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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"


Gion Festival Digital Museum 2020

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)

Date & Time: Sunday, July 19, 2020 / 15:00 - 16:30 JST live from the Nagae Family Residence via Youtube >>

Language: Japanese

nagae_outer.pngBackground: 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)

Hirotaka Sato

16:15 Question & Answer session

16:30 End of the event

Access here >>

July 3, 2020(Fri)

A special exhibition "KIMONO: Fashion Identities", which the Art Research Center (ARC) has contributed to, is now open at the Tokyo National Museum.

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.

eik3-1-04.jpg"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:

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.

DSC_7100.jpgPlease note that all visitors are required to make online reservations in advance due to social distancing.

[General Information]

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)

Hours: 9:30-18:00

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)

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).

■ Date:

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.

■ Registration:

Please register to participate in the event via this application form (

*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

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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.

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■ 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)

Please kindly be informed that in order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, the Art Research Center will be closed from April 19.

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)

(please change at to @)

Closing period of the Art Research Center

From April 19, 2021 (Monday)

* Only internal staff can enter the ARC building.

April 7, 2020(Tue)

With the establishment of the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC) last year, the Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University, is pleased to announce the International Joint Research Projects of the fiscal year of 2020 as follows.

International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC)
Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University 
List of FY 2020 International Joint Research Projects

A. International Fixed Theme Project
Project Name Affiliation of Research Leader Name of Research Leader
A1 Digital Archive Project of Japanese Arts in the Collection of Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad, India Associate Professor, Dept. of Apparel and Space Design, Kyoto Women's University Shinya MAEZAKI
A2 Making WEB Union Catalogue of the Japanese arts in Europe and North America. and the application Associate Curator, Metropolitan Museum Monika BINCSIK
A3 Digital Archiving of Indonesian Cultural Heritage and Development of 4D High-Definition Visualization Contents Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) Fadjar I. Thufail
B.International Open Theme Projects
B1 Using Digital Archives to Create a Research Network of Japanese Cultural Resources in the UK and Utilizing Digital Resources for Japanese Studies Senior Digital Humanities Officer, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (SISJAC) Ryoko MATSUBA
B2 Edo Period Map goes Digital
The O Edo ezu as an Interactive Resource
Professor, Japanese Studies, Frankfurt University Michael KINSKI
B3 Cultural salons and the visual arts in Kyoto and Osaka, 1750-1900: Digitizing Kamigata surimono and paintings Emeritus Professor, SOAS University of London Andrew GERSTLE
C.Open Theme Projects
C1 A Study on Regional Learning Support System for the Changes of Townscape of Kyoto Visiting Researcher, Osaka University Akira TAKAHASHI
C2 Infrastructure Development of Digital Research Environment for Modern Woodblock-printed Kuchi-e (Frontispieces) Independent Researcher Tomoo ASAHI
C3 Research of Kyoto-based Global Development of Printing Techniques and Designs Part-time Lecturer, Kwansei Gakuin University/Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts Aya UEDA
C4 Study on Construction of "Old photograph GIS database on Kamo River" and Transition Analysis of River Environment Associate Professor, Faculty of Regional Policy, Aichi University Takafusa IIZUKA
C5 Study on Theater-related Pictures Retrieval System using Record of Theater Play Database (provisional translation) Chief Librarian, Shochiku Otani Library Sachiko MUTO
C6 Construction of 3D Model Database of Japanese Armor in the possession of Tokushima City Tokushima Castle Museum Associate Professor, Faculty of Integrated Arts and Sciences Akihiro TSUKAMOTO
C7 Automatic Extracting Personal Information of Historical Persons from "Nihon Jinmei JIten" and Creating Structured Data Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics, Management and Information Science, Onomichi City University Fuminori KIMURA
C8 A Database Construction of Old Japanese Manuscripts and an Analysis Using Machine Learning Lecturer, Grad. School of Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering in Health System Toshiaki AIDA
C9 Digital archive of the techniques, processing and enjoyment related to comics and anime focusing on
international spread and propagation of culture
Associate Professor, Faculty of Informatics Ryosuke YAMANISHI
D.International Joint Research to Utilize the Center's Facilities and Equipment
D1 A Basic Study on Primary Sources related to Urashima Legend in the possession of Itoi Bunko Library in Maizuru City Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Shizuoka Eiwa Gakuin University Eriko HATA
D2 University of Oregon Nōsatsu Digitization and Metadata Cataloging Project Japanese Studies Librarian, University of Oregon Kevin MCDOWELL
D3 Collection and Preservation of Traditional games from around the world,the Systematization and the Study of Cultural relevance of them Part-time lecturer, Shitennoji University Isao UMEBAYASHI
D4 Representation of Ghost in Japanese TV Series in 1960s: Focusing on the Impact of Kabuki Part-time lecturer, Kyoto University Mikyung BAK
D5 A Research Project on Construction of Comprehensive Digital Archives Focusing on the Third Phase Yakusha Hyobanki Professor, Faculty of Law and Letters, Ehime University Yoko KAGURAOKA

