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As part of the online exhibition 'Encountering Asia: Traveling, Imagination, and Creation of Arts', we will hold an online gallery talk.

<Event> Online Gallery Talk

Date: March 6 (Sun), 2022 13:00 - 15:00 JST → Register here.

Participation: free of charge, via Zoom (e-mail notification will be sent upon registration)

<Online Exhibition> Encountering Asia: Traveling, Imagination, and Creation of Arts (めぐりあいアジア─芸術の移動・想像・創成─)

Exhibition period: March 1 (Tues) - 31 (Thurs), 2022

Free of charge (online).

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The online exhibition 'Encountering Asia: Traveling, Imagination, and Creation of Arts' is jointly held by the Asia-Japan Research Institute, Ritsumeikan University, and the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC), Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University.

The project 'Creation of Asian Art Studies', adopted by the Program for Asia-Japan Research Development of the Asia-Japan Research Institute, aims to open up new horizons in the study of the diverse arts in Asia--including Japan--by bringing together a wide range of disciplines, including esthetics, art history, theatre studies, and other arts disciplines, as well as literature, print bibliography, history, comparative cultural history, human geography, and digital humanities.

On February 28, 2022, the Asahi Shimbun featured an article on the joint research project led by Professor Masaaki Kidachi (College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University) on climbing kilns in Gojo-zaka, Kyoto.

Date: Friday, February 25, 10:00-17:40 (JST) and Saturday, February 26, 10:30-17:45 (JST)
Venue : Online(Zoom)

Organised by:International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC) & "Digital Humanities Center for Japanese Arts and Cultures" Project, Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the event will be held online via Zoom.

Please click here for the program.

For inquiries, please contact us at r-darc (at) (change "at" to @).


10:30-11:45 「⽇本⽂化デジタル・ヒューマニティーズ拠点」プロジェクト 成果報告(各15分・質疑応答含む)

26. コラボレーション型プロジェクト︓AI とゲームシステムによる「遊べる京都⽂化資源アーカイブ」の構築」
  プロジェクト代表者︓⽴命館⼤学 映像学部 准教授 斎藤 進也
  コラボレーションG ︓ゲームという⼿段を通じた浮世絵などの画像公開システム開発プロジェクト
  コラボレーションG ︓近代のまちを語るものたちー古写真・絵葉書・映像資料の時空間データベースの構築ー プロジェクト
  発表者︓⽴命館⼤学 映像研究科 修⼠課程 1 回⽣ 岡⽥ 陸
27. 「江⼾・明治・⼤正期の⼤規模⽂化情報の連環による知的⽣産プロジェクト」
  プロジェクト代表者︓⽴命館⼤学 ⽂学部 教授 ⾚間 亮
  発表者︓⽴命館⼤学 ⽂学研究科・⽂化情報学専修・博⼠課程前期課程 ⼾塚 史織
  発表者︓⽴命館⼤学 ⽂学研究科 1 回⽣ ⼭本 睦⽉
  発表者︓⽴命館⼤学 ⽂学研究科 博⼠課程後期課程 安宅 望
28. 「空間ビッグデータの活⽤の可能性について」
  プロジェクト代表者︓⽴命館⼤学 ⽂学部 教授 ⽮野 桂司
29. 共同研究「ボロブドゥール寺院と當麻寺の三次元計測可視化」
  プロジェクト代表者:立命館大学 先端総合学術研究科・教授 竹中 悠美
  発表者:立命館大学 先端総合学術研究科一貫性博士課程・7回生 向江 駿佑
30. 「『遊び』をテーマとした⻑江家住宅のリアルX バーチャル展⽰会プロジェクト」
  プロジェクト代表者︓⽴命館⼤学 ⽂学部 特任助教 佐藤 弘隆

11:45-13:00 -休憩(75分)-
13:00-13:45 【国際共同利⽤・共同研究拠点 テクニカルサポートボード ワークショップ】

ARC リサーチスペース と Intelligent Production Tool "KINUKAKE"
  発表者︓⽴命館⼤学 ⾐笠総合研究機構 准教授 ⾦⼦ 貴昭
  発表者:⽴命館⼤学 ⽂学部 教授 ⾚間 亮

13:45-14:15 「⽇本⽂化デジタル・ヒューマニティーズ拠点」プロジェクト 成果報告 (各15分・質疑応答含む)

