Acoustic sound reconstruction and playing-support with traditional instruments
Project Leader: Takanobu NISHIURA, Professor, Coll. of Information Science and Engineering, RU
6. Project of developing evaluation datasets for ARC collection databases
Project Leader: Akira MAEDA, Professor, Coll. of Information Science and Engineering, RU
Presenters: Jiayun WANG, D3, Grad. School of Information Science and Engineering, RU
Yuting SONG, Specially Appointed Assistant Professor, Grad. School of Information Science and Engineering, RU
Biligsaikhan BATJARGAL, Senior Researcher, Kinugasa Research Org., RU

14:35-14:50 -Break (15 mins)-
14:50-15:20 Report Session/Support Program for Research Center Formation(15 mins. each incl. Q&As)

7. Play between creativity and learning
Project Leader: Akinori NAKAMURA, Professor, Coll. of Image Arts and Sciences, RU
Presenter: Yasuo KAWASAKI, Visiting Researcher, Ritsumeikan Center for Game Studies
8. Collaborative Project ①The Construction of a "Playable Kyoto Cultural Resources Archive" using AI and a Time Travel Game System
Project Leaders: Ruck THAWONMAS, Professor, Coll. of Information Science and Engineering, RU
Presenters: Shinya SAITO, Assoc. Professor, Coll. of Image Arts and Sciences, RU
Naomi KAWASUMI, Associate Professor, College of Letters, RU

15:20-16:20 Report Session/ARC-iJAC(15 mins. each incl. Q&As)

9. Infrastructure Development of Digital Research Environment for Modern Woodblock-printed Kuchi-e (Frontispieces)
Project Leader: Tomoo ASAHI, Independent Researcher
Presenter: Kana TSUNEKI, Ph.D. Candidate, Grad. School of Letters, RU / Assistant Professor, National Institute of Technology, Kurume College

10. A Study on the Construction of a Theater Material Image Search System that Utilizes the Theater Performance Record Database
Project Leader: Sachiko MUTO, Chief Librarian, Shochiku Otani Library
11. Fundamental research for digital reproduction of Kabuki in Genroku era  
Project Leader: Masami IWAI, Professor, English and Int'l Studies, Meijyo University
12. A Database Construction of Old Japanese Manuscripts and an Analysis Using Machine Learning
Project Leader: Toshiaki AIDA, Lecturer, Grad. School of Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering in Health System, Okayama University

16:20-16:35 -Break (15 mins)-
16:35-17:50 Report Session/ARC-iJAC (15 mins. each incl. Q&As)

13. A Study on the Construction of "The Kamo River Old Photograph GIS Database" and Analysis of River Environment Transitions
Project Leader: Takafusa IIZUKA, Associate Professor, Faculty of Regional Policy, Aichi University
14. A Study of a System to Support Community Study on Kyoto's Townscape and its Changes
Project Leader: Akira TAKAHASHI, Visiting Researcher, Cyber Media Center, Osaka University
15. Digital Archive of the Techniques, Processing and Enjoyment of Manga and Anime with its Focus on International Spread and Propagation of Culture 
Project Leader: Ryosuke YAMANISHI, Assoc. Professor, Faculty of Informatics, Kansai University
Presenters: Dr. Ryosuke YAMANISHI, Susumu NAKATA, Professor, Yoko NISHIHARA, Assoc. Professor, College of Information Science and Engineering, RU
16. Digital Archive Project of Japanese Arts in the Collection of Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad, India
Project Leader: Shinya MAEZAKI, Associate Professor, Dept. of Apparel and Space Design, Kyoto Women's University
17. Cultural salons and the visual arts in Kyoto and Osaka, 1750-1900: Digitizing Kamigata surimono and paintings
Project Leader: Andrew GERSTLE, Emeritus Professor, SOAS University of London

February 20 (Sat)
13:00-14:15 Report Session/Support Program for Research Center Formation (15 mins. each incl. Q&As)

