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On November 21 (Mon), 2022, Professor Adam Habib, the Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, visited Ritsumeikan University to meet with Professor Yoshio Nakatani, President of Ritsumeikan University. SOAS is a world-leading institution for the study of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

Accompanied by Professor Nana Sato-Rossberg, Chair of the SOAS Centre of Translation Studies and an alumna of Ritsumeikan University's Graduate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences, and Kanina Foss, Chief of Staff, Professor Habib visited the Art Research Center (ARC) as part of this trip where he met with Professor Ryo Akama, Director of the ARC.

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After Professor Akama introduced the international joint research projects of the ARC in digital humanities, including digital archiving projects in collaboration with the British Museum (BM) and faculty members of SOAS, the two of them discussed the possibility of establishing a partnership in digital humanities with a focus on digital archiving the Japanese collection held by SOAS.

Furthermore, Professor Habib was keen on exploring opportunities for future collaboration in video game research, in particular, gaming with a social justice element.

During the meeting at the ARC, Professor Habib praised the center's efforts in digital humanities research and in serving as an international hub for joint research in the digital archiving of Japanese art and culture as he expressed the aspiration of SOAS to serve as a bridge for different, transnational knowledge systems.

The 111th International ARC Seminar will be held as a Webinar on Wednesday, December 7, from 18:00 JST.

The program is as follows:

1. Session

Speakers: Fadjar I. Thufail, Ph.D. (Director, Research Center for Area Studies (PRW), National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN))

Upik Sarjiati, MPP (Researcher, Research Center for Area Studies (PRW) National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN))

Topic: 'Assembling Borobudur as a World Heritage: An Actor-Network Approach'

2. Session

Speaker: Bramantara, ST. MA. (Borobudur Conservation Office)

Topic: 'Reshaping the Past: The Use of 3D Technology for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage in Indonesia'


Date: Wednesday, December 7, 18:00 - 19:30 JST

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

The interactive workshop 'Sustainable Geodesign of Downtown Alexandria: Egypt Vision 2030' will be co-organized by the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC), Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University.

Venue: Library Theatre, Fayza Abulnaga Central Library, E-JUST, Burg al-Arab, Alexandria
Day 1: Tuesday, 29th Nov., 2022 (09:00 - 16:00 EET Cairo / 16:00 - 23:00 JST)
Day 2: Wednesday, 30th Nov., 2022 (09:00 - 16:00 EET Cairo / 16:00 - 23:00 JST)

For inquiries, please contact: r-darc@st.ritsumei.ac.jp.

Click here for the agenda. ⇊

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

Training Course to Decipher Japanese Cursive Script (Kuzushiji) with the ARC Transcription Support and Archiving System

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We are pleased to announce that the Training Course for the ARC Transcription Support and Archiving System for Japanese Cursive Script (kuzushiji) with tutor guidance, which was well received last year, will be resumed.

This training course will be conducted online using the ARC databases of early Japanese books, ukiyo-e and old documents, as well as the ARC Kuzushiji Transcription Support and Archiving System, allowing participants to practice reading kuzushiji anytime, anywhere, and at their own pace. Features include an AI-enabled function to read kuzushiji and online guidance provided by experienced tutors.

Unlike one-off courses, you can advance your transcription skills as you read through the books and materials independently.

We welcome applications from beginners and intermediate-level participants, as well as those who wish to improve specific transcription projects.

Participation is free of charge.

This training course is supported by the Consortium for Global Japanese Studies.

If you would like to participate, please apply using the form below.

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Application form Application is closed

Deadline: November 22 (Tues), 2022, 12:00 JST

[Details of the Training Course]

Period: December 1, 2022, to March 15, 2023

Language of Instruction: Japanese

Target:

1. Beginners to intermediate level users who would like to transcribe documents written in kuzushiji (capacity: 25 people)

2. Individuals and groups who would like to improve their own projects using the ARC Kuzushiji Transcription Support and Archiving System (individual correction is not provided, but consultation for difficult-to-read characters is available. Capacity: 5 people)

[Schedule]

11/25 Notice of acceptance (tentative)

11/30 Kick-off seminar at 20:00 Japan Standard Time (online/ video on demand available)

  • Keynote speaker: Motoi KATSUMATA (Associate Professor, Meisei University, Tokyo)
  • Explanation of the course outline and system, introduction of tutors, etc.

12/4 1st System training session (online)

  • Session A (from 9:00 JST), Session B (from 20:00 JST)

* We plan to hold several system training sessions during this period.

The closing meeting will be held in late March 2023.


