［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 14, 2020(Fri)
Please note that the server computer will be temporally stopped between 17:00 on August 14, 2020 and 10:00 on August 16, 2020 for blackout.
During the blackout period, you are unable to use the following services.
●Art Research Center website, including blog articles and tablet type
We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.［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 20, 2020(Mon)
The special exhibition "KIMONO: Fashion Identities", which is being held at the Tokyo National Museum, was featured on an NHK Educational TV program "Nichiyo Bijyutsukan (Sunday Gallery) Art Scene" on July 19. The program is available for streaming from the following link until 9:59 A.M. on 26 July (NHK plus ID is required).
The program featured "Karuta asobi zu", a painting from the ARC's Fujii Eikan Bunko Collection, as a fine example of paintings which depict the popular kimono patterns from the early-17th century. We can also see the colorful kimonos coordinated by Natsuko Takasu, an ARC's Visiting Collaborative Researcher, at the end of the special feature.
The exhibition will also be featured in "niconico Art Museum", and there will a live streaming gallery talk with Dr. Oyama, Senior Manager of Decorative Arts, Tokyo National Museum, from 18:00 on July 21. The streaming will available from the following link (niconico user registration is required)
This week is the last chance to see "Karuta asobi zu" at the Tokyo National Museum, so why not make an advanced reservation, take measures against COVID-19, and visit the exhibition during this long weekend?
"KIMONO: Fashion Identities" website
News article on "KIMONO: Fashion Identities"［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 3, 2020(Fri)
This exhibition traces the kimono, one of Japan's most iconic symbols, from its inception some eight hundred years ago to its role today as a symbol of Japanese culture and is the largest kimono exhibition in the history of the museum.
"Karuta asobi zu", a painting from the ARC's Fujii Eikan Bunko Collection, is exhibited during the first half of the exhibition (June 30 - July 26). This is a great opportunity to see the painting in real life. ("Karuta asobi zu" in the ARC Database: https://www.dh-jac.net/db1/resource/eik3-1-04/eikan/）
Moreover, Natsuko Takasu, one of the ARC's Visiting Collaborative Researchers, has contributed to the exhibition. Her contribution includes writing a column in the exhibition catalog, creating the Taisho-Meiji era style kimono coordinates and coordinating overseas collectors' kimono, and providing some decorative items for display. The coordinated kimono styles, matched with accessories such as han-eri, obi, and obi-dome, make up a beautiful art form.
KIMONO: Fashion Identities
Period: June 30-August 23, 2020 (closed on Mondays (except for August 10) and August 11)
（First half: June 30-July 26/Second half: July 28-August 23）
Venue: Heiseikan, Tokyo National Museum (Ueno Park)
Admission: Adults 1700 yen, University students 1200 yen, High school students 900 yen
*Please note that all tickets will be timed-entry tickets (timed tickets) and shall be purchased online in advance. Museum members and other visitors eligible for free admission shall also make advanced reservations online.
[Organizers] Tokyo National Museum, The Asahi Shimbun, TV Asahi Corporation, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan Arts Council
[Sponsors] Takara Leben Co., Ltd., Takenaka Corporation, Toppan Printing Co., Ltd., Toyota Motor Corporation
[Support] Kobe Fashion Museum
(Photo credit: Natsuko Takasu)［イベント情報］June 27, 2020(Sat)
The MEXT International Joint Usage / Research Center「International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC) 」, Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University, will be co-hosting the 2020 Annual Conference of the Japan Art Documentation Society (JADS) on June 27 (Sat) and June 28 (Sun), 2020.
On the first day, a symposium with the topic 「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 (International Joint Usage of Digital Archives for Arts and Cultural Resources -- Intelligent Production Systems and their Tools in an Online Environment)」 will be held where ARC members will be giving lectures and presenting the "ARC Research Space", amongst others.
For a detailed program, please click here (in Japanese).
