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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"

In the newspaper column "A future with AI" from the Nishinippon Shimbun, dated March 29, Professor Ryo Akama of the Art Research Center (ARC) explains about his latest research on "An Online System for Transcribing Pre-Modern Japanese Cursive Characters with AI Assistance".

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)

November 1, 2019(Fri)

The Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University, is pleased to announce that the Ako City Chushingura Digital Exhibition Room is available.

Based on an academic exchange agreement, Ako City and the ARC have been collaborating in digital-archiving ukiyo-e with the theme of Chushingura and have made the Chushingura ukiyo-e collection held by Ako City open to the public.

◆ ARC Virtual Institute: Ako City Chushingura Digital Exhibition Room


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Bluebacks Outreachとは?





  1. 1頁の画像全体を解析にかけ、文字の分割と認識、翻刻までを一括に行なおうとするもの(例:凸版印刷 古典籍OCR)
  2. 一文字分の画像に対して解析を行い、それぞれの文字をできるだけ正確に判別するもの。またそのシステムをつかって、一文字単位で文字の解読をするもの。
  3. e-learningを目的としたアプリの開発(例:くずし字学習支援アプリKuLA)
  4. 人力での翻刻作業をクラウドソーシングにより円滑に行なうもの(例:「みんなで翻刻」プロジェクト)


  • 『木簡画像データベース・木簡字典』『電子くずし字字典データベース』連携検索
  • くずし字一文字認識



  1. 読みたい資料を検索して頁閲覧をしているときに、すぐに翻刻ウィンドウを開いて翻刻ができる。
  2. 翻刻作業者と翻刻の作業の履歴、注釈、質問などを保存できる。
  3. 難読文字については、解読支援機能を使い、AIのサジェストを受けることができる。 (凸版印刷株式会社提供のディープラーニングによるAPIが提供されている。)
  4. AIが判読不可の文字画像を蓄積し指導者「解読支援待ちデータベース」を連動させることにより、初学者でもWeb上で熟練者の支援を受けつつ翻刻を進めることができる。 (はこだて未来大学寺沢憲吾准教授開発の「文書画像検索システム」を基にAPIが凸版印刷株式会社から提供されている。)
  5. 判読不可文字は、デープラーニングシステムの次期バージョンアップに提供される。
  6. 翻刻全体の進行状況の把握、本文全文検索、文脈付き結果表示などの教育・指導用機能が充実している。





参考サイト NHK New Web 京都

 ・JSPS科学研究費(挑戦的研究〈萌芽〉、代表 赤間 亮)

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