［イベント情報］March 31, 2021(Wed)
The Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University, has been actively promoting cooperative research between the humanities and cutting-edge information technology, with a strong focus on digital archiving of Japanese cultural properties, both tangible and intangible. The ARC has been selected as an International Joint Usage/Research Center Program by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan, in October 2019.
With the establishment of the Digital Archive Research Center for Japanese Cultural Resources, we are pleased to invite researchers to submit joint research proposals to facilitate research and/or utilization of Japanese cultural resources through their digital archiving and database building.
The research leader of the joint research team should be a faculty member/researcher/curator who belongs to a university or a research institution within and outside Japan.
Note: a graduate student cannot be a leader.
The joint research team as an organization
1. A research team consists of a researcher (its research leader) or researchers (its research leader and co-researchers).
2. While it is recommended that the team include a faculty member of the Art Research Center* as its team member, you can apply without an ARC member, as well. If that is the case, we may assign a member to join the team as its coordinator.
*In this case, the ARC faculty does not include senior researchers, postdoctoral fellows, researchers, and visiting researchers.
3. You can recruit (an) additional member(s) after your proposal is selected. The ARC will assist the recruitment.
The date when your research proposal is accepted to the end of the fiscal year
E. NAKAMURA, Y. FUKATSU and K.MURAI
Office of the Art Research Center
Research Office at Kinugasa Campus
E-mail：r-darc (at) st.ritsumei.ac.jp (change "at" to @)［イベント情報］September 6, 2020(Sun)
The Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University, is pleased to announce that the publication of the 21st volume of its annual research bulletin Art Research is scheduled for mid-March 2021.
This bulletin has the purpose of disseminating the results of the research projects conducted by the ARC to the public. Moreover, as an academic bulletin specialized in arts and culture, it has been attracting many contributors every year.
Since its establishment in 1998, the ARC has been awarded several national grants as a research center of excellence in culture, arts, and information science. Most recently, the ARC has been designated as an International Joint Usage / Research Center by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in October 2019.
We look forward to receiving your research results that meet the criteria below.
【Journal Name】「ART RESEARCH」Vol.21
【Format】A4, horizontal and vertical writing both in two-column sets
【Publication Date】Mid-March 2021（Scheduled）
【Content】Research papers and research notes related to culture, arts, and information science (e.g. research reports, introduction to materials, technical notes). It is particularly desirable if the theme of the research project fits with the research topics of the Art Research Center (ARC).
【Writing Guidelines】 執筆要綱 (PDF: 186KB)
【Applying for Author Registration】
To submit a manuscript, please register as an author first. Kindly send us the following information by e-mail before the deadline. After the screening by the editorial committee, you will be notified whether you have been accepted for the author's registration.
Information to be submitted:
 Name (in Furigana)
 Address for sending proofreading documents
 Phone number
 E-mail address
 Type of manuscript (research paper or research note)
 Title(s) (can be tentative)
 Summary (about 200 words)
Contact: arc-jimu■arc.ritsumei.ac.jp (Attn: Ishimura, Nakamura)
Please change "■" to "@" in the e-mail. Please state「9/6執筆者登録応募」in the subject line.
Application Deadline: September 6, 2020 (Sunday), 24:00
※Please note that applications after the deadline are not accepted.
※Please contact the Art Research Center secretariat if you have any difficulty in submitting by e-mail.
※We will not use your personal information outside of editorial purposes for the "Art Research"-publication.
Sunday, September 6, 2020: Deadline for applying for author registration
Tuesday, 15 September: Notification of author registration
Tuesday, November 3: Deadline for submission of the manuscript
※After review of the manuscript by two reviewers, the editorial board will decide whether or not to publish it.
The publication is scheduled for mid-March 2020.
If you would like to receive back issues of the journal, please contact the Art Research Center. Those who wish to have them mailed to will be asked to pay for the postage. Thank you in advance for your understanding.