31. 「ゲームという⼿段を通じた浮世絵などの⽂化的な素材公開プロジェクト」
  プロジェクト代表者︓ ⽴命館⼤学 情報理⼯学部・教授 THAWONMAS Ruck
  発表者:⽴命館⼤学 理⼯学部電⼦情報⼯学科博⼠後期課程 WEI Zhenao
32. 「古典籍での遊び ―AIによる甲骨字トレースから甲骨への復元、および日本古典籍修復への試みに関するプロジェクト」
  プロジェクト代表者︓ ⽴命館⼤学 情報理⼯学部・准教授 孟 林
  発表者:⽴命館⼤学 理⼯学部電⼦情報⼯学科博⼠後期課程1年⽣ LYU Bing
  発表者:⽴命館⼤学 理⼯学部電⼦情報⼯学科修⼠1年⽣ WANG Ziming

14:15-14:45 国際共同利⽤・共同研究拠点 国際共同研究課題 成果報告 (各15分・質疑応答含む)

33. 「徳島城博物館所蔵甲冑コレクションの3D データベースの構築」
  課題代表者︓徳島⼤学総合科学部 准教授 塚本 章宏
34. 「『鴨川古写真GIS データベース』の構築と河川環境の変遷分析に関する研究」
  課題代表者︓近畿⼤学総合社会学部 准教授 飯塚 公藤
14:45-15:00 -休憩(15分)-

国際共同利⽤・共同研究拠点 国際共同研究課題 成果報告 (各15分・質疑応答含む)

35. 「欧⽶の⽇本美術品のデジタル・アーカイブによるWEB 版総合⽬録構築とその活⽤」
  課題代表者︓メトロポリタン美術館 アソシエイト・キュレーター Monika BINCSIK
  発表者︓⽴命館⼤学 ⽂学部 教授 ⾚間 亮
36. 「インド国⽴サラール・ジャング博物館所蔵⽇本美術デジタル・アーカイブ」
  課題代表者︓京都⼥⼦⼤学家政学部 准教授 前﨑 信也
37. 「芳賀⽮⼀『⽇本⼈名辞典』からの歴史⼈物情報の抽出および情報構造化」
  課題代表者︓尾道市⽴⼤学 経済情報学部 准教授 ⽊村 ⽂則
38. "Qaitʼbay Citadel (14771479):Visualizing the Main Coastal Fortification of Medieval Alexandria、Egypt"
  課題代表者:Advisor of NRIAG President for Cultural Heritage、National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics (NRIAG) SOLIMAN
39. "Expanding the Study of Japanese Photography and Gender:Modules for Teaching and Public Access"
  課題代表者・発表者︓Assistant Professor、The University of British ColumbiaKelly Kelly M. MCCORMICK
  発表者︓Curatorial Fellow, Wellesley College Carrie CUSHMAN
40."Using Digital Archives to Create a Research Network of Japanese Cultural Resources in the UK and Utilising Digital Resources for Japanese Studies"
課題代表者︓Lecturer in Digital Japanese Arts and Humanities、Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (SISJAC) 松葉 涼⼦


41. ⼝述史と資料に基づく⽣活空間のGIS データベース化︓滋賀県栗東市の旧街道筋集落を中⼼に
  課題代表者︓慶應義塾⼤学法学部・准教授 笠井 賢紀
42."Digital Database and Visualization of Borobudur Maritime Landscape and JapanIndonesia Maritime Connection"
  課題代表者︓Researcher、Research Center for Area Studies、Indonesian National Research and Innovation Agency Fadjar I.THUFAIL
43. "Digital Archiving of Indonesian Cultural Heritage and Development of 4D HighDefinition Visualization Contents"
  課題代表者︓ResearcherResearch Center for Area StudiesIndonesian National Research and Innovation Agency Fadjar I.THUFAIL
44." Cultural salons and the visual arts in Kyoto and Osaka、1750-1900:Digitizing Kamigata surimono and paintings"
  課題代表者︓ Emeritus ProfessorSOASUniversity of London Andrew GERSTLE
  発表者︓⽴命館⼤学 ⽂学部 教授 ⾚間 亮

17:40-17:45 閉会挨拶

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In collaboration with Ako City, the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC), Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University, organized the Chūshingura Ukiyo-e International Symposium--Spreading the Legend of Chūshingura to the World--on February 11, 2022.


Based on a historical event, Chūshingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers) tells the story of forty-seven rōnin, or leaderless samurai, from Ako, who avenged the death of their lord.

The symposium began with a welcoming address by the mayor of Ako, Masatoshi Murei, followed by the individual presentations of Professor Satoko Shimazaki (UCLA), Dr. Annegret Bergmann (The University of Tokyo), Kenichiro Ishibashi (Kabuki Researcher), and Professor Ryo Akama (Ritsumeikan University), the current Director of the ARC.

c2.jpgIn the second part, Emeritus Professor Andrew Gerstle (SOAS University of London) gave a keynote speech to discuss the question ʻAre the Depictions of Loyalty, Heroism, Tragedy in Kanadehon chūshingura universal?ʼ. The symposium concluded with a panel discussion moderated by Prof. Akama.

