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第二回 立命館大学-清華大学 国際学術シンポジウム   第二回 立命館大学-清華大学 国際学術シンポジウム

第二届 立命馆大学-清华大学国际学术研讨会   第二届 立命馆大学-清华大学国际学术研讨会

The Art Research Center (ARC) is pleased to announce that the 2nd Ritsumeikan University - Tsinghua University International Academic Symposium on Japan-China Cultural Exchange and New Coordinates for Humanities will be held on Saturday, May 22, 2021.

Date and time: May 22 (Saturday), 2021 14:00 - 18:20

Format: Online via Zoom (with simultaneous interpretation in Japanese and Chinese)

Organizer:

School of Humanities, Tsinghua University

Graduate School of Letters, Ritsumeikan University

International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC), Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University

Supported by: Program for Asia-Japan Research Development "Research on Creation and Development of Asian Arts Studies", Ritsumeikan University


Participation: Free of charge

How to register: Please send us an e-mail with the subject line "【申込】清華大学・立命館大学国際学術シンポジウム」" and your name, affiliation and e-mail address to:

r-darc@st.ritsumei.ac.jp.

We will send you the link for Zoom after we receive your application.

For inquiries, please contact:

Art Research Center, Kinugasa Campus, Ritsumeikan University.

Tel: 075-465-8476 (Mon-Fri 9:00-17:30)


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A video of the 83rd International ARC Seminar on April 28, 2021 is now available on YouTube until September 30, 2021.

In this video, Dominic Oldman--Head of ResearchSpace & Senior Curator at the British Museum--gives a presentation on The Problem of Distance in Digital Art History: Using the ResearchSpace Knowledge System to Capture Research Methods and Thinking.

Please enjoy the video and feel free to share it.

Professor Ryo Akama (College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University)--Deputy Director of the Art Research Center--was a guest speaker in the academic exchange webinar Scenic Views and Supernatural Beings: New Themes in 19th-century Ukiyo-e Prints, held on April 20, 2021.

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Together with Hollis Goodall, Curator of Japanese Art at the Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA) and advisor to Scripps College, Claremont, Professor Akama discussed new themes in the ukiyo-e prints (woodblock prints) of the 19th century, with particular focus on the growth in prints featuring demons, ghosts, monsters, and other supernatural creatures.This event was organized by JAPANHOUSE Los Angeles, a project of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to showcase and foster awareness of Japanese culture.

Professor Akama constructed and manages the Art Research Center's extensive Ukiyo-e Portal Database that comprises over 560,000 ukiyo-e prints.

More than 400 people from 10 countries attended this webinar.

For more information, please visit the JAPANHOUSE Los Angeles website: https://www.japanhousela.com/events/scenic-views-and-supernatural-beings/.

Project Overview

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As the leader of the FY2020 ARC-iJAC project "Cultural Salons and the Visual Arts in Kyoto and Osaka, 1750-1900: Digitizing Kamigata Surimono and Paintings", could you please tell us the reason why you started this project?

Prof. Gerstle: I have been fascinated over the years by discovering how common it was in the Edo period for men and women of all ages and statuses to be active in cultural pursuits (遊芸) for pleasure.

I first realized this in researching gidayū amateur performance, where I found that until World War II gidayū as a hobby was popular all over Japan. I then saw how kabuki actors circulated among patrons and fans via haikai gatherings. Pursuit of the arts also importantly was a way for women as well to socialize outside their neighbourhood, and for individuals of different status (身分) to interact.

I still find it intriguing that individuals often had several pen names for their different activities. Under a pen name, everyone was nominally equal as a devotee of the particular art they were participating in. In contemporary Japan, we still see that it is common to socialize through cultural or other organized activities, like the clubs at university.

How do you feel about the overall execution of this project? Have you come across any particular challenges?

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Prof. Gerstle: The key element of this project is to create an online research corpus of paintings, surimono, and illustrated books, and then to siphon out all the information held in them in order to try to begin to understand the dynamics of how circles and networks functioned and how they supported the arts.

The ARC staff under Prof. Akama have done a magnificent job in photographing carefully about 2000 surimono and in the process of photographing more than 1500 paintings. Further, we have been able to input basic data on the items.

I did not think that we would get this far because the coronavirus pandemic has restricted travel. I have not been able to come to Japan as planned.

How have the ARC-iJAC resources supported you in realizing this project?

