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December 20, 2021(Mon)

We are pleased to announce the Call for Manuscript Submissions for the Art Research Center's journal ART RESEARCH volume 22-2. The publication has been reborn as an online journal.

The purpose of the journal is to widely publicize the results of the research projects and activities conducted by the Art Research Center and its partner institutions and collaborative researchers. As an academic journal specializing in arts and culture, it has received many contributions from industry experts every year.

Since its establishment in 1998, the Art Research Center (ARC) has been selected for several national grants as a center of excellence for research in culture, art, and information science. In FY2019, the center assumed the role as the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art & Culture (ARC-iJAC) upon its accreditation by the MEXT as an International Joint Usage/Research Center. The ARC is highly regarded as a leading hub for the digital archiving of Japanese art and culture.

Our online journal will be published several times a year, and at the end of the fiscal year, a print booklet summarizing all contributions will be distributed..

By accepting manuscripts any time from now, we hope to greatly increase the submission opportunities for researchers.

We look forward to receiving your manuscript submission.

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The 95th International ARC Seminar will be held as a Webinar on Wednesday, December 8, starting at 18:00 JST.

The program is as follows:

Topic: To be announced

Speaker: Dr. Yingtao TIAN (Google Brain Tokyo) and Dr. Tarin CLANUWAT (ROIS-DS Center for Open Data in the Humanities / NII)


Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2021 18:00 - 19:30 JST

Participation: online via Zoom, free of charge (no reservation required)

*This Webinar is open to everyone, and non-ARC members are also invited to participate via YouTube.

The 94th International ARC Seminar will be held as a Webinar on Wednesday, November 17, starting at 18:00 JST.

The program is as follows:

Topic: To be announced

Speaker: Hidenori ONISHI (Visiting Researcher, Research Centre for Japanese Traditional Music, Kyoto City University of Arts)


Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2021 18:00 - 19:30 JST

Participation: online via Zoom, free of charge (no reservation required)

*This Webinar is open to everyone, and non-ARC members are also invited to participate via YouTube.

「Introducing an album of preliminary drawings by Katsushika Isai」

The 93rd International ARC Seminar will be held as a Webinar on Wednesday, November 10, starting at 18:00 JST.

The program is as follows:

Topic: Introducing an album of preliminary drawings by Katsushika Isai (葛飾為斎)

Speaker: Dr. Ellis TINIOS (Honorary Lecturer, University of Leeds, United Kingdom and ARC Visiting Researcher)


Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2021 18:00 - 19:30 JST

Participation: online via Zoom, free of charge (no reservation required)

*This Webinar is open to everyone, and non-ARC members are also invited to participate via YouTube.

今回は、AIによる翻刻支援と熟練チューターの添削を受けられます!!

 立命館大学アート・リサーチセンターでは、文部科学省国際共同利用共同研究拠点の研究支援活動および「国際日本研究」コンソーシアム公募事業の一環として、ARC古典籍ポータル・データベースと翻刻システムを使った古文献の解読講習会・錬成講座、ならびに古文献の解読を目指すプロジェクトの支援を実施しております。

 今回募集する第2Phaseでは、個人やグループが、それぞれに翻刻したい作品を選び、個別に翻刻プロジェクトを進めていくことができます。本講座では、AIによる翻刻支援システムが使えるのに加え、熟練の専門チューターが、各プロジェクトの翻刻結果を添削・指導します。

 10月22日(金)(午前9:30開始)のキックオフセミナーでは、国際日本文化研究センターの荒木浩先生によるくずし字翻刻にかかわるご講演、国内外から参加する翻刻プロジェクトやチューターの顔合わせ、実施方法の説明を行います。

 第1Phaseの説明会に参加できなかった方も、特定のテーマを持った研究プロジェクトとして翻刻を進められる場合、事前の使用方法の説明を受けた上、本講座に参加していただけることが可能です。

いずれも、参加費無料です。奮って、ご応募ください。


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October 20, 2021(Wed)

東南アジアにおける日本-インドネシア海事ネットワーク・ウエビナーシリーズ(第四回)

The 4th Japan-Indonesia Maritime Network in Southeast Asia Webinar

※Held in Indonesian.

Jointly hosted by the Research Center for Area Studies, Indonesian Instutite of Sciences (P2W-LIPI) and the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-IJAC) 'Digital Archiving of Indonesian Cultural Heritage and Development of 4D High-Definition Visualization Contents'.

Date: October 20, 2021, 15:00 - 17:00 (Indonesia time) / 17:00 - 19:00 JST

Speaker: Makoto ITO (Emeritus Professor, Tokyo Metropolitan University)

Title: Dari Makam Orang Okinawa Di Bitung Ke Komunitas Indonesia Di Oarai, Jepang.

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The Art Research Center (ARC) is delighted to announce the conclusion of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Research Center for Area Studies, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (P2W-LIPI).

A Framework for Collaborative Projects in Digital Humanities

The new MoU builds upon our first MoU signed with LIPI for four years in 2017 and marks a continuation of the successful and fruitful collaboration of both institutions thus far.

The MoU provides a stable framework to advance our collaborative projects in digital humanities, including the research and archival projects on Borobudur Temple, Liyangang site, and Punjulharjo site in Indonesia.

Furthermore, the MoU supports the organization of joint symposia, seminars, and conferences, as well as the exchange of scientists and scientific materials pertaining to our collaborative projects.

Project Spotlight: Digital Archiving of Borobudur Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage

1_borobudur_07.jpegOn the ARC side, Professor Satoshi Tanaka (College of Information Science and Engineering) has been leading the digital archiving project of Borobudur Temple that encompasses the ultra-high-quality 3D see-through visualization of this large-scale UNESCO World Heritage Site.

