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August 1, 2022(Mon)

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3rd Online Summer Programme in Japanese Cultural Studies: "Tourism and Heritage in Post-Lockdown Japan", 1 - 12 August 2022 / <Applications now closed.>

Organized by the Centre for Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia and the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (SISJAC) in partnership with Toshiba International Foundation and the Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University, the 2022 Online Summer Programme in Japanese Cultural Studies will be held online from August 1 to August 12.

This programme is free for all attendees, requiring no prior training in Japanese or Japanese Studies. Now in its third year, the programme was conceived as a temporary replacement for in-person summer schools, which were prevented due to the Coronavirus pandemic. However, the programme has attracted incredible interest from across the globe, demonstrating a strong appetite for Japanese Studies internationally.

This edition of the programme considers directly the impacts of the Coronavirus on Japan. The curriculum will be based around the theme of "Tourism and Heritage in Post-Lockdown Japan". Throughout the world, tourism has been one of the industries most profoundly affected by the pandemic. For Japan in particular, which has sought to become a "Tourism Nation" and was host for the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games, the consequences have been significant. At the time of this announcement, while Japan has begun to gradually open to overseas tourists, the strict tour group system is a far cry from the experiences of the 34 million who visited in 2019. It therefore seems appropriate that we take this time to reconnect with Japan and explore what tourism in Japan will mean post-COVID-19. We will also consider Japan's cultural heritage, too, and how COVID-19 has affected the heritage industry, exploring the uses and value of heritage in the absence of international tourism. Over the two-week period, we will be joined by world-leading scholars, practitioners, and industry professionals based in Japan.

No prior knowledge of these fields is necessary, and with the variety of topics and interests represented by our speakers, we hope that there is something for specialists and non-specialists alike.

Over two weeks, we will be holding panels with experts based in Tokyo, Kyoto and Fukuoka to discuss "Responding to Tourist Practices", "Heritage Without Tourism" and "Local Heritage, Global Heritage":

OSP_map.pngIn addition to live virtual talks, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in asynchronous activities, join networking sessions, and will be issued a Certificate of Participation on completion of the programme. Participation is free of charge.

Deadline for applications: Thursday 30th June 2022 (Applications now closed.)

For more details, please visit: https://japaninnorwich.org/2022/05/31/tifo-osp-22-applications/

nara-1.pngBased on a research cooperation agreement with Nara Prefecture, the project on the digital archiving and 3D visualization of Taimadera Temple in Nara--a national treasure--has been conducted by the ARC faculty member Prof. Satoshi Tanaka (College of Information Science and Engineering, RU) and his team.

Their research results, along with those of three other universities, will be showcased as part of the special exhibition 'Researching Cultural Heritages' at the Nara Prefecture Historical and Artistic Culture Complex between July 23 and September 19, 2022.

Special exhibition ''Researching Cultural Heritages--Cooperation of Nara Prefecture Historical and Artistic Culture Complex with 4 Universities'

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Date: July 23 (Sat) - September 19 (Mon), 2022

Time: 9 am - 5 pm (entry until 4.30 pm)

Location: Nara Prefecture Historical and Artistic Culture Complex, Exhibition Room (B1 floor)

Entrance fee: Free entry

Organizer: Nara Prefecture Historical and Artistic Culture Complex

Co-organizers: Tenri University; Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University; Nara Prefectural University; Tokyo University of the Arts

>> See official website of the Nara Prefecture Historical and Artistic Culture Complex for details.

IMG_20200713_104329.jpgAbout the Event

The Art Research Center (ARC) and Hoosiers Corporation held the Byobu Matsuri, or Folding Screen Festival--a traditional event related to the Gion Matsuri--at the Nagae Family Residence in Kyoto from July 14-16, 2022.

byobu_1.jpgThe Nagae Family Residence is a tangible cultural property designated by Kyoto City. Under the theme of 'Traveling,' folding screens, picture scrolls, and other artworks selected by students of the College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University, had been showcased at the residence this year.