Prof. Gerstle: The skill, experience, and resources of the ARC-IJAC have made this project possible. No other institution could have done this work as efficiently.

Could you please give us an overview of the most significant research outcomes of this project so far?

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Prof. Gerstle: There are two important outcomes of this grant. First, it enabled us to digitize the Scott Johnson extensive kamigata surimono collection - with over 2000 items, the largest known collection - and to make it available to researchers. The digitalization then enabled the British Museum to propose the acquisition of this collection to its Board for approval.

This is the first stage of a larger project. The completion of the digitalization of the large research corpus has made it possible for us to apply for a grant in the UK to continue this work, particularly in analyzing the data thus far collected.

The second important outcome is the start of the digitalization of the Hakutakuan private kamigata painting collection of more than 1500 items. Until now, only about 100 items have been published. This is an extremely important, large collection with a wide range of artists, including women artists. The inclusion of this collection in the ARC database will greatly enhance 19th-century kamigata art studies.

This is the first stage of a larger project. The completion of the digitalization of the large research corpus has made it possible for us to apply for a grant in the UK to continue this work, particularly in analyzing the data thus far collected.

What are your plans for the future to continue and expand this research project?

Prof. Gerstle: We hope this coming year to complete the digitizing of the private painting collection. At the same time, we are now preparing to submit a research proposal for a three-year grant to the UK Funding Council.

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The Art Research Center (ARC) co-organized the special exhibition Kimono no Mushiboshi (「着物の虫干し展」) at the Nagae Family Residence, a tangible cultural property designated by Kyoto City, on March 20 and 21, 2021.

Due to COVID-19, this was the first time since the byobu matsuri (folding screen festival) in summer 2019 that the residence was open again to the public, and it welcomed a total of 50 visitors.

About the Event

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The Nagae family were merchants of the kimono fabric, and their family residence served as both a working and living space for many generations.

During this exhibition at the residence, kimonos from the family collection were taken from the storehouse and air-dried--a traditional Japanese practice called mushiboshi--to prevent the clothes from insects and mold.

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These kimonos were worn by the seventh generation of the Nagae family during the early Shōwa period. The head of the seventh generation was very fond of the Gion Festival, participating in the festival's preservation society and as a musician for the Gion bayashi (orchestral music accompanying the festival). He wore the summer haori on display to attend various events of the Gion Festival.

Furthermore, tools, goods, and trading documents were exhibited, providing a glimpse into the daily life and business of a merchant family in the rakuchu (in the capital) of that time.

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The items from the family collection displayed at this event were made available to the public for the first time after they had remained in the storehouse for a long time.

In a separate room, visitors could learn about the ARC's research outcomes in digital-archiving the Nagae family collection.

About the Nagae Family Residence

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Designated as a tangible cultural property by the City of Kyoto, the Nagae Family Residence was built between the late Edo period and the Taishō period and is located in the center of Kyoto.

The main building is a two-story traditional wooden townhouse--also referred to as kyo-machiya--which consists of a north wing constructed in 1868 (closed to the public) and a south wing constructed in 1905.

Although some parts of the building have been restored in recent years, most parts of the residence, including the glass windows, remain the same as built more than a century ago.

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With the office space at the front and private rooms at the back, including one for ceremonial occasions, each room had a clearly defined function.

Furthermore, a family business trademark is found throughout the residence that differs from the kamon (family crest) printed on their kimonos for the Gion Festival.

About the ARC's Research

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The ARC has been involved in the research on the Nagae Family Residence for many years. After receiving a donation of their collection, including hanging scrolls, folding screens, kimonos, and daily life tools, we have been researching and digital-archiving those items.

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In recent years, some kimonos and design pattern books have been discovered in the storehouse, revealing new aspects of the Nagae family's business as kimono fabric merchants. We also introduced these new findings at this exhibition.

In the future, the ARC strives to continue to research and digital-archive the remaining items in the storehouse to enrich the Nagae family collection database and preserve Japanese cultural heritage.

Nagae Family Residence Links: Official Website Facebook Page Instagram

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Organizer: Hoosiers Corporation

Co-organizer: Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University

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Professor Tsukamoto, thank you for your time today.

As the leader of the FY2020 ARC-iJAC project "Construction of a 3D Model Database of Japanese Armor in the Collection of the Tokushima Castle Museum, Tokushima City", could you please tell us the reason why you started this project?