1. Research project on the Japanese cultural resources using the concept of "Metahistory" or "Les lieux de mémoire"
Project Leader: Koichi HOSOI, Professor, College of Image Arts and Sciences, RU
Presenter: Hitomi Mori, D2, Yuji MIYATA, D1, Toshinari Tsuji, M1, Graduate School of Letters, RU
2. Play and Discovery in Kanji Characters
Project Leader: Lin MENG, Assoc. Professor, College of Image Arts and Sciences, RU
3. Visualization for Re-experiencing the Psychology/Festival using VR Technology
Project Leader: Kyoko HASEGAWA, Lecturer, College of Information Science and Engineering, RU
4. Generation Z Web Content Archiving Project
Project Leader: Yumi TAKENAKA, Professor, Grad. School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences, RU
Presenter: Shunsuke Mukae, D7, Grad. School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences, RU
5. Collaborative Project ② Learning about Kyoto Ukiyo-e landscapes by Playing Minecraft.
Project Leaders: Prof. Koichi HOSOI, Prof. Ruck THAWONMAS, Prof. Akinori NAKAMURA
Presenter: Toshinari TSUJI, Graduate School of Letters, RU

14:15-14:30 Break (15 mins)
14:30-15:00 Report Session/Support Program for Research Center Formation (15mins. each incl. Q&As)

6. Collaborative Project ③ About the Digitization, Preservation and Organization of the Shirakawa Shizuka Collection
Project Leaders: Lin MENG, Associate Professor, College of Information Science and Engineering
Akira MAEDA, Professor, Coll. of Information Science and Engineering, RU
Fumio GOTO, Associate Professor, The Shirakawa Shizuka Institute of East Asian Characters and Culture/Grad. School of Professional Teacher Education
Presenter: LI Kangying, D2, Grad. School of Information Science and Engineering, RU
7. Collaborative Project ④ Visualization of Mind of Generation Z
Project Leaders: Prof. Yumi TAKENAKA, Dr. Kyoko HASEGAWA
Presenters: Takahiro MORI, D4, Grad. School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences, RU

15:00-16:00 Report Session/ARC-iJAC (15 mins. each incl. Q&As)

8. Research of Kyoto-based Global Development of Printing Techniques and Designs
Project Leader: Aya UEDA, Part-time Lecturer, Kwansei Gakuin University/ Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts
9. Construction of a 3D Model Database of Japanese Armor in the Collection of the Tokushima Castle Museum, Tokushima City
Project Leader: Akihiro TSUKAMOTO, Associate Professor, Faculty of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Tokushima University
10. Automatic Extraction of Personal Information of Historical Characters from Nihon Jinmei Jiten by Yaichi Haga and Creation of Structured Data
Project Leader: Fuminori KIMURA, Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics, Management and Information Science, Onomichi City University
11.「Developing Online Education and Research Using the Holdings of the C.V. Starr East Asian Library and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive at the University of California, Berkeley」
Project Leader: Jonathan ZWICKER, Assoc. Professor, University of California, Berkeley
Presenter: Prof. Ryo AKAMA, Professor, College of Letters, RU

16:00-16:15 -Break(15mins.)-
16:15-16:45 ARC-iJAC Technical Support Board Workshop
16:45-17:45 Report Session/ARC-iJAC (15 mins. each incl. Q&As)

12. A Comprehensive Online Catalog of the Japanese Artworks in Europe and North America: Its Construction and Application 
Project Leader: Monica BINCSIK, Assistant Curator, Department of Asian Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Presenter: Prof. Ryo AKAMA, Professor, College of Letters, RU
13. Digital Archiving of Indonesian Cultural Heritage and Development of 4D High-Definition Visualization Contents
Project Leader: Dr. Fadjar I. THUFAIL, Researcher, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)
Presenters: Dr. Fadjar I. THUFAIL, Liang LI, Assoc. Professor, Coll. of Information Science and Engineering, RU
14. 「Edo Period Map Goes Digital - The O Edo ezu as an Interactive Resource」
Project Leader: Michael KINSKI, Professor, Japanese Studies, Frankfurt University
Presenters: Prof. Michael KINSKI / Leo BORN, MA Student, Heidelberg University / Koray BIRENHEIDE, MA Student, Frankfurt University
15. Using Digital Archives to Create a Research Network of Japanese Cultural Resources in the UK and Utilizing Digital Resources for Japanese Studies 
Project Leader: Ryoko MATSUBA, Senior Digital Humanities Officer, SISJAC

17:45-17:50 Closing remarks

The 10th Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities took place on Saturday, February 13, 2021, co-organized by the Kansai Division of the Japan Art Documentation Society and the Kansai Division of the Japan Society of Information and Knowledge in cooperation with the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC), Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the event was held online via Zoom. Participation was free of charge.

The Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities was launched in 2011 as a platform for presentations and exchange mainly among postgraduate students and young researchers interested in the digital humanities research in arts, culture, and other related fields.

The event offered an opportunity for participants to discover new research themes and methods through human interaction in different fields, and we also welcomed exploratory and adventurous presentations that are slightly different from conventional conference presentations.

Facilitators (in alphabetical order): Ryo AKAMA (Ritsumeikan University), Naoki TAKUBO (Kindai University), Takehiko MURAKAWA (Wakayama University)

Japan Art Documentation Society


Program: →Presentation abstracts (in Japanese)
12:50 Opening Remarks
12:55 Presentation1
「情報処理科目を対象とした選択式問題生成支援システムの改良」
山口 晶啓(和歌山大学システム工学部)
13:20 Presentation2
「遺跡に関するデータベースの位置情報修正の検討」
武内 樹治(立命館大学大学院文学研究科)
13:45 Presentation3
「自治体史等の地域資料のデジタル化・オープン化の進展状況 - 神奈川県市域部と町村域部とにおける相違点」
長塚 隆(鶴見大学名誉教授)
14:10 Break
14:25 Presentation4
「系図コンテンツの効果的な閲覧の支援に関する研究」
東 涼介(和歌山大学大学院システム工学研究科)
14:50 Presentation5
「ソーシャルVRサービス"VRChat"を用いたバーチャル展示制作システムの開発 -立命館大学アート・リサーチセンター閲覧室を事例に-」
江﨑 笙吾(立命館大学文学部)
15:15 Presentation6
「3次元計測で得られる大規模ポイントクラウドを用いた有形文化財の衝突可視化」
Li Weite(立命館大学大学院情報理工学研究科)
15:40 Break
15:55 Presentation7
「日本文化資源としての「時代劇」関連資料アーカイブの構築と活用 ~書き込み脚本を例に~」
辻 俊成(立命館大学大学院文学研究科)
16:20 Presentation8
「演劇アーカイブ研究:現代演劇を中心とした理論と実践」
村上 佳奈子(立命館大学大学院文学研究科)
16:45 Break
17:00 Presentation9
「深層学習モデルに基づく浮世絵画像検索システムの開発」
王 嘉韻(立命館大学大学院情報理工学研究科)
17:25 Presentation10
「浮世絵レコードのクロスモーダル多言語横断検索に向けて:Multilingual-BERTによる作品情報の特徴埋め込み抽出の試み」
Li Kangying(立命館大学大学院情報理工学研究科)
17:50 Closing Remarks
18:00 Get-together

48tanaka.jpgProfessor Tanaka, thank you for your time today. Firstly, could you please tell us how you joined the Art Research Center at Ritsumeikan University?

Prof. Tanaka: In 2004, the College of Information Science and Engineering was founded at Ritsumeikan University. I was appointed to the Department of Information Science and Engineering in 2002 as a founding member.

Coincidently, the Art Research Center had been selected for the 21st Century Center of Excellence (COE) Program "Kyoto Art Entertainment Innovation Research" by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) in the same year and so, the joint research started.

Can you please tell us more about your area of research?

funehoko.pngProf. Tanaka: I conduct research on the ultra-high-quality visualization and visual analysis of cultural heritage to digitally preserve valuable cultural properties in Japan and abroad.

By utilizing the latest 3D scanning technologies such as laser scanning and photogrammetry techniques, we can obtain large-scale point-cloud data of cultural assets.

We have proposed a novel method of see-through visualization applicable to point cloud data. This method enables us to visualize the complex inner and outer structures of tangible cultural heritage.

Read more>>

Ako City has started to hold the online exhibition Gishi no Leader: Oboshi Yuranosuke (「義士の頭領・大星由良之助」) from Saturday, November 14, using the Virtual Institute platform of the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC).