The Art Research Center secretariat (Attn: Ishimura, Nakamura)
[TEL] 075-466-3411 (ext. 511-2931)
[FAX] 075-466-3415 (ext. 511-2935)
Please change "■" to "@" in your email. Please state 「紀要問い合わせ」in the subject line.［イベント情報］August 1, 2020(Sat)
The ARC Day, an annual event where the faculty members of the Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University, take turns to introduce their research projects for the new fiscal year in brief presentations, took place on Saturday, August 1, 2020.
To prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, this event was held online via Zoom and broadcasted live on YouTube.
For the first time on the ARC Day, four collaborative research projects had been presented which share a common theme「"遊び": アート・エンターテインメント研究」 ("Play": Art Entertainment). The purpose of these collaborative projects is to develop research activities that further integrate humanities and sciences to create new future directions for the ARC while fostering and supporting young researchers and graduate students, who are working jointly on these projects.
To stimulate these young researchers and graduate students in their research endeavors, they also actively participated in the ARC Day as discussants in the Q&A sessions that followed the research presentations.
Program of the ARC Day 2020
The handouts with red icons are protected with passwords. If you wish to download any of them, please email us at r-darc(at)st.ritsumei.ac.jp (Please change "at" to @.)［イベント情報］August 1, 2020(Sat)
Date & Time：Saturday, August 1st, 2020 14:00～17:10 (JST）
Location: Web Event (via ZOOM, Youtube and Twitter)
The handouts with red icons are protected with passwords. If you wish to download any of them, please email us at r-darc(at)st.ritsumei.ac.jp (Please change "at" to @.)［イベント情報］July 31, 2020(Fri)
Due to the spread of the new coronavirus, the Gion Festival in Kyoto, one of the biggest and most important festivals in Japan celebrated for more than 1,100 years, will take place on a much smaller scale this year as the grand Yamahoko Junkō parade and other related events have been canceled.
Despite this situation, to provide an opportunity to learn about and experience the Gion Festival, the Art Research Center's International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC) at Ritsumeikan University, in cooperation with the College of Letters, will be launching "The Gion Festival Digital Museum: The Past, Present, and Future of the Gion Festival" from July 1 - July 31, 2020, on its website.
The Gion Festival, which usually takes place in Kyoto in the same month, is widely known in Japan and abroad as one of the three major Japanese festivals. The Art Research Center (ARC) provides an online platform where its research results on the festival so far are published so that people around the world, who are interested in Japanese culture, can deepen their understanding of the Gion Festival by virtually experiencing it.
On the ARC's website, 2D and 3D maps of the Gion Festival and videos of a virtual Yamahoko Junkō, the magnificent procession of decorated floats and the crowning event of the festival, will be made available. Besides, one can discover the three-dimensional, see-through visualization model of the Hachiman-yama float, one of the festival floats, with new perspectives otherwise invisible to the human eye. Furthermore, the Byobu Matsuri, or Folding Screen Festival, at the Nagae Family Residence, a Kyo-machiya designated a cultural property by the city of Kyoto, will be exhibited in the virtual space.
By digitally archiving traditional events such as the Gion Festival and making them accessible to the broad public, the ARC is dedicated to research, analyze, record, organize, preserve and disseminate the tangibles as well as intangibles of Japanese cultural and historical heritage to retain their significance for future generations.
Access to The Gion Festival Digital Museum (available from July 1, 2020)
July 1 (Wed), 2020: The Gion Festival Digital Museum 2020 opens to the public (new content to be continuously added after its launch)
July 19 (Sun), 2020: Web event will be held at the Nagae Family Residence (details to be announced on the website later)［イベント情報］July 22, 2020(Wed)
The 73rd International ARC Seminar will be held as a Webinar next week on Wednesday, July 22, starting at 18:00 JST.