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Prof. Tsukamoto: This project started around five years ago. At that time, SfM (Structure from Motion)--a technology that generates point cloud data from drone photography and the video and images captured--had just begun to attract attention in the fields of surveying, archaeology, and GIS. Yet, databases with two-dimensional images were mainstream.

We thought that, depending on the type of cultural property, it would better to create and store three-dimensional data to preserve their features in a digital archive more accurately. Around that time, I had the opportunity with Tokushima University to work on the 3D measurement of archaeological sites and collaborative projects with local museums.

I thought about the possibility of creating a three-dimensional archive of cultural properties held by local museums that would appeal to the local communities.

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52nishiura_1.jpgProfessor Nishiura, thank you for your time today. Can you please tell us more about your area of research?

Prof. Nishiura: I joined the College of Information Science and Engineering at Ritsumeikan University in 2004. My research focuses on acoustic signal processing, acoustic systems, and sound interfaces, amongst others.

I conduct integrated research on the analysis, understanding, reproduction, and synthesis of a sound environment to improve society through sound. My goal as a researcher is to create a sound environment for people to live comfortably.

Could you please elaborate on this?

Prof. Nishiura: A practical example may be the visit to the dentist. Many people feel uncomfortable with the dental drilling sound. I have researched and developed a technology of sound esthetics, also called noise-masking so that people are not bothered by the unwanted noise by overlapping it with a pleasant sound.

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Furthermore, I have been investigating audio spot technology, a technique to transmit sound only in a specific area. Loudspeakers utilizing ultrasound waves have a higher directivity and can form a narrow audible area to a particular listener, i.e., the audio spot.

This is useful for exhibitions at museums, for example, when you would like to give visitors information relevant to each exhibited object.

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As part of our project to digital-archive overseas artworks, the Art Research Center (ARC) is pleased to announce that all of the digitized Japanese cultural materials in the collection of the Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde, Leiden (the Netherlands), including ukiyo-e prints, copperplate prints, and early Japanese books, have been released with the approval of the museum. This time, the published materials comprise mainly paper-based printed and painted materials.

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As is well-known, the Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde (National Museum of Ethnology), Leiden, is home to an extensive collection of Japanese artifacts comprising the collections of Philipp Franz Balthasar von Siebold, Jan Cock Blomhoff (Head of the Dutch East India Company in Dejima), and others. Since the Netherlands was the only country in Europe that traded with Japan during the Edo period, many Japanese collections have been accumulated there. Hence, many researchers of Japanese culture visit the museum to study its collection.

While the museum's collection is also available through the collection database of the Dutch Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen, organized along with two other Dutch museums, the ARC's database now provides centralized access for the Japanese to the materials of Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde, Leiden. For each of the materials, there is a button to access the Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen directly so that explanatory data in the original database can be viewed with a single click. At the same time, the materials can be accessed via the ARC's Portal Database, allowing you to compare them with those from other institutions.

We hope that you will find this information useful.

The Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University, is delighted to announce the release of its PV, introducing the center's diverse international research activities in Japanese art and culture since its establishment in 1998.

Please enjoy the video and feel free to share it.

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The FY2020 Annual Report Meeting of the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC) & Program for Supporting Research Center Formation, Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University, was held on February 19 (Sat) & 20 (Sun), 2021.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the event was held online via Zoom and YouTube.


Program

February 19 (Fri)
13:00-13:05 Opening Remarks
13:05-14:35 Report Session/ Program for Supporting Research Center Formation (15 mins. each incl. Q&As)

