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July 8, 2022(Fri)

On July 7, 2022, the Kyoto Shimbun featured an article on the Kyoto News Archive, a digital archiving project led by Professor Keiji Yano (College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University).

The Kyoto News Archive was released in the ARC Virtual Institute on June 24, 2022:
< ARC Virtual Institute: The Kyoto News Archive >

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On April 16, 2022, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported on the research activities of Professor Ryo Akama, Director of the Art Research Center, to digitize valuable cultural resources.

On February 28, 2022, the Asahi Shimbun featured an article on the joint research project led by Professor Masaaki Kidachi (College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University) on climbing kilns in Gojo-zaka, Kyoto.

January 20, 2022(Thu)

On January 19, 2022, the Heian-kyo Site Database--a project led by Prof. Keiji Yano (Deputy Director of the Art Research Center)--was featured in the NHK program 'まちに残る"平安京"を探せ!'.

Read more about the Heian-kyo Site Database:

Watch the video on the NHK website:

December 8, 2021(Wed)

On December 8, 2021, the Yomiuri Shimbun featured an article on the launch of the Heian-kyo Site Database--a project led by Prof. Keiji Yano, Deputy Director of the Art Research Center (ARC).

For more information on the database, please click here.

Kyoto Shimbun reported on Assistant Professor Hirotaka Sato (College of Letters)--a member of the Art Research Center--who has 'restored' the landscape of Yumiya-cho in the early Meiji era with a digital archive. Yumiya-cho is located in the Higashiyama district of Kyoto.

On October 21, 2021, the Kyoto Shimbun featured an article on the digital archiving of films that belonged to the late Aimi Akira, initiated by Associate Professor Shinya Saito (College of Image Arts and Sciences)--a member of the Art Research Center.

Professor Saito plans to create a database on these films as part of his project Kyoto Street Culture Archive: Memories of the Pop Culture Featuring the Streets, and their Visualization.

The crowdfunding initiative of Shochiku Otani Library in Tokyo that Professor Ryo Akama--Deputy Director of the Art Research Center--has been supporting in its digital-archiving activities was featured in the Tokyo Shimbun on October 17, 2021.

The article introduces the 10th anniversary of the crowdfunding initiative that aims at digitizing and making online available severely damaged materials in the library collection.

Nearly half of the donations for the crowdfunding initiative have been made by repeated users, and the number of young users who came to know about the library through crowdfunding has steadily increased.

On June 10, 2021, the ARC-iJAC-funded research project of Professor Eriko Hata (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Shizuoka Eiwa Gakuin University) on the primary sources related to the legend of Urashima in the collection of Itoi Bunko Library in Maizuru City was featured in the evening edition of the Kyoto Shimbun.

The article reported on a different and unexpected turn from the commonly known story on the legend of Urashima Taro from the Edo period that is introduced in an easy-to-understand way by Prof. Hata's research group investigating the Itoi Bunko Library in Maizuru.

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"

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