Inquiries:

Office of the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC)

Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University

Contact persons: Sekiguchi, Emily, Kubo

E-mail: r-darc@st.ritsumei.ac.jp

Tel.: +81 75-465-8476 (ext. 2825)

DSC06255_1.jpgOn November 4, 2022, the Art Research Center (ARC) welcomed the research project team of J-InnovaTech--led by Prof. Aleksandra Kobiljski--to an international workshop hosted by the FY 2022 ARC-iJAC international joint research project 'A Digital Archive Connecting Modern Design and Industry: Towards a New History of Machine Textile Printing in Modern Kyoto' (project leader: Aya Ueda).

Prof. Kobiljski is a researcher affiliated with the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and director of the Centre de recherches sur le Japon at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) as well as deputy director of the UMR Chine-Corée-Japon (CCJ-EHESS).

Currently, she is conducting the J-InnovaTech project 'Beyond Eureka: The Foundations of Japan's Industrialization, 1800-1885', which was awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant in 2018.

The international workshop was chaired by Prof. Keiko Suzuki, Deputy Director of the Art Research Center (ARC). During the workshop, researchers from both sides exchanged opinions on the history of the textile industry in Kyoto in the 19th century and discussed future research cooperation.


Event information

Date: November 4 (Fri), 15:20-19:00 

Place: Soshikan SO405, Kinugasa Campus, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto

Organizer: International joint research project 'A Digital Archive Connecting Modern Design and Industry: Towards a New History of Machine Textile Printing in Modern Kyoto' (「新しい近代京都機械捺染史構築に向けて―近代デザインと産業史をむすぶデジタル・アーカイブを一助として―」), adopted by the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC)/ Project leader: Aya Ueda (Part-time Lecturer, Kwansei Gakuin University and Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts)

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

Please note that this was a non-public event.

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October 31, 2022(Mon)

With the establishment of the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC) in 2019, the Art Research Center strives to push the internationalization of research activities that transcend disciplines and geographic boundaries.

NEWS

The ARC received the Digital Archive Japan Award (DAJ) 2022 on Aug.25
The ARC is enormously honored to be one of the first recipients of the Digital Archive Japan Award (DAJ).
The DAJ is an award system newly established by Japan Search, a platform operated by the National Diet Library, for aggregating metadata of digital resources.
Regarding this award, Prof. Ryo Akama, Director of the ARC, expressed:
"The ARC faculty would like to take this award as an opportunity to further respond to the needs of users worldwide by disseminating information on cultural resources in Japan which go beyond areas such as ukiyo-e, early Japanese books, and banzuke-related contents."
As a curator at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Sports Museum, Murakami is leading a joint research project with the ARC on digital-archiving the extensive collection of sports materials of the museum in cooperation with the ARC.
She also reflects on her internship experience at UC Berkeley, facilitated by the ARC, while she was a graduate student at Ritsumeikan University. >>Read full interview.
Prof. Hosoi took on a pioneering role when he founded the Game Archive Project (GAP)--a collaboration between Nintendo, Kyoto Prefecture, and Ritsumeikan University.
In the interview, Prof. Hosoi reflects on the early days of his game research and discusses the social impact of games, the acceleration of the metaverse amid COVID-19, and future directions for game research.
On August 21, 2022, ARC faculty member Prof. Satoshi Tanaka (College of Information Science and Engineering, RU) presented the research outcomes of his project on the ultra-high-quality see-through 3D visualization of Taimadera Temple at a roundtable event, held as part of its special exhibition 'Researching Cultural Heritages' at the Nara Prefecture Historical and Artistic Culture Complex. >>Read more.
Mikiharu Takeuchi took home top honors at the award ceremony for the 11th Young Scholar Award sponsored by ESRI, a major geographic information system (GIS) software company based in the US.
Takeuchi is a doctoral student at the Graduate School of Letters and is supervised by Prof. Keiji Yano, Deputy Director of the ARC. >>Read more.
[Video available] Prof. Koichi Hosoi & Prof. Keiji Yano Presented Research Activities at the WEB 3.0/ Metaverse Study Meeting
The WEB 3.0/ Metaverse Study Meeting was held by Kyoto Chiesangyo Sozonomori on August 29, 2022.
Prof. Hosoi (College of Image Arts and Sciences, RU) held a keynote speech on the next-generation internet world as seen through the XR/ metaverse. Prof. Yano (College of Letters, RU) presented his research with the case study on the construction of Virtual Kyoto using GIS. >> Watch full video.
Upcoming Events
November 16 (Wed), 2022, 18:00-19:30
110th International ARC Seminar
Speaker: Dr. Ellis TINIOS (Honorary Lecturer in History, School of History, University of Leeds, UK)
Topic: 'After native drawings': the books that introduced nishiki-e and ehon to Western audiences: Narrative of the Earl of Elgin's Mission to China and Japan (1859) and Japanese Fragments (1861).
November 19 (Sat) - December 19 (Mon)
Special Exhibition
Kamigata no Chūshingura Ukiyo-e
Ako City Museum of History
(co-organized by Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University)