1. A Project on the Intellectual Linkage of Large-Scale Cultural Information
Project Leader: Ryo AKAMA, Professor, College of Letters, RU
2. Playing in the City of Kyoto - Construction of a Virtual Kyoto Using VR and AR
Project Leader: Naomi KAWASUMI, Assoc. Professor, College of Letters, RU
Presenter: Hirotaka SATO, Asst. Professor, College of Letters, RU
3.Construction and Transmission of a Kyoto Street Culture Archive
Project Leader: Shinya SAITO, Assoc. Professor, Coll. of Image Arts and Sciences, RU
4. A System Development Project for Exhibition of Images Such as Ukiyo-e Through the Means of Games - Encourage Players to Smile While Playing Games Bring More Enjoyment
Project Leader: Ruck THAWONMAS, Professor, Coll. of Information Science and Engineering, RU
Presenter: Sunee SAE-LAO, M2 (Graduated in Sep 2020), Coll. of Information Science and Engineering
5. Acoustic sound reconstruction and playing-support with traditional instruments
Project Leader: Takanobu NISHIURA, Professor, Coll. of Information Science and Engineering, RU
6. Project of developing evaluation datasets for ARC collection databases
Project Leader: Akira MAEDA, Professor, Coll. of Information Science and Engineering, RU
Presenters: Jiayun WANG, D3, Grad. School of Information Science and Engineering, RU
Yuting SONG, Specially Appointed Assistant Professor, Grad. School of Information Science and Engineering, RU
Biligsaikhan BATJARGAL, Senior Researcher, Kinugasa Research Org., RU

14:35-14:50 -Break (15 mins)-
14:50-15:20 Report Session/ Program for Supporting Research Center Formation(15 mins. each incl. Q&As)

7. Play between creativity and learning
Project Leader: Akinori NAKAMURA, Professor, Coll. of Image Arts and Sciences, RU
Presenter: Yasuo KAWASAKI, Visiting Researcher, Ritsumeikan Center for Game Studies
8. Collaborative Project ①The Construction of a "Playable Kyoto Cultural Resources Archive" using AI and a Time Travel Game System
Project Leaders: Ruck THAWONMAS, Professor, Coll. of Information Science and Engineering, RU
Presenters: Shinya SAITO, Assoc. Professor, Coll. of Image Arts and Sciences, RU
Naomi KAWASUMI, Associate Professor, College of Letters, RU

15:20-16:20 Report Session/ARC-iJAC(15 mins. each incl. Q&As)

9. Infrastructure Development of Digital Research Environment for Modern Woodblock-printed Kuchi-e (Frontispieces)
Project Leader: Tomoo ASAHI, Independent Researcher
Presenter: Kana TSUNEKI, Ph.D. Candidate, Grad. School of Letters, RU / Assistant Professor, National Institute of Technology, Kurume College

10. A Study on the Construction of a Theater Material Image Search System that Utilizes the Theater Performance Record Database
Project Leader: Sachiko MUTO, Chief Librarian, Shochiku Otani Library
11. Fundamental research for digital reproduction of Kabuki in Genroku era  
Project Leader: Masami IWAI, Professor, English and Int'l Studies, Meijyo University
12. A Database Construction of Old Japanese Manuscripts and an Analysis Using Machine Learning
Project Leader: Toshiaki AIDA, Lecturer, Grad. School of Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering in Health System, Okayama University

16:20-16:35 -Break (15 mins)-
16:35-17:50 Report Session/ARC-iJAC (15 mins. each incl. Q&As)

13. A Study on the Construction of "The Kamo River Old Photograph GIS Database" and Analysis of River Environment Transitions
Project Leader: Takafusa IIZUKA, Associate Professor, Faculty of Regional Policy, Aichi University
14. A Study of a System to Support Community Study on Kyoto's Townscape and its Changes
Project Leader: Akira TAKAHASHI, Visiting Researcher, Cyber Media Center, Osaka University
15. Digital Archive of the Techniques, Processing and Enjoyment of Manga and Anime with its Focus on International Spread and Propagation of Culture 
Project Leader: Ryosuke YAMANISHI, Assoc. Professor, Faculty of Informatics, Kansai University
Presenters: Dr. Ryosuke YAMANISHI, Susumu NAKATA, Professor, Yoko NISHIHARA, Assoc. Professor, College of Information Science and Engineering, RU
16. Digital Archive Project of Japanese Arts in the Collection of Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad, India
Project Leader: Shinya MAEZAKI, Associate Professor, Dept. of Apparel and Space Design, Kyoto Women's University
17. Cultural salons and the visual arts in Kyoto and Osaka, 1750-1900: Digitizing Kamigata surimono and paintings
Project Leader: Andrew GERSTLE, Emeritus Professor, SOAS University of London

February 20 (Sat)
13:00-14:15 Report Session/Program for Supporting Research Center Formation (15 mins. each incl. Q&As)

