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The ARC Winter Newsletter is available (January 2022)
January 26, 2022(Wed)

We would like to express our sincere gratitude
for your continued support.

May your year be filled with
health, joy, and happiness!


Important Notice: From January 24, 2022, the Art Research Center (ARC) will be temporarily closed for external visitors to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Save the date!
Chūshingura Ukiyo-e
International Symposium

Feb 11 (Fri), 2022, 13:30 - 16:30 (JST)
We look forward to the keynote speech of Prof. Andrew Gerstle (SOAS London) and presentations by Dr. Annegret Bergmann (UTokyo), Prof. Ryo Akama (RU), Kenichiro Ishibashi and Prof. Satoko Shimazaki (UCLA). >>Read more.
>>Click here to register.
Thank you for your visit! Recently, we were delighted to welcome Dr. Annegret Bergmann, Project Associate Professor at The University of Tokyo and member of the ARC-iJAC FY 2021 Steering Committee, and Masami Yamada, Curator in the Asian Department of the Victoria and Albert Museum, to our center.
An Interview with Dr. Ryoko Matsuba (Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, University of East Anglia, UK)
Striving to develop new digital initiatives for educational purposes, Dr. Matsuba--who received her Ph.D. from Ritsumeikan University--organized the first joint digital archiving technical workshop of SISJAC and the ARC in 2021. >>Read more.
From vol. 22-1, ART RESEARCH is available as an e-journal.
The e-journal is published several times a year while a print version with all contributions of the year compiled will be distributed at the end of each fiscal year.
Manuscripts for ART RESEARCH can be submitted anytime!
For restoring Heian-kyo on a map of modern Kyoto and visualizing research outcomes of more than 5,000 excavation sites, the Art Research Center (ARC) and the Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage (R-DMUCH), Ritsumeikan University, have launched the Heian-kyo Site Database and Story Map.
Prof. Yano and his team constructed this platform based on an open data infrastructure so that anyone can access and download the data. >>Read more.
In cooperation with the ARC-iJAC, the symposium was held by the Science Council of Japan on Dec. 13, 2021. Prof. Satoshi Tanaka gave a comprehensive talk on visualization in the era of Big Data. >> Read more.
Dr. Ellis Tinios (Honorary Lecturer, University of Leeds) introduced an album of thirty-eight preparatory drawings by Katsushika Isai, which is now in the collection of the British Museum.
We are very grateful to Dr. Tinios for being our guest speaker!
[Video] One-Day Workshop: 'Digitization of Historical Cities in Egypt and Japan'
As part of the FY 2021 ARC-iJAC project 'Qait'bay Citadel (1477-1479): Visualizing the Main Coastal Fortification of Medieval Alexandria, Egypt', a one-day workshop was held on November 6, 2021.
This project is led by Dr. Mohamed Soliman (National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics, Egypt). >>Read more.
JAPAN SEARCH Releases PVs About the World of Kabuki
Based on the ARC virtual exhibition The Most Curious Kabuki World, JAPAN SEARCH has launched an online gallery and two promotional videos.
In Memoriam of Professor Masayuki Uemura (1943-2021)

The Art Research Center mourns the loss of Professor Masayuki Uemura, Research Advisor of the Ritsumeikan Center for Game Studies (RCGS).
As the lead architect of Nintendo's Family Computer and Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Professor Uemura played a pivotal role in shaping and developing the digital games industry in Japan and worldwide.
He had been teaching at Ritsumeikan University since 2004 and was the first director of RCGS. At the same time, he also led research projects at the Art Research Center that focused on the development of preservation methods for digital games, video documentation, and Japanese traditional performing arts.
We are profoundly grateful to Professor Uemura for his enormous contribution to Ritsumeikan University and this center.
Upcoming Events
January 29 (Sat), 2022, 13:00-15:00
Ritsumeikan University Special Saturday Lecture
(Co-organized by the Institute of Humanities, Human and Social Sciences, and the ARC)
1. Speaker: Rika Yamamoto (Associate Professor, College of Letters, RU)
Topic: ツーリズムが求める産業遺産の歴史性とデジタルテクノロジー
2.Speaker: Nozomu Ataka (Research Assistant, ARC-iJAC)
Topic: 文化資源から見たツーリズム 〜小型案内記・絵図から見た江戸時代の奈良半日観光 (→ Synopsis)

February 11 (Fri), 2022, 13:30-16:30
Chūshingura Ukiyo-e International Symposium
Topic: Spreading the Legend of Chūshingura to the World
Click here to register

February 25 (Fri) & 26 (Sat), 2022
FY2021 Annual Report Meeting of the ARC-iJAC & Program for Supporting Research Center Formation, Art Research Center
<Details to be announced on our website>
Previous issues:
Autumn 2021, Summer 2021, Spring 2021, Winter 2020, Autumn 2020, Summer 2020, Spring 2020
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