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The ARC Spring Newsletter is available (April 2022)
April 19, 2022(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.
April 7, 2022: Cherry blossoms in full bloom
on Kinugasa Campus, Ritsumeikan University.


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.
Submit manuscripts for ART RESEARCH anytime.
Start of the International Joint Research Project 'Creative Collaborations: Salons and Networks in Kyoto and Osaka 1780-1880' supported by UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) and JSPS
Led by Prof. Ryo Akama, the current Director of the ARC, and Dr. Akiko Yano, Curator in the Department of Asia at the British Museum, the project analyzes the cultural and social impact of art and literary salons and collective creation of art (gassaku) in early modern Japan, particularly the Kyoto-Osaka region.
Research outcomes will be presented in an exhibition at the British Museum in 2024. >>Read more.
5,100 volumes of nagauta shohon (thin lyric booklets) in the Takeuchi Dokei Collection are available in the ARC Virtual Institute
We are pleased to announce that 5,100 volumes of nagauta shohon (長唄正本) in the Takeuchi Dokei Collection, one of the most extensive collections on early modern Japanese music held by the Kunitachi College of Music Library, have been released. >>Read more.
>>Go to the ARC Virtual Institute.
As a prototype project to build bridges of scientific collaboration between Ritsumeikan University, NRIAG & the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST), Dr. Soliman started his international joint research project 'Qait'bay Citadel (1477-1479): Visualizing the Main Coastal Fortification of Medieval Alexandria, Egypt' in the fiscal year 2021 supported by the ARC-iJAC.
>> Read the interview.
Video available! The Chūshingura Ukiyo-e International Symposium
The Chūshingura Ukiyo-e International Symposium--Spreading the Legend of Chūshingura to the World--was held in collaboration with Ako City on February 11, 2022.
We are very grateful to Prof. Gerstle, Dr. Bergmann, Mr. Ishibashi and Prof. Shimazaki for being our guest speakers.
Online Exhibition 'Encountering Asia: Traveling, Imagination, and Creation of Arts'
The online exhibition was jointly held by Ritsumeikan University's Asia-Japan Research Institute and the ARC from March 1-31, 2022.
A part of the exhibition remains open to the public after the exhibition period.
>>Read more.
>>Go to exhibition.
Visit to Nara Prefecture Historical and Artistic Culture Complex
Prof. Satoshi Tanaka (College of Information Science and Engineering, RU) and Prof. Kyoko Hasegawa (Research Organization of Science and Technology, RU) visited the recently opened Nara Prefecture Historical and Artistic Culture Complex.
As part of the research collaboration between Nara Prefecture and the ARC, they have been leading a project on the digital archiving and 3D visualization of Taimadera Temple in Nara, a national treasure. This summer, they will showcase the outcomes of this research project in the Nara Prefecture Historical and Artistic Culture Complex.

Concluding the fiscal year, the FY 2021 Annual Report Meeting was held on February 25 & 26, 2022 via Zoom.
>>Click here for the program.

Furthermore, we have announced the FY 2022 International Joint Research Projects
adopted by the ARC-iJAC.
March 20, 2022: Graduation Ceremony Day at Ritsumeikan University.
Our warmest congratulations to Shiori Totsuka, Mikiharu Takeuchi, Risako Hirano, and Toshinari Tsuji, who have been engaged in the research activities of the Art Research Center!
Upcoming Events
April 27 (Wed), 2022, 18:00-19:30
100th International ARC Seminar
Speaker: Yoshiyuki Senkai (Executive Board Member and Director, Itsuō Art Museum; Ichizo Kobayashi Memorial Museum; and Ikeda Bunko, Hankyu Culture Foundation)

Topic: KOBAYASHI, Ichizo: Social and Cultural Projects as the Two Wheels of his Business (「小林一三 ─社会事業・文化事業をビジネスの両輪に」)
>>Watch live broadcast on YouTube

May 11 (Wed), 2022, 18:00-19:30
101st International ARC Seminar
Speaker: Dr Nadine Willems (Lecturer in Japanese History, School of History, University of East Anglia)

Topic: Going to War During the Taisho Period: Japan's Siberian Intervention of 1918-1922 as Illustrated by the Pictorial Diaries of Infantryman Takeuchi Tadao
>>Watch live broadcast on YouTube
Previous issues:
Winter 2021, Autumn 2021, Summer 2021, Spring 2021, Winter 2020, Autumn 2020, Summer 2020, Spring 2020
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