1. Research project on the Japanese cultural resources using the concept of "Metahistory" or "Les lieux de mémoire"
Project Leader: Koichi HOSOI, Professor, College of Image Arts and Sciences, RU
Presenter: Hitomi Mori, D2, Yuji MIYATA, D1, Toshinari Tsuji, M1, Graduate School of Letters, RU
2. Play and Discovery in Kanji Characters
Project Leader: Lin MENG, Assoc. Professor, College of Image Arts and Sciences, RU
3. Visualization for Re-experiencing the Psychology/Festival using VR Technology
Project Leader: Kyoko HASEGAWA, Lecturer, College of Information Science and Engineering, RU
4. Generation Z Web Content Archiving Project
Project Leader: Yumi TAKENAKA, Professor, Grad. School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences, RU
Presenter: Shunsuke Mukae, D7, Grad. School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences, RU
5. Collaborative Project ② Learning about Kyoto Ukiyo-e landscapes by Playing Minecraft.
Project Leaders: Prof. Koichi HOSOI, Prof. Ruck THAWONMAS, Prof. Akinori NAKAMURA
Presenter: Toshinari TSUJI, Graduate School of Letters, RU

14:15-14:30 Break (15 mins)
14:30-15:00 Report Session/Program for Supporting Research Center Formation (15mins. each incl. Q&As)

6. Collaborative Project ③ About the Digitization, Preservation and Organization of the Shirakawa Shizuka Collection
Project Leaders: Lin MENG, Associate Professor, College of Information Science and Engineering
Akira MAEDA, Professor, Coll. of Information Science and Engineering, RU
Fumio GOTO, Associate Professor, The Shirakawa Shizuka Institute of East Asian Characters and Culture/Grad. School of Professional Teacher Education
Presenter: LI Kangying, D2, Grad. School of Information Science and Engineering, RU
7. Collaborative Project ④ Visualization of Mind of Generation Z
Project Leaders: Prof. Yumi TAKENAKA, Dr. Kyoko HASEGAWA
Presenters: Takahiro MORI, D4, Grad. School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences, RU

15:00-16:00 Report Session/ARC-iJAC (15 mins. each incl. Q&As)

8. Research of Kyoto-based Global Development of Printing Techniques and Designs
Project Leader: Aya UEDA, Part-time Lecturer, Kwansei Gakuin University/ Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts
9. Construction of a 3D Model Database of Japanese Armor in the Collection of the Tokushima Castle Museum, Tokushima City
Project Leader: Akihiro TSUKAMOTO, Associate Professor, Faculty of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Tokushima University
10. Automatic Extraction of Personal Information of Historical Characters from Nihon Jinmei Jiten by Yaichi Haga and Creation of Structured Data
Project Leader: Fuminori KIMURA, Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics, Management and Information Science, Onomichi City University
11.「Developing Online Education and Research Using the Holdings of the C.V. Starr East Asian Library and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive at the University of California, Berkeley」
Project Leader: Jonathan ZWICKER, Assoc. Professor, University of California, Berkeley
Presenter: Prof. Ryo AKAMA, Professor, College of Letters, RU

16:00-16:15 -Break(15mins.)-
16:15-16:45 ARC-iJAC Technical Support Board Workshop
16:45-17:45 Report Session/ARC-iJAC (15 mins. each incl. Q&As)

12. A Comprehensive Online Catalog of the Japanese Artworks in Europe and North America: Its Construction and Application 
Project Leader: Monica BINCSIK, Assistant Curator, Department of Asian Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Presenter: Prof. Ryo AKAMA, Professor, College of Letters, RU
13. Digital Archiving of Indonesian Cultural Heritage and Development of 4D High-Definition Visualization Contents
Project Leader: Dr. Fadjar I. THUFAIL, Researcher, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)
Presenters: Dr. Fadjar I. THUFAIL, Liang LI, Assoc. Professor, Coll. of Information Science and Engineering, RU
14. 「Edo Period Map Goes Digital - The O Edo ezu as an Interactive Resource」
Project Leader: Michael KINSKI, Professor, Japanese Studies, Frankfurt University
Presenters: Prof. Michael KINSKI / Leo BORN, MA Student, Heidelberg University / Koray BIRENHEIDE, MA Student, Frankfurt University
15. Using Digital Archives to Create a Research Network of Japanese Cultural Resources in the UK and Utilizing Digital Resources for Japanese Studies 
Project Leader: Ryoko MATSUBA, Senior Digital Humanities Officer, SISJAC

17:45-17:50 Closing remarks

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