An interview with Professor Ryo Akama of the Art Research Center (ARC) on "An Online Education System for Transcribing Pre-Modern Japanese Cursive Characters with AI Assistance" has been featured in the Asahi Shimbun Weekly AERA magazine's issue from 23 March 2020. The article is also available on AERAdot. (available only in Japanese language)

立命館大学 衣笠キャンパス アート・リサーチセンター 多目的ルーム

主催:立命館大学アート・リサーチセンター、文部科学省 国際共同利用・共同研究拠点「日本文化資源デジタル・アーカイブ国際共同研究拠点」、立命館大学研究拠点形成支援プログラム


プログラム ※プログラムは多少変更する可能性がございます

2月21日(金) 13:00-18:25
12:30-13:00 開場・受付開始
13:00-13:05 開会挨拶
13:05-14:25 研究拠点形成支援プログラム 研究プロジェクト 成果報告 (各20分・質疑応答含む)
  1. 1.「ゲームという手段を通じた浮世絵公開システム開発プロジェクト」
     プロジェクト代表者:立命館大学 情報理工学部 教授 Ruck THAWONMAS
  2. 2.「京都ストリート文化アーカイブの構築と発信プロジェクト」
     プロジェクト代表者:立命館大学 映像学部 准教授 斎藤進也
  3. 3.「歴史都市京都における地域資料のGISデータベース構築プロジェクト」
     プロジェクト代表者:立命館大学 文学部 准教授 河角直美
     発表者:立命館大学 文学部 特任助教 佐藤弘隆
  4. 4.「日本伝統音楽の音響復原・デジタルアーカイブプロジェクト」
     プロジェクト代表者:立命館大学 情報理工学部 教授 西浦敬信
14:25-14:45 国際共同利用・共同研究拠点 共同研究課題 成果報告(各20分・質疑応答含む)
  1. 「古写経の単一画像超解像による解析とデータベース構築―ARC所蔵藤井永観文庫を中心として―」
     課題代表者:岡山大学大学院 ヘルスシステム統合科学研究科 講師 相田敏明
14:45-15:00 -休憩(15分)-
15:00-15:30 国際共同利用・共同研究拠点 テクニカルサポートボード ワークショップ
15:30-16:50 国際共同利用・共同研究拠点 共同研究課題 成果報告(各20分・質疑応答含む)
  1. 「徳島城博物館所蔵甲冑コレクションの3D データベースの構築」
     課題代表者:徳島大学 総合科学部 准教授 塚本章宏
  2. 「『鴨川古写真GISデータベース』の構築と河川環境の変遷分析に関する研究」
     課題代表者:愛知大学 地域政策学部 准教授 飯塚隆藤
  3. 「舞鶴市糸井文庫蔵浦島伝説関連資料の基礎的研究」
     課題代表者:静岡英和学院大学 人間社会学部 人間社会学科 准教授 畑恵里子
  4. 'Archiving and Utilization of Japanese Performing Arts Materials on JPARC (Japanese Performing Arts Research Consortium)'
     課題代表者: Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara Katherine Saltzman-Li
     発表者:中世日本研究所 所長 Monica BETHE
         京都産業大学 文化学部 准教授 Diego PELLECCHIA
16:50-17:05 -休憩(15分)-
17:05-18:25 国際共同利用・共同研究拠点 共同研究課題 成果報告(各20分・質疑応答含む)
  1. 「『目玉の松ちゃん・尾上松之助 活動写真デジタル資料館』の内容拡充」
     課題代表者:尾上松之助遺品保存会 代表 松野吉孝
  2. 「京都の活動写真製作及び興行における横田商会の意義」
     課題代表者:関西大学 社会学部 非常勤講師 長谷憲一郎
  3. 「元禄歌舞伎のデジタル再現のための基礎的研究」
     課題代表者: 名城大学 外国語学部 教授 岩井眞實
  4. 「京都の町並み変化に関する地域学習支援システムに関する研究」
     課題代表者:関西学院大学 総合政策学部 契約助手 高橋 彰


2月22日(土) 10:00-17:35
9:30-10:00 開場・受付開始
10:00-11:20 国際共同利用・共同研究拠点 共同研究課題 成果報告(各20分・質疑応答含む)
  1. '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'
     課題代表者:Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley Jonathan ZWICKER
  2. 「京都を起点とした染色技術及びデザインのグローバルな展開に関する研究」
     課題代表者:京都工芸繊維大学JSPS 特別研究員 加茂瑞穂
  3. 「演劇上演記録データベースを活用した、演劇資料画像検索閲覧システムの構築に関る研究」
     課題代表者:公益財団法人 松竹大谷図書館 主任司書 武藤祥子
  4. 「機械学習による型紙画像分類の自動化」
     課題代表者:学習院大学計算機センター 教授 久保山哲二
     発表者:東京電機大学 研究生 安藤申将
11:20-13:00 -昼休憩(100分)-
13:00-13:40 ARC 研究施設運営支援プロジェクト 成果報告(各20分・質疑応答含む)
  1. 5.「メディア芸術における媒体特性ならびに媒体横断に関する総合的研究」
     プロジェクト代表者:立命館大学 映像学部 教授 中村彰憲
  2. 6.「ポップカルチャーに見る文化の継承と普及のモデル化」
     プロジェクト代表者:立命館大学 情報理工学部 講師 山西良典
     発表者:立命館大学 情報理工学部 准教授 西原陽子
13:40-14:20 研究拠点形成支援プログラム 研究プロジェクト 成果報告(各20分・質疑応答含む)
  1. 7.「文化資源・染織関係資料の学術的・経済的活用プロジェクト」
     プロジェクト代表者:立命館大学 衣笠総合研究機構 教授 鈴木桂子
  2. 8.「メタバースを活用した日本文化資源の研究展示環境の構築」
     プロジェクト代表者:立命館大学 映像学部 教授 細井浩一
               立命館大学 文学研究科 D1 毛利仁美
14:20-14:35 -休憩(15分)-
14:35-16:15 研究拠点形成支援プログラム 研究プロジェクト 成果報告(各20分・質疑応答含む)
  1. 9.「『ゼロ世代』WEBコンテンツ保存プロジェクト」
     プロジェクト代表者:立命館大学 先端総合学術研究科 教授 竹中悠美
               立命館大学 先端総合学術研究科 一貫制D6 向江駿佑
               立命館大学 先端総合学術研究科 一貫制D3 森 敬洋
  2. 10.「『テキストとイメージ』プロジェクト」
     プロジェクト代表者:立命館大学 文学部 教授 赤間 亮
  3. 11.「VR技術を用いた祇園祭りの可視化・体験 プロジェクト」
     プロジェクト代表者:立命館大学 情報理工学部 講師 長谷川恭子
  4. 12.「ARC所蔵資料データベースへの多言語情報アクセスプロジェクト」
     プロジェクト代表者:立命館大学 情報理工学部 教授 前田 亮
               立命館大学 衣笠総合研究機構 専門研究員 BATJARGAL Biligsaikhan
               立命館大学 情報理工学研究科 D1 LI Kangying
  5. 13.「深層学習を用いたくずし文字の認識による日本古典籍の解読と整理のプロジェクト」
     プロジェクト代表者:立命館大学 理工学部 准教授 孟 林
16:15-16:30 -休憩(15分)-
16:30-17:30 国際共同利用・共同研究拠点 共同研究課題 成果報告(各20分・質疑応答含む)
  1. 'Cultural salons and the visual arts in Kyoto and Osaka, 1750-1900: Digitizing Kamigata surimono'
     課題代表者:Emeritus Professor of Japanese Studies, SOAS University of London Andrew GERSTLE
  2. 「アート・リサーチセンター番付ポータルデータベースを活用した興行番付のグローバルアーカイブ構築研究」
     課題代表者:立命館大学 衣笠総合研究機構 プロジェクト研究員 倉橋正恵
  3. 「欧米の日本美術品のデジタル・アーカイブによる WEB 版総合目録構築とその活用」
     課題代表者:メトロポリタン美術館 アシスタントキュレーター Monika BINCSIK
     発表者:立命館大学 文学部 教授 赤間 亮
17:30-17:35 閉会挨拶

February 15, 2020(Sat)

2020年2月15日(土)、立命館大阪梅田キャンパスにて、第9回 「知識・芸術・文化情報学研究会」を開催いたします。

日時: 2020年2月15日(土) 13:00 受付開始
場所: 立命館大阪梅田キャンパス(大阪梅田駅前)→MAP
〒530-0018 大阪市北区小松原町2-4 大阪富国生命ビル5階・14階
主催: 知識・芸術・文化情報学研究会
共催: 情報知識学会関西部会
協力: 立命館大学アート・リサーチセンター 文部科学省 国際共同利用・共同研究拠点「日本文化資源デジタル・アーカイブ国際共同研究拠点」


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プログラム: →発表要旨
13:00 受付開始
13:30 開会挨拶
13:35 発表1
小高 真太郎(和歌山大学大学院システム工学研究科)
14:00 発表2
野﨑 崇弘(和歌山大学大学院システム工学研究科)
14:25 休憩
14:40 発表3
福森 隆寛(立命館大学 情報理工学部)
15:05 発表4
森 敬洋(立命館大学大学院 先端総合学術研究科)
15:30 休憩
15:45 発表5
長塚 隆(鶴見大学名誉教授)
16:10 発表6
「A comparative report of deep features and human perception」
Wei Zhenao (College of Information Science and Engineering, Ritsumeikan University)
16:35 閉会挨拶
17:00 懇親会

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