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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.

Guidelines for FY 2020 Joint Research to Utilize the Center's Facilities and Equipment


GUIDELINES

Eligibility

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.

Research period

The date when your research proposal is accepted to the end of the fiscal year


Contact us

E. NAKAMURA, Y. FUKATSU and K.MURAI
Office of the Art Research Center
Research Office at Kinugasa Campus
Ritsumeikan University
E-mail:r-darc (at) st.ritsumei.ac.jp (change "at" to @)

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.

Please enjoy the video and feel free to share it.

The database "RCGS Collection" of the Ritsumeikan Center for Game Studies (RCGS), established in collaboration with the ARC, has been awarded the "2020 Digital Archive Industry Awards (2020デジタルアーカイブ産業賞)".

Our warmest congratulations!

Please click here for details. (in Japanese)

Date : Friday, February 19, 13:00~17:50 (JST) and Saturday, February 20, 13:00~17:50 (JST)
Venue : Online(Zoom, YouTube)

Organised by:International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC) & Support Program for Research Center Formation, Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University


※This event is open to everyone, and non-ARC members are also invited to participate via the following link:
ARC Youtube Channel

Program ※Please note that the program may be subject to change.

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

[イベント情報]
February 13, 2021(Sat)

The Art Research Center (ARC) is pleased to announce that the 10th Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities will be held online (via Zoom) on Saturday, February 13, 2021.

Date and time:

February 13, 2021 (Sat) from 12:50 PM

Participation:

Online (via Zoom)

・Access information will be sent by e-mail to presenters and those who have registered for participation.

・Please note that this event will not be held at the venue.

Organizer:

Facilitators:

The Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities

Ryo AKAMA (Ritsumeikan University), Naoki TAKUBO (Kinki University), Takehiko MURAKAWA (Wakayama University)

Co-organizer:

The Kansai Division of the Art Documentation Society

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.

Japan Art Documentation Society


Method of Registration

Please send an e-mail with your name and affiliation to kacimeeting+2021(at)gmail.com by Wednesday, February 10, 2021. (Please change "(at)" to "@.")

Participation is free of charge.

An online get-together (free of charge) will be held after the research presentations. We would like to make it a place for exchange beyond the boundaries of universities and research fields, so please join us as well.


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

[イベント情報]
February 1, 2021(Mon)

Please note that due to the upgrade of browsers, there is a problem with the display of images when you log in to the database and use non-public images for research. If you are a regular user, you can use the database as usual.

●Windows

・In Microsoft Edge, once you have authenticated to display non-public images, the images will be displayed from the next time and you can use them as before. However, the vertical writing edit function of the reprint window of the Early Japanese Books DB and others cannot be used. The vertical writing can be displayed.

・In Firefox and Chrome, the images in the pages are not displayed even after authentication. You can view the images by clicking on the display mark in the area where the display failed and display the image directly.

●Mac

・In Chrome, once you have authenticated to view non-public images, the images will be displayed and you will be able to use the site as before.

・In Firefox and Safari, even after authentication, the images on the page will not be displayed. If you click on the image that fails to appear, you will be able to view it directly.

We are currently working on a solution to this problem, so we kindly ask you to use the above methods for a while.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

The application for FY 2021 International Joint Research with Research Fund is open until Monday February 1, 2021, 10AM (JST). Successful projects will receive research funds from the ARC-iJAC.

Learn more about the application here.

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Every year in autumn, The Japan Foundation Kyoto Office organizes an event called "An Evening of Noh and Kyogen" to give people an opportunity to experience traditional Japanese culture, inviting international students, Japan Foundation Fellows, and those enrolled at the Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai to join in this event.

This year, however, the outbreak of COVID-19 has resulted in travel restrictions, making it difficult for students and scholars of Japanese Studies abroad to come to Japan.

To minimize the risk of virus transmission, the Japan Foundation Kyoto Office will take a new approach to this year's event in cooperation with the Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University, by filming the productions without an audience and releasing the video to the public free of charge for one year from December 24, 2020, at 14:00.

The program

"An Evening of Noh and Kyogen"

Noh: Kanze School Noh actor KATAYAMA Kuroemon in "Shari (The Bones of Buddha)"

Kyogen: Okura School Kyogen actor SHIGEYAMA Sengoro in "Shimizu (A Servant for Better Working Conditions)"

*Both productions will be presented with English synopsis.

Japan Foundation An Evening of Noh and Kyogen 2020:https://www.jpf.go.jp/e/world/kyoto/2020/12-01.html

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The 10th Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities will be held online on Saturday, February 13, 2021. We are now calling for presenters to join this event.

Application method and deadline:

Please submit your research topic and a research abstract (no more than 200 words) by email to kacimeeting+2021■gmail.com (please change "■" to "@").

The application deadline is Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

Presentation time: About 20 minutes including questions (to be adjusted according to the number of presenters).

*Presentation time and instructions for submitting presentation materials will be sent to the presenters after the deadline.

Participation fee: Free of charge

*Furthermore, a social gathering (held online) is planned after the presentations.

Read more>>

The Noh performance "Ikkaku Sennin" by the Katayama Family Foundation for the Preservation of Noh and Traditional Kyoto Dance is available online as part of the Agency for Cultural Affairs' program to provide cultural and art experiences for school children across Japan. Based on the agreement with the Foundation, the ARC provided technical support in making the video.

The fans of Noh and children who watch Noh for the first time can both enjoy the performance as the video is made child-friendly with the explanations of the story and the scenes shown with furigana (reading aid which indicates kanji pronunciation).

Noh "Ikkaku Sennin (一角仙人)"

Planning and production by the Katayama Family Foundation for the Preservation of Noh and Kyoto Dance, in cooperation with the Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University

Click here to watch the video → https://www.kodomogeijutsu.go.jp/video/traditional/f93.html

Learn more about "Ikkaku Sennin" and Noh performance (in Japanese) → https://www.kodomogeijutsu.go.jp/junkai/dl/program/r02/h93.pdf

Learn more about 令和2年度文化庁「文化芸術による子供育成総合事業−巡回公演事業−」(The Agency for Cultural Affairs' program to provide cultural and art experiences for school children across Japan) (in Japanese) → https://www.kodomogeijutsu.go.jp

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