June 27 (Sat) and June 28 (Sun), 2020
June 27, 13:00 - 17:00 (Reception from 12:00)
June 28, 13:30 - 16:05 (Reception for Research Presentation from 12:30)
■ Participation Method:
This event will be held online.
Details on how to participate will be announced later.
■ Fees for Participation & Materials:
Free of charge for JADS members and non-members (both days).
*A PFD version of the manuscript will be distributed online in advance.
Please register to participate in the event via this application form (https://forms.gle/uDVHoecvArnV3BpJ7).
*Limited capacity of 200 people; registration deadline is June 22nd, 2020.
For inquiries, please contact: The Organizing Committee for the 2020 Annual Conference of the Japan Art Documentation Society
jads_conf2020■googlegroups.com (please replace "■" with "@")［イベント情報］April 10, 2020(Fri)
On February 25, 2020, Ritsumeikan University and the University of California, Berkeley ("UC Berkeley") held an event commemorating the conclusion of signing a research cooperation agreement.
This follows after the Art Research Center ("ARC") at Ritsumeikan University, one of the pioneers in digital humanities, was designated as the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC) by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in October last year. With such recognition, the ARC strives to push internationalization of research activities that transcends disciplines and geographic boundaries.
For almost 15 years, a research team of the ARC, led by Prof. Ryo Akama (College of Letters), has been steadily expanding their partnership with the UC Berkeley in the field of digital archiving. The collaboration began when the ARC digitized a collection of sugoroku, Japanese board game sheets, for the UC Berkeley's C.V. Starr East Asian Library (EAL) which boasts one of the world's largest collections of Japanese cultural resources. Subsequent joint projects also include the creation of digital archives of old and rare books, copperplate prints and Kadenshū manuscripts, amongst others.
Since adopting the ARC model of digital archiving based on the three pillars of (1) database creation, (2) its publication, and (3) utilization of digital resources, the EAL has been able to speed up digitization and dissemination of its research resources. Furthermore, this collaboration has enabled the ARC to share Berkeley's famous collections as its portal databases. Through this, the ARC aims to facilitate the establishment of a sustainable "digital ecosystem" wherein researchers can create their own databases from the ARC's portal databases and publish research which in turn may serve as a basis for new research endeavors around the world.
In recent years, both universities have expanded their collaboration from database creation to student exchange activities to promote research and knowledge exchange. Moreover, Prof. Akama recently held a workshop at the UC Berkeley on his latest research about "An Online Education System for Transcribing Japanese Cursive Texts from the Edo Period with AI Assistance".
As the cooperation agreement with the UC Berkeley is a comprehensive one with no restrictions on research fields, Ritsumeikan University highly hopes to advance joint research in fields well beyond digital archiving as well.
The commemoration ceremony held at the UC Berkeley was attended by Ritsumeikan University's Vice Chancellor Yoko Matsubara, the ARC's Director and Deputy Directors, Prof. Koichi Hosoi (College of Image Arts and Sciences), Prof. Akama, Prof. Keiji Yano (College of Letters) and Prof. Keiko Suzuki (Kinugasa Research Organization). Meanwhile, the UC Berkeley was represented by the Chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, the Director of the Center for Japanese Studies, and the Director of the Center for East Asian Studies, amongst others.
Prof. Akama and other ARC delegates are hopeful that the conclusion of the collaboration agreement with the UC Berkeley would open doors to other future partnerships with US universities that have displayed an interest in digital archiving.
■ Photos: Ritsumeikan faculty chat with UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor; presentations at UC Berkeley's C.V. Starr East Asian Library; meeting with the Director of the Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), UC Berkeley
UC Berkeley (English)［イベント情報］April 8, 2020(Wed)
Please kindly be informed that in order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, the Art Research Center has been closed since April 8.
During this period of time, we will unfortunately not be able to respond to your visit to the Art Research Center.
For urgent inquiries, please feel free to send us an e-mail to arc-jimu(at)arc.ritsumei.ac.jp.
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Closing period of the Art Research Center
From April 8, 2020 (Wednesday)
* Only internal staff can enter the ARC building.