"Since we are the first foreign scientist team to conduct a 3D scanning of this vast archaeological site, it is a significant international joint research project for the Art Research Center," says Professor Tanaka.

He plans to create a next-generation, ultra-high-definition virtual reality tour of the temple compounds that will be made available on the internet and in local community centers in Indonesia, and a dynamical time-series visualization of the temple's building process.

Interview with Professor Satoshi Tanaka on Visualizing Large-Scale Cultural Heritage: https://www.arc.ritsumei.ac.jp/e/news/pc/007293.html

The crowdfunding initiative of Shochiku Otani Library in Tokyo that Professor Ryo Akama--Deputy Director of the Art Research Center--has been supporting in its digital-archiving activities was featured in the Tokyo Shimbun on October 17, 2021.

The article introduces the 10th anniversary of the crowdfunding initiative that aims at digitizing and making online available severely damaged materials in the library collection.

Nearly half of the donations for the crowdfunding initiative have been made by repeated users, and the number of young users who came to know about the library through crowdfunding has steadily increased.

yano_keiji_profile.jpgThe Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University, is delighted to announce the release of the 'Surname Map'--a research project led by Professor Keiji Yano (College of Letters), Deputy Director of the ARC.

Project Background

Until the end of the Edo period, Japanese surnames had exclusively been granted to the emperor, nobility, and samurais. Following the Meiji Restoration and the enactment of the family registration law in the early Meiji period, farmers and other commoners also began to adopt surnames.

With more than 100,000 different surnames, Japan is not only characterized by great diversity in surnames but also regional variations in their distribution.

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Based on big data of about 40 million surnames from Japanese telephone directories and large-scale residential maps, the Surname Map visualizes the contemporary spatial distribution of surnames across all prefectures in Japan.

This research began in 2005 when Professor Yano, then a visiting researcher at University College London (UCL), joined Professor Paul Longley's research project on surnames around the world at the Department of Geography, UCL.

Professor Longley had mapped surnames from the UK's 1881 Census of Individual Voters and the 1998 Electoral Roll to analyze the movement of surnames over more than a hundred years.

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In the UK, a country with an ethnically diverse population, he measured ethnic residential segregation by inferring ethnic origins from surnames.

For the project of Professor Longley to create a world map of surnames, Professor Yano provided the Japanese surnames.

Features of the Surname Map

The interactive map provides users with valuable insights into the geographic distribution of their individual surnames in a simple and illustrative manner.

Firstly, the map displays the frequency of a surname in absolute numbers (人数) and ranking according to prefectures.

Secondly, the map shows the relative degree of accumulation, i.e., how evenly a surname is distributed throughout the country, with the specialization coefficient (特化係数).

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An option is available to display the absolute numbers and specialization coefficient on two maps side by side.

Furthermore, the distribution trends of two surnames can be compared side by side.

Explore Regional Variations

The map enables users to explore and identify the geographic concentration and regional clusters of surnames.

For instance, the map reveals that some surnames are particularly unique to a region, such as 'Ganaha' (我那覇) in Okinawa.

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In the case of Okinawa, the heavy concentration of 'Ganaha' (我那覇) has been considered a result of the relative isolation of the Ryukyu Islands that has led to minimal surname exchange with mainland Japan, whereas there are different reasons for other localities, such as government policy implications on the settlement of Hokkaido.

Current & Future Research Endeavors

Professor Yano's Surname Map builds on the growing interest in the regional analysis of surnames in Japan and other parts of the world.

As in the UK, there exists no exhaustive historical surname data for the whole country in Japan. For Kyoto, however, a database has been created as part of the Virtual Kyoto Project--another project led by Professor Yano. He is working on establishing links within this data that comprise name data from land registry maps from the end of the Meiji period (1868-1912), telephone directories, and the names of people in commerce and industry during the Taisho period (1912-1926).

Other projects include an investigation in the hometowns of the Tonden soldiers (屯田兵) and migration flows of their descendants, identifying the hometowns of Nikkei (日系人) who emigrated from Japan, as well as a study of population movements in local areas of Japan over the past fifteen years, linking them to the census data at town and village levels.

Finally, Professor Yano is pursuing the possibility of digital humanities research on surnames, including the relationship between surnames and the name of places.

<Access the Surname Map>

<Access the UK project 'Named by PublicProfiler' of University College London (UCL)>

The Surname Map has been created by Ritsumeikan University in cooperation with Acton Winds Co., Ltd.

Further reading:

1. Cheshire, J.A., Longley, P.A., Yano, K. and Nakaya, T. (2014), Japanese surname regions. Pap Reg Sci, 93: 539-555. https://doi.org/10.1111/pirs.12002

2. Longley, P.A., Singleton, A. D., Yano, K. & Nakaya. T. (2010), Lost in Translation: Cross-Cultural Experiences in Teaching Geo-Genealogy. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 34:1, 21-38. DOI: 10.1080/03098260902982476

3. Yano, K. (2007), GIS based Japanese family name maps and their potential in Geographic Information Science. Jinmoncom 2007, 47-54. (in Japanese with English abstract): http://id.nii.ac.jp/1001/00100574/

The 92nd International ARC Seminar will be held as a Webinar on Wednesday, October 13, starting at 18:00 JST.

The program is as follows:

Topic: A 60-minute introduction to the right-clearance for building and exploiting digital archives 「60分でマスターする、デジタルアーカイブ構築と発信の権利入門」

Speaker: Kensaku FUKUI (Representative Partner / Attorney, Kotto Dori Law Office, Tokyo)


Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2021 18:00 - 19:30 JST

Participation: Online via Zoom, free of charge (no reservation required)

*This Webinