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The ARC Summer Newsletter is available (July 2021)
July 27, 2021(Tue)

With the establishment of the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC) in 2019, the Art Research Center strives to push the internationalization of research activities that transcend disciplines and geographic boundaries.


Reborn as an online journal ・Manuscripts are accepted any time!
Next deadline: August 31 (Tues), 2021, 24:00 (JST)
Save the Date!      <ARC Days 2021>
July 30 (Fri), 13:00-17:05 & July 31 (Sat), 2021, 10:00-16:40 (JST)
Daan has been at the forefront of a joint research project with the ARC to digitize the Japan Collection of the Museum Volkenkunde (Leiden), part of the National Museum of World Cultures.
He explains how the database, comprised of the collection of P. F. von Siebold, amongst others, significantly facilitates the accessibility to the artworks for the Japanese-speaking audience.
>>Read the interview.
>>Access the database.
ARC Launches the Gion Festival Digital Museum 2021
A variety of cultural resources related to the festival are showcased based on the spatiotemporal information that Prof. Keiji Yano (ARC Deputy Director) and his team digitally archived. Experience the charm and history of the festival virtually! >>Read more.
Together with the Asahi Shimbun, the ARC-iJAC co-organized the symposium to build momentum for the long-awaited return of the Takayama float to the Yamahoko Junko in 2022. >> Read more.
As part of the ARC-iJAC research support activities, Prof. Akama has launched an online course to train researchers in using the ARC Transcription Support System to read kuzushiji. >>Read more.
Prof. Yoshio Nakatani, Chancellor of the Ritsumeikan Trust, expressed that the symposium, held under the theme Japan-China Cultural Exchange and New Coordinates for the Humanities, is an excellent opportunity to promote research, academic exchange, and friendship with Tsinghua University and Chinese scholars. >>Read more
Prof. Ryo Akama explained how to master the skill of digital archiving with Japanese hanging scrolls as a practical example.
The first of a bilingual video series, the workshop served as a prototype for online training in various skills and methods of digital archiving Japanese artworks. >>Read more.
Using state-of-the-art machine learning models, Y. Tian (Google Brain) and members of the ROIS-DS Center for Open Data in the Humanities (CODH) have published a paper on "Ukiyo-e Analysis and Creativity with Attribute and Geometry Annotation," based on the ARC Ukiyo-e Portal Database.
>>Read more
The Problem of Distance in Digital Art History: Using the ResearchSpace Knowledge System to Capture Research Methods and Thinking.
Organized by JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles, Prof. Akama discussed the historical development of ukiyo-e prints in the 19th century that featured demons, ghosts, monsters, and other supernatural creatures.
Entrusted with the restoration of a set of five Shuten-doji picture scrolls that had escaped the fires of WW II and returned to Kyoto after 130 years, the ARC started a crowdfunding project two years ago for the third volume which depicts the most dramatic scenes of the folktale but was particularly damaged and considered difficult to restore.
Thanks to a great number of supporters, we have been able to beautifully revive this picture scroll. >>Read more.
Upcoming Events
July 30 (Fri), 13:00-17:05
July 31 (Sat), 2021, 10:00-16:40 (JST)

ARC Days 2021
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