Date: July 14 - 16, 2022

Venue: Nagae Family Residence, Kyoto

Time: 10:00-19:00 (last admission at 18:30)

*Note: Closed for visitors between 18:00 and 19:00 on July 15 due to a private reservation.

Reservations: Not required

Admission fee: 700 yen (to be used for preservation and repair of the house)

Related website: http://www.nagaeke.jp/

Background

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The Nagae family were merchants of the kimono fabric. Their family residence, which was rebuilt and renovated after a big fire in 1864, served both as a working and living space for many generations.

The ARC has been digital-archiving the collection belonging to the Nagae Family Residence after Ritsumeikan University received it as a donation. Subsequently, the ARC has become involved in planning and managing the Byobu Matsuri held annually at the residence.

Based on an industry-academia collaboration with Hoosiers Corporation, with which Ritsumeikan University concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in May 2015, this activity is to preserve and utilize the Nagae Family Residence for the development and promotion of education and research.

IMG_20200713_104329.jpgAbout the Event

The Art Research Center (ARC) and Hoosiers Corporation will be holding the Byobu Matsuri, or Folding Screen Festival--a traditional custom of the Gion Matsuri--at the Nagae Family Residence in Kyoto from July 14-16, 2022.

byobu_1.jpgThe Nagae Family Residence is a designated tangible cultural property by the City of Kyoto. Under the theme of 'Traveling', folding screens, picture scrolls, and other visual materials selected by students of the College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University, will be showcased at the residence this year.

Date: July 14 - 16, 2022

Venue: Nagae Family Residence, Kyoto

Time: 10:00-19:00 (last admission at 18:30)

*Note: Closed for visitors between 18:00 and 19:00 on July 15 due to a private reservation.

Reservations: Not required

Admission fee: 700 yen (to be used for preservation and repair of the house)

Related website: http://www.nagaeke.jp/

Background

nagae_outer.png

The Nagae family were merchants of the kimono fabric. Their family residence, built between the late Edo period and the Taishō period, served both as a working and living space for many generations.

The ARC has been digital-archiving the collection belonging to the Nagae Family Residence after Ritsumeikan University received it as a donation. Subsequently, the ARC has become involved in planning and managing the Byobu Matsuri held annually at the residence.

This activity is based on an industry-academia collaboration with Hoosiers Corporation, concluded with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in May 2015, to preserve and utilize the Nagae Family Residence for the development and promotion of education and research.

The 105th International ARC Seminar will be held as a Webinar on Wednesday, July 13, from 18:00 JST.

The program is as follows:

Speaker: Yuichi TAKATA (Senior Researcher, Data and Information Section, Department of Planning and Coordination, Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties)

Topic: SORAN and SORAN GIS as an Integrated Platform for Cultural Heritage Information


Date: Wednesday, July 13, 18:00 - 19:30 JST

Participation: online via Zoom, free of charge (no reservation required)

*This Webinar is open to everyone, and non-ARC members are also invited to participate via YouTube.

Background:
Professor Hans Bjarne Thomsen has held the Chair for East Asian Art History at the Institute of Art History, University of Zurich, since 2007. His publications include Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Ernst Grosse Collection (2019). Supported by the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC), Art Research Center, Prof. Thomsen conducted his research project 'Tracing the Reception of Japanese Art in the West: Case Study of Freiburg im Breisgau' in FY 2021, followed by the project 'Tracing the Reception of Japanese Art in the West: The Case of Monte Verità' in FY 2022.

IMG_20220711_152607.jpgProfessor Thomsen, thank you very much for your time today. How did you first connect with the Art Research Center (ARC)?

Prof. Thomsen: I met Professor Akama in Geneva more than a decade ago. Since then, we have embarked on several projects digitizing and cataloging Japanese woodblock prints at the Print Cabinet in Geneva.

Thanks to the efforts of the ARC in digital archiving of these prints, we have held two exhibitions at the Print Cabinet--one on kabuki prints in 2014 and the other on surimono prints that is currently ongoing.