1.pngAko City and the Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University, have been promoting the digital archiving of ukiyo-e with the theme of Chushingura and have made the ukiyo-e collection of Chushingura held by Ako City open to the public.

Since 2019, the ARC and Ako City have been working to hold digital exhibitions centered on the works in its database for the purpose of developing database operation methods and promoting their utilization.

In this exhibition, we are introducing a collection of works depicting Oboshi Yuranosuke (or Oishi Kuranosuke), the protagonist of the play Chushingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers). Based on a historical event, Chushingura tells the story of forty-seven loyal retainers from the Ako domain led by Yuranosuke who avenged their lord's death. This year, the second online exhibition entitled "Gishi no Leader: Oboshi Yuranosuke" has been now made available to the public.

You can enjoy various "cool" images of Yuranosuke, such as scenes when he appears, scenes of the famous actors playing the role of Yuranosuke, and scenes depicting him in the act of revenge.

>> Click here to enter the Ako City Chushingura Ukiyo-e Digital Exhibition.

>> Click here for the Ako City Chushingura Ukiyo-e Database.

takeuchi_michitakanosekai.jpgのサムネイル画像The Art Research Center is pleased to announce that The World of the Takeuchi Michitaka Collection (『竹内道敬文庫の世界』), a treasure trove of early modern Japanese music materials, has been released.

With the aim to digitize and publish one of the representative collections of the Kunitachi College of Music Library - the collection of Takeuchi Michitaka - the Art Research Center has been collaborating with the library to release the official version of The World of Takeuchi Michitaka and make it available on the ARC's Virtual Institute: https://www.arc.ritsumei.ac.jp/e/v_institute/.

The Takeuchi Michitaka Collection is the world's largest collection of modern Japanese music, especially regarding shamisen music, with over 10,000 items in total, including nishiki-e (woodblock prints), music books, and banzuke (playbills).

While we had previously released the nishiki-e database in March 2019, we officially launch an online digital exhibition this time based on the Kunitachi College of Music 90th Anniversary Project: Takeuchi Michitaka Collection Nishiki-e Picture Book. At the same time, the entire banzuke collection (over 5,600 items) with the focus on kabuki and joruri theater playbills will be made available to the public from our banzuke database.

Please feel free to use this as an online hub for your research on Japanese music: https://www.arc.ritsumei.ac.jp/lib/vm/kunitake/.

As we strive to continue with the digital archiving of music books to release them in the next fiscal year and beyond, please visit our website again in the future.

Furthermore, our digital exhibition is also accessible from the top page of the Kunitachi College of Music Library: https://www.lib.kunitachi.ac.jp/.

BM-2020.3015.046.jpgThe Art Research Center is pleased to announce that the group of drawings by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) made for a book called Great Picture Book of Everything (『万物絵本大全図』) and published online by the British Museum on September 3, 2020, is now also available in the ARC database.

The metadata in the ARC's database is more detailed than the original database due to the additional information provided with the ARC's own research.

<Background>

The existence of these drawings that were formerly owned by Parisian jeweler and art collector Henri Vever had been unknown to the wider world for 70 years after they were sold at an auction. It was only last year when they were finally re-discovered and acquired by the British Museum.

In a total of 103 drawings, Hokusai depicted a wide range of subjects related to natural phenomena, landscapes, ancient China, India and Southeast Asia, amongst others. The discovery of these drawings is especially significant as they stem from a period in the artist's career, the late 1820s, where he was previously thought to have created relatively little due to a series of difficult personal challenges. However, this group of drawings actually marks a turning point in the artist's career, giving him a new burst of creativity that was to be reflected in his subsequent famous print series, Thirty-Six Views of Mt Fuji (c. 1831-1833).

Ukiyo-e Portal Database:

https://www.dh-jac.net/db/nishikie/results.php?f1=BM-2020.3015&-max=50&enter=portal&lang=ja (in Japanese)

https://www.dh-jac.net/db/nishikie/results.php?f1=BM-2020.3015&-max=50&enter=portal&lang=en (in English)

The Early Japanese Books Portal Database

https://www.dh-jac.net/db1/books/BM-2020.3015/portal/

The published images were taken by Art Research Center staff.

<Cooperation with the British Museum>

The ARC has been engaging in the digitization of the British Museum's Japan-related artworks for more than 10 years.