The program is as follows:
"Digitizing Borobudur: A Perspective on Technological Co-Production" (in English)
Speaker: Dr. Fadjar I. THUFAIL (Senior Researcher, Research Center for Area Studies, Indonesian Institute of Sciences)
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Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 18:00 - 19:30 JST
Participation: online, free of charge (no reservation required)
*This Webinar is open to everyone, and non-ARC members are also invited to participate. Please access the Webinar via the following link:［イベント情報］July 19, 2020(Sun)
Live Web Event: Round Table at the Nagae Family Residence on Sunday, July 19, 2020 (in Japanese)
Topic: Effectivity and Possibility of Digital Archives for Local Communities from a Digital Humanities Point of View
Organizer: Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University (Executive Committee of The Gion Festival Digital Museum 2020)
Background: The Nagae Family Residence is a Kyo-machiya - a traditional wooden townhouse - and has been designated a tangible cultural property by Kyoto city which sought to restore the interior to how it looked when the building was constructed 150 years ago. The Nagae family used to be merchants of the Kimono fabric. After Ritsumeikan University was donated a collection of items belonging to the Nagae Family Residence, the Art Research Center (ARC) began to digitally archive this collection and became involved in the planning and managing of the Byobu Matsuri (folding screen festival) held at the Nagae Family Residence during the Gion Festival.
Event Schedule (to be confirmed)
15:00 Welcome speech
Keiji Yano (Professor, College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University)
15:05 Part 1 - Introduction of The Gion Festival Digital Museum 2020 and explanation of its contents
Hirotaka Sato (Assistant Professor, College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University), student of the Kyoto Studies Fieldwork Group IV
15:45 Part 2 - Exchange of opinions
Moderator: Keiji Yano
Kenji Tsuji (President, Gion Festival Fune-hoko Preservation Association)
Masao Goto (Former President, Hachiman-yama Preservation Association)
Yoshie Takagi (Curator, Nagae Family Residence Project)
16:15 Question & Answer session
16:30 End of the event［イベント情報］July 15, 2020(Wed)Summer Newsletter 2020With the establishment of the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC) last year, the Art Research Center strives to push internationalization of research activities that transcends disciplines and geographic boundaries.Warm greetings from Ritsumeikan University's Kinugasa Campus in Kyoto:NEWSImportant Notice: Temporary Closure of the Art Research Center for Visitors effective from April 8, 2020.In order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, the Art Research Center has been closed for visitors since April 8.The Art Research Center (ARC) launches The Gion Festival Digital Museum 2020: The Past, Present, and Future of the Gion FestivalOn July 1, 2020, The Gion Festival Digital Museum 2020: The Past, Present, and Future of the Gion Festival has been launched.
Due to the coronavirus, the Gion Festival in Kyoto, celebrated for more than 1,100 years, is taking place on a much smaller scale this year. To provide an opportunity to learn about this festival despite the situation, the ARC has published its research online so people around the world can virtually experience this festival.
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go to The Gion Festival Digital Museum 2020 >>In this context, the ARC is holding a web round table from the Nagae Family Residence on July 19, 2020 at 15:00 JST. Topic: Effectivity and Possibility of Digital Archives for Local Communities from a Digital Humanities Point of View. read more>>The ARC-iJAC co-hosted the 2020 Annual Conference of the Japan Art Documentation Society (JADS) on June 27 and 28As part of this year's conference, held online due to the coronavirus, the ARC-iJAC hosted a symposium on 「芸術文化資源デジタル・アーカイブの国際的共同利用 -- オンライン環境での知的生産システムとそのツール」 (The International Joint Usage of Digital Archives for Arts and Cultural Resources: Intelligent Production Systems and their Tools in an Online Environment).In supporting the activities of the Japan Art Documentation Society (JADS), the ARC-iJAC aims to contribute to the establishment of an online knowledge cycle for arts and cultural resources.An Interview with Prof. Koichi Hosoi, Director of the ARCProf. Hosoi talks about recent updates in digital game research at Ritsumeikan, since having successfully expanded the "Game Archive"-project over the last two decades. Furthermore, he explains the internationalization efforts of the ARC-iJAC and the importance of virtual education and gamification in light of the pandemic. read more >>The ARC-iJAC welcomed Prof. Dr. Michael Kinski (Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany) as a guest speaker for the 71st International ARC SeminarProf. Dr. Kinski is a specialist in Japanese Studies at the Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany and gave a presentation on "ドイツにおけるデジタル・ヒューマニティーズ。日本学を例として (Digital Humanities in Germany. Japanese Studies and Beyond)".Download seminar handout (free) >>
We would like to express our sincere thanks to Prof. Dr. Kinski for being our guest speaker.Now open to accept author registrations for the bulletin Art Research, Vol. 21The 21st volume of the ARC's annual bulletin Art Research is scheduled for publication in mid-March 2021.