Ako City and the ARC have been collaborating on the digital archiving of the Chūshingura Ukiyo-e Collection held by the city which is available in the Ako City Chushingura Ukiyo-e Database on the ARC website.

Based on the database, digital exhibitions have also been launched in the ARC Virtual Institute, which facilitates developing database operation methods and promoting its utilization.


>> Click here to enter the Ako City Chūshingura Ukiyo-e Digital Exhibition.

>> Click here for the Ako City Chūshingura Ukiyo-e Database.

The symposium took place in the Ako City Culture Hall without an audience to prevent the spread of COVID-19 but was broadcasted online via Zoom.

There were a total of 122 registrations from 15 countries for this event.

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February 12, 2022(Sat)

The 11th Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities will be held online on Saturday, February 12, 2022.

This meeting also serves as a conference for young researchers of the ARC-iJAC.

[About the event]

The Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities was launched in 2011 as a platform for presentations and exchange mainly among postgraduate students and young researchers interested in the digital humanities research in arts, culture, and other related fields.

The event offers an opportunity for participants to discover new research themes and methods through human interaction in different fields, and we also welcomed exploratory and adventurous presentations that are slightly different from conventional conference presentations.

Date: Saturday, February 12, 2022, from 13:00 JST

Participation method: Online (via Zoom)

※ Details will be sent by email to presenters and those who have registered to attend.
※ Please note that the event will be held remotely and not at a venue.


Please send an e-mail with your name and affiliation to kacimeeting+2022(at) by Wednesday, February 9, 2022. (Please change '(at)' to '@')

Participation is free of charge.

*An online get-together (free of charge) will be held after the research presentations. We would like to make it a place for exchange beyond the boundaries of universities and research fields, so please feel free to join.

Organizer: The Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities

Facilitators: Ryo Akama (Ritsumeikan University), Mamiko Sakata (Doshisha University), Naoki Takubo (Kindai University), Takehiko Murakawa (Wakayama University)

Co-organizers: The Kansai Division of the Art Documentation Society and the Kansai Division of the Japan Society of Information and Knowledge

In cooperation with: International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC), Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University.

Japan Art Documentation Society

Program: →Presentation abstracts (in Japanese)
13:00 開会挨拶
13:05 発表1
Zhang Zian(立命館大学大学院情報理工学研究科)
13:30 発表2
季 申予(立命館大学大学院情報理工学研究科)
13:55 休憩
14:10 発表3
山口 晶啓(和歌山大学大学院システム工学研究科)
14:35 発表4
村川 猛彦(和歌山大学システム工学部)
15:00 休憩
15:15 発表5
辻 俊成(立命館大学大学院文学研究科)
15:40 発表6

宮田 悠史(立命館大学大学院文学研究科)
16:05 発表7
森 敬洋(立命館大学大学院先端総合学術研究科)
16:30 休憩
16:45 発表8
川本 純(同志社大学文化情報学部)
17:10 発表9
相田 愛子(日本学術振興会特別研究員RPD・金沢大学)
17:35 閉会挨拶
17:50 懇親会

February 11, 2022(Fri)

The Art Research Center (ARC) is pleased to announce the Chūshingura Ukiyo-e International Symposium. (*This event is held in Japanese)

Date: February 11 (Friday), 2022

Time: 13:30 Japan Standard Time (approx. 3 hours)

Topic: Spreading the Legend of Chūshingura to the World

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The 98th International ARC Seminar, held on January 19, 2022, is now available on YouTube.

The program was as follows:

Topic: Tracing the Roots of Popular Music in Kyoto - BAN HIROSHI University in Ritsumeikan University -

Speaker: Ban Hiroshi (Musician /Rock 'n' Roller)
     Saito Shinya (Associate Professor, Ritsumeikan University)
     Takeda Shosaku (Professor, Ritsumeikan University

We hope you enjoy the video!

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
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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>
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Dr. Ryoko Matsuba, a specialist in Edo period print culture, received her Ph.D. from Ritsumeikan University in 2008. She is now Lecturer in Japanese Digital Arts and Humanities at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (SISJAC), University of East Anglia. Before taking up that post, she participated, as a member of curatorial staff, in two major exhibitions at the British Museum: Hokusai Beyond the Great Wave (2017); and the Citi Exhibition Manga (2019). She co-authored the exhibition catalogue for the latter.