Details: http://www.ako-rekishi.jp/guide-planning/

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220930-1235-2.jpgMikiharu Takeuchi, a doctoral student in the Graduate School of Letters supervised by ARC Deputy Director Prof. Keiji Yano, took home top honors at the award ceremony for the 11th Young Scholar Award sponsored by ESRI, a major geographic information system (GIS) software company based in the United States.

ESRI gives out these awards annually to recognize young researchers from around the world who are conducting outstanding research using GIS. Takeuchi was invited to attend the award ceremony and the 42nd Esri User Conference, both of which were held in San Diego, California on July 13.

Takeuchi has been conducting in-depth research on archaeological heritage management using geospatial information at the Art Research Center and Research Center for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage. He received this award in recognition of his research in which he used GIS to analyze and disseminate information on the spatial distribution of excavation sites at the Heian-kyo site located in Kyoto City.

Comment from Mikiharu Takeuchi (Doctoral student, Graduate School of Letters):

220930-1235-1.jpgI was honored to receive this prestigious award and be invited to participate in the ESRI End User Conference, which is the largest GIS event in the world. The keynote speeches and corporate exhibits in the huge venue were highly stimulating, as was the chance to meet and interact with award winners and researchers from all over the world.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to everyone at ESRI Japan for affording me this invaluable experience. I would also like to thank all the people who have helped me along the way, including the professors and students at Tokushima University and Ritsumeikan University, where I studied GIS, and all those who were involved in my research center projects.

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A special feature on the 10th anniversary of the Ritsumeikan Center for Games Studies (RCGS) has been published in Ritsumeikan University's Research Report 'RADIANT', issue #18.

As part of the report, Professor Koichi Hosoi, Deputy Director of the Art Research Center (ARC), gave an interview reflecting on the early days of his game research around 15 years before the RCGS was established, as well as discussing the social impact of games, the acceleration of the metaverse amid COVID-19, and future directions for game research.

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Professor Hosoi took on a pioneering role when he founded the Game Archive Project (GAP)--a collaboration between Kyoto Prefecture, Nintendo, and Ritsumeikan University--at a time when few people at university were interested in games as an industry. The purpose of the GAP was to organize and digital-archive games and game-related materials of the past, and the project paved the way for the establishment of the RCGS.

Furthermore, Professor Hosoi draws on the significant role of the late Professor Masayuki Uemura, the lead architect of Nintendo's Family Computer and Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Professor Uemura, appointed to Ritsumeikan University in 2004, not only served as the first director of the RCGS in 2011 but also led research projects on Japanese traditional performing arts at the ARC, including a digital archive of Noh chants called 'yokyoku' that led to the creation of digital games.

>> Read full article on the RADIANT-website (in Japanese).

Related links:

1. In Memoriam of Professor Masayuki Uemura (1943-2021)

2. An Interview with Prof. Koichi Hosoi on Digital Game Research, Internationalization and Virtual Education (in English; published in the ARC Summer Newsletter, July 15, 2020)

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September 21, 2022(Wed)

The ARC Days were held on Sep 16 (Fri) & 17 (Sat), 2022. It is an annual event where the faculty members of the Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University, and international collaborative researchers whose projects have been adopted by the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC) introduce their research projects in Digital Humanities (DH) in individual presentations.

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

Organizer: International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC), Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University and Program for Supporting Research Center Formation, Ritsumeikan University

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日本学術会議近畿地区会議学術講演会「総合知をはぐくむ学び」

The Science Council of Japan Kinki District Conference Lecture on 'Learning that fosters Comprehensive Knowledge' will be held under the general chairmanship of Professor Keiji Yano (Faculty of Letters), Deputy Director of the Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University.

Date: September 19 (Mon), 2022, 13:00-17:00 JST
Venue: Kyoto University Clock Tower Centennial Hall , Sakyo-ku, Kyoto (online and face-to-face)

Anyone is welcome to participate (advance registration required).

Registration deadline: September 14 (Wed), 2022

For the registration and details, please refer to 日本学術会議近畿地区会議学術講演会「総合知をはぐくむ学び」.

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