We are now accepting applications to register as an author to contribute to this bulletin. read more >>
Upcoming EventsSunday, July 19, 2020 15:00-16:30 (scheduled)
The Gion Festival Digital Museum Round Table
Live from the Nagae Family Residence
"Effectivity and Possibility of Digital Archives for Local Communities from a Digital Humanities Point of View"
Click here for the event schedule>>Wednesday, July 22, 2020 18:00-19:30
73rd International ARC Seminar (Webinar)
"Digitizing Borobudur: A Perspective on Technological Co-Production"Speaker: Fadjar I. Thufail (Senior Researcher, Research Center for Area Studies, Indonesian Institute of Sciences)Access link to be announced on the website
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The 72nd International ARC Seminar will be held as a Webinar next week on Wednesday, July 8, starting at 18:00 JST.
The program is as follows:
1. "Audience Participation Games for Promoting Ukiyo-e" (in English)
Speaker: Pujana PALIYAWAN (Senior Researcher, Research Organization of Science and Technology, Ritsumeikan University)
2. "口絵デジタルアーカイブ構築によってみえてきた課題 (Issues Revealed by Constructing the Kuchi-e Digital Archive)" (in Japanese)
Speaker: Kana TSUNEKI (Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts (Humanities), National Institute of Technology, Kurume College / Ph.D. Candidate, Digital Humanities for Arts and Cultures, Graduate School of Letters, Ritsumeikan University)
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Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2020 18:00 - 19:30 JST
Participation: online, free of charge (no reservation required)
*This Webinar is open to everyone, and non-ARC members are also invited to participate. Please access the Webinar via the following link:［イベント情報］ARC-iJAC co-hosted the 2020 Annual Conference of the Japan Art Documentation Society (JADS) on June 27 and 28June 29, 2020(Mon)
The Annual Conference of the Japan Art Documentation Society (JADS), hosted by the Japan Art Documentation Society (JADS) in cooperation with the MEXT International Joint Usage / Research Center International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC), Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University, took place on June 27 (Sat) and 28 (Sun), 2020.
To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the event was held online for the first time this year and more than 130 members and non-members of the JADS participated.
As part of this year's annual conference, a symposium on 「芸術文化資源デジタル・アーカイブの国際的共同利用 -- オンライン環境での知的生産システムとそのツール」 (The International Joint Usage of Digital Archives for Arts and Cultural Resources -- Intelligent Production Systems and their Tools in an Online Environment) was held.
The symposium began with a welcome speech by Prof. Koichi Hosoi, Director of the Art Research Center (ARC), who introduced the international research activities of the ARC-iJAC in the field of digital humanities.
Following his opening remarks, three presenters proposed activities and tools for the next generation of digital research environments in light of the role of digital archives until now which only had a focus on reference information. In this context, they discussed ways and future directions to construct an online knowledge cycle for arts and cultural resources.
Among these three speakers, Mitsuhiro Tsuda, a researcher at the Art Research Center, publicly presented the concept and utilization of the ARC Research Space and ARC Database for the first time and explained their role in effectively building relationships between digital resources and intellectual activities.
In supporting the activities of the Japan Art Documentation Society (JADS), the ARC-iJAC aims to contribute to the establishment of such an online knowledge cycle which may enable researchers, curators and librarians not only to "browse" information, but also archive the "relationships" between these resources and produce new knowledge by "editing" and "re-archiving" them in the future.