TTL21Jan21.jpgMatsuba sensei, thank you very much for joining us today. Would you tell us about your time at the ARC?

Dr. Matsuba: When the Art Research Center was established, I was an undergraduate student at Ritsumeikan University. I joined the digital-archiving project led by Professor Akama as a part timer involved digitizing kabuki playbills from Osaka and Edo dating from the 18th and 19th centuries.

I gradually came to grasp the techniques and basic procedures of digital archiving, such as scanning photographs, cataloging, and improving the searchability of items, while I worked through the kabuki playbills. This experience laid the foundation for my M.A. and Ph.D. research topics. So, I treasure my time at the ARC very much.

We are glad to hear this. How did it come about that you started to work in the UK?

Dr. Matsuba: When I was still a graduate student, the ARC first provided me with the opportunity to travel to the UK and work at the British Museum as part of the team preparing the exhibition Kabuki Heroes on the Osaka Stage 1780-1830 (2005).

The ARC has been digitizing Japanese collections in renowned museums around the world, and supporting them in creating exhibitions. These activities offer many hands-on training and networking opportunities for young researchers.

Subsequently, I participated in the preparation other British Museum exhibitions such as Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art (2013); Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave (2017); and the Citi Exhibition Manga (2019). In addition, I contributed to and assisted in editing the exhibition catalogs for those exhibitions.

You are now working for SISJAC, with which the ARC has long record of research cooperation. Could you tell us more about your current role?

Dr. Matsuba: As Lecturer in Digital Japanese Arts and Humanities, I teach digital archiving techniques and methodologies to catalog artefacts while encouraging students to gain a deeper understanding of Japanese culture through UK collections and hands-on experience in handling Japanese artefacts. 

Last year, SISJAC launched a new MA program in Interdisciplinary Japanese Studies together with the Centre for Japanese Studies and the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities at UEA. The program is designed to advance understanding Japanese culture from both historical and contemporary perspectives.

As part of this program, I organized the first joint digital archiving technical workshop with the ARC in 2021 and hope to continue our fruitful collaboration by facilitating knowledge exchange.

Furthermore, I intend to build up digital curation--curating digital information in new ways. SISJAC is very keen on developing new digital initiatives for educational purposes as the digital realm is an essential path we need to take.

Could you elaborate on this a little further?

Dr. Matsuba: In a post-COVID-19 world, the presence of museums through the web has gained unprecedented importance. Besides the physical exhibitions, web exhibitions must now be created or further enhanced.

However, technologies and platforms available are still 'work in progress' in all the major institutions in the UK. We are trying to gain a clear picture of what is going on and to define best practice.

My impression is that although we are always talking about digital transformation, it is often not so much an actual transformation. I believe that there is more potential that many realize for doing things differently--and more effectively.

For example, as e-journals become increasingly popular, we could change our idea of publishing research articles. Instead of simply replacing the paper format with a digital version, we could create a wholly different online journal experience by incorporating live links to videos, audio segments, and 3D models.

If the ARC takes the lead in this respect, SISJAC is eager to collaborate.

Do you have any advice for students or young researchers who wish to go abroad or join international research projects but worry about language barriers?

Dr. Matsuba: Students are often concerned about engaging in a research field in a foreign language. I am always asked how I manage the language hurdle. I am still learning and sometime find it difficult to express myself in English.

I do not have any clear answer to overcoming language barrier, beyond urging you to be determined and to practice speaking and reading every day. I think this is the only way to build up your confidence. This is the path that I pursue.

In my teaching, I try to address this issue by, for example, using visuals. If someone has difficulties in giving a presentation in a foreign language, they could prepare a video presentation with subtitles. There are various options available to assist you in expressing yourself.

Finally, how do you picture the overall future cooperation between SISJAC and the ARC?

Dr. Matsuba: We hope to be able to set up a joint module with the ARC as part of our new MA program. An issue that we should consider when organizing the joint module is how to overcome the language barrier because familiarity at any level with the Japanese language is not a mandatory requirement of our MA program.

Besides this, we hope to continue our joint digital archiving workshops to learn and share best practices in Japan and the UK and to facilitate student exchanges. It certainly would be great if future joint research projects were built upon collaboration among our exchange students.

Dr. Matsuba, thank you very much for your time. We are very much looking forward to continue working with you.

(This interview was conducted by Yinzi Emily Li.)

January 20, 2022(Thu)

On January 19, 2022, the Heian-kyo Site Database--a project led by Prof. Keiji Yano (Deputy Director of the Art Research Center)--was featured in the NHK program 'まちに残る"平安京"を探せ!'.

Read more about the Heian-kyo Site Database:

Watch the video on the NHK website:

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