While the artworks that have been digitized by the ARC are available in the British Museum's collection search system, they are also published online by the ARC based on the contractual terms, and many items are only available in the ARC database.

Please refer to the ARC's databases for the British Museum below.

The British Museum Japanese Old Books Database (1,567 items)

https://www.dh-jac.net/db1/books/search_bm.php (in Japanese)

https://www.dh-jac.net/db1/books/search_bm.php?lang=en (in English)

Ukiyo-e Online Database for the Collection of the British Museum (20,436 items)

https://www.dh-jac.net/db/nishikie/search_bm.php?lang=ja (in Japanese)

https://www.dh-jac.net/db/nishikie/search_bm.php?lang=en (in English)

0006_p03_4.jpgThe Otojiro & Sadayakko Kawakami's Album of European and American Performance Materials (commonly known as Otosada Album)/「川上音二郎・貞奴一座欧米公演関係資料アルバム(通称【音貞アルバム】)」 has been published in the Art Research Center's Shochiku Otani Library Special Data Browsing System.

The Shochiku Otani Library that has been implementing the FY 2020 Adopted Joint Research Project (Open Theme) "A Study on the Construction of a Theater Material Image Search System that Utilizes the Theater Performance Record Database (演劇上演記録データベースを活用した、演劇資料画像検索閲覧システムの構築に関る研究)" as part of the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC) has released the Otojiro & Sadayakko Kawakami's Album of European and American Performance Materials (Otosada Album).

Please access the database from here:

https://www.dh-jac.net/db1/resource/search_sol.php?lang=en

The Shochiku Otani Library Special Data Browsing System has been developed by the ARC-iJAC.

The digital archiving of these materials was made possible by funds raised through the crowdfunding project [No.7] Preserving the Trajectory of Otojiro & Sadayakko Kawakami on the Global Stage for the Future that was launched by the Shochiku Otani Library in 2018. Currently, the crowdfunding project has successfully reached to the round [No.9].

Otojiro Kawakami was a pioneer of the Liberal Civil Rights Movement, actor, and entertainer who enjoyed great popularity with his Oppekepe song. Regarded as a founder of the shinpa theatrical form that originated in the Meiji Period, he played a major role in the modernization of Japanese theater. Furthermore, Sadayakko, who became his wife, is considered as Japan's first actress in the modern period.

This album is extremely valuable because it contains letters and magazine articles from the time when Otojiro and his troupe toured the United States and Europe starting from April 1902.

For more details on the Otosada Album, please see the article below:

https://readyfor.jp/projects/ootanitoshokan7

The Shochiku Otani Library, founded in Tokyo in 1956, is dedicated to materials concerning Japanese theatrical works (mainly kabuki, bunraku, shinpa, shingeki, and commercial plays) as well as movie and TV-related scripts, magazines, posters, and photo collections, amongst others.

The Art Research Center (ARC) is pleased to announce that a video of the "Katayama Noh Online Special Performance" held on September 5, 2020, at the Nagoya Noh Theater has been released and will be available on YouTube until October 10, 2021.

The ARC has been closely working with the Katayama Family Foundation for the Preservation of Noh and Traditional Kyoto Dance to film and digitally archive their performances for more than 20 years.

With the changes in the global environment in 2020, the world of classical performing arts has also entered a phase of exploring new methods for disseminating performances.

To address the issue of how to promote classical Japanese performing arts to the world amid a global pandemic, the Katayama Family Foundation for the Preservation of Noh and Traditional Kyoto Dance and the ARC have been conducting practical research on the topic "Study on the Effective Promotion of Noh Theater to the Global Audience (能楽の効果的な世界にむけた発信に関する研究)".

This research project is one of the FY 2020 Adopted Joint Research Projects (International Joint Research to Utilize the Center's Facilities and Equipment) of the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC).

The video represents one of the research achievements of this project.

Program:

Noh "Yoroboshi" / performed by KATAYAMA Kuroemon and others

Noh "Sessho-seki" / performed by MIKATA Shizuka and others

Click here to access the official YouTube channel of the Katayama Family Foundation for the Preservation of Noh and Traditional Kyoto Dance.

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