In 2016, the University of Zurich also held a three-day international symposium on katagami in Zurich where several ARC faculty members presented their research.

You are the leader of two ARC-iJAC international joint research projects. 'Tracing the Reception of Japanese Art in the West: Case Study of Freiburg im Breisgau' was conducted in the fiscal year of 2021, while you examine the case of Monte Verità in the current fiscal year. Could you tell us your motivation for these projects?

Prof. Thomsen: There has been a prolonged interest in academia to study Japanese art outside of Japan that goes back to the 1970s. However, the focus has mainly been on meibutsu (名物) and their connections to Japan.

My research interest lies not only in finding and identifying objects that have been traditionally seen as meibutsu but to expand on this. Some Japanese art collections across Germany and Switzerland, such as the collections left behind by Ernst Grosse (1862-1927) and Baron Eduard von der Heydt (1882-1964), have been little explored.

As part of our ARC-iJAC projects, we have been digital archiving and cataloging these artworks as we intend to not only examine their connection and existence within Japanese art history but place them in context of both their Japanese origin and a piece of local Swiss/ German history.

Freiburg.pngIn your ARC-iJAC projects, you also investigate the art collectors and other agents involved in bringing artworks from Japan to Europe. Could you tell us why?

Prof. Thomsen: We hope to get a better understanding of the roles these various pioneers held in spreading public and academic knowledge of Japanese art.

In graduate schools, the students typically look at the most recent texts, whereas older ones are neglected because they are considered 'old history'.

We are inclined to think that there is a sudden burst of light, and we know everything about a subject--but it builds over time. The gradual growth of knowledge on certain subjects tends to be ignored in the West.

Japanese collections had been brought to Europe for particular reasons--the art collectors could have considered them interesting, and perhaps important. The motivations and individual stories of these collectors--two key persons were Ernst Grosse and Baron Eduard von der Heydt--should not be forgotten.

For instance, despite his early influence in East Asian art studies and contributions to the establishment of the Japanese art collections in the West, the role of Ernst Grosse has largely been forgotten. Furthermore, many other people, including middlemen, were involved in the process of knowledge transfer of Japanese art in the West. It was not a simple process.

To 'resurrect' these histories of learning, we should give credit to these pioneers.

Monte Verita.JPGHas there been something particularly fascinating that you found regarding these pioneers?

Prof. Thomsen: For instance, as opposed to Ernst Grosse, von der Heydt had never been to Japan. So, where did he buy his artworks, and how did they arrive there?

Furthermore, von der Heydt gave his East Asian art collection to Museum Rietberg in Zurich. However, some key pieces, including a fine collection of Japanese woodblock prints, never went to Rietberg. Instead, they have remained at his home, a modernist-style Bauhaus building in Monte Verità where they have been largely forgotten and become a part of hotel decoration.

So, what are the pieces he did not give to Museum Rietberg, and what does this tell us about the status of these objects?

We would like to address some of these questions as part of our ARC-iJAC projects, directed toward rediscovering a forgotten history of the reception of Japanese art in the West.

We intend to fully digitize and catalog the collections of Grosse and von der Heydt that have been lost to the public.

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Could you please tell us more about your post-COVID plans?

Prof. Thomsen: I plan to continue working with Japanese art collections here in Europe. In the last fifteen years since joining the University of Zurich, I have had the pleasure working with more than 50 different museums--including museums in Switzerland, Germany, Ukraine, France, and Italy.

Regarding our ARC-iJAC projects, we faced the problem during the pandemic that we could not enter the museums for a long time. Therefore, many of the Japanese artworks Ernst Grosse left behind still remain in cardboard boxes. Once we get permission from the museums, I plan to take higher-quality images of the objects that we can replace and add to our ARC database.

I am excited that there is still an incredible research potential in these art collections in Freiburg and Monte Verità, and I hope to continue the delightful research collaboration with the ARC for many years to come.

(This interview was conducted by Yinzi Emily Li.)

solBP1891-A01_001harf.jpgAs part of its FY 2022 ARC-iJAC project, the Shochiku Otani Library released a digital archive of pre-war theater programs of the Kabuki-za Theater in Tokyo on July 1, 2022.

Based on an agreement between the library and the Art Research Center (ARC), these digitized programs have been integrated into the Shochiku Otani Library's Shibai Banzuke Browsing System (松竹大谷図書館所蔵・芝居番付検索閲覧システム), developed and made available to the public by the ARC.

Shochiku Otani Library <Shibai Banzuke Browsing System>
< https://www.dh-jac.net/db1/ban/search_shochiku.php?enter=shochiku&lang=en >

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In 2020, the library launched a crowdfunding initiative to raise funds for digitizing and preserving approximately 1,180 volumes of pre-war theater programs--also known as sujigaki (筋書)--of the Kabuki-za Theater (歌舞伎座).

With this release, it has been possible to search and browse the Kabuki-za Theater sujigaki programs from the theater's establishment in Meiji 22 (1889) to the pre-war period on the web.

The Shibai Banzuke Portal Database made available by the ARC allows users to simultaneously search not only the ARC's own banzuke collection but also those of the Shochiku Otani Library and other institutions.

Along with the release of the sujigaki of the Kabuki-za held by the Shochiku Otani Library, the pre-war sujigaki of the Imperial Theater in Tokyo (帝国劇場) in the ARC collection are also made available for viewing.

We strive to continue our efforts to facilitate research in Japanese theater studies through digital archives.

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July 8, 2022(Fri)

On July 7, 2022, the Kyoto Shimbun featured an article on the Kyoto News Archive, a digital archiving project led by Professor Keiji Yano (College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University).

The Kyoto News Archive was released in the ARC Virtual Institute on June 24, 2022:
< ARC Virtual Institute: The Kyoto News Archive >

Related article>>

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The Kyoto News Archive was released in the ARC Virtual Institute on June 24, 2022:
< ARC Virtual Institute: The Kyoto News Archive >

Kindly supported by the City of Kyoto and the Kyoto Toy Film Museum, the Commemorative Public Symposium 'The Kyoto News Archive: Lights of the Past Reflecting the Future' was held by the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC), Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University, on July 2, 2022.

Background

In collaboration with the Toy Film Museum in Kyoto, the Art Research Center (ARC) has been building a digital archive of Kyoto News--a series of newsreels produced by Kyoto City between 1956 and 1994 (Showa 31 - Heisei 6).

During that period, the newsreels were shown in movie theaters in Kyoto before the start of the main film. As one of the earliest regional newsreels, they are a valuable historical testimony of Kyoto City. They have recorded a wide range of topics in the city, including seasonal customs and festivals.

As the Kyoto News Archive has partly been completed and opened to the public, the public symposium was held to commemorate the launching of the archive, as well as to report on our research outcomes and discuss the prospects for regional video archives.

Symposium Information

Date: July 2 (Saturday), 2022

Time: 14:00 - 16:30 Japan Standard Time

Topic: The Kyoto News Archive: Lights of the Past Reflecting the Future

Event Venue: Online via Zoom

Organizer:

International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC), Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University

Supported by: Kyoto City and the Toy Film Museum

Inquiries: Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University

E-mail: arc-jimu(at)st.ritsumei.ac.jp (please change "at" to @)

URL: https://www.arc.ritsumei.ac.jp/

(*This event was held in Japanese)

The 103rd International ARC Seminar will be held as a Webinar on Wednesday, June 8, starting at 18:00 JST.

The program is as follows:

Speaker: Chikahiko Suzuki (Associate Professor, Department of Liberal Arts, Gunma Prefectural Women's University)

Topic: "KaoKore" and "edomi" - Examples of using humanities materials based on microcontents method


Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2022 18:00 - 19:30 JST

Participation: online via Zoom, free of charge (no reservation required)

*This Webinar is open to everyone, and non-ARC members are also invited to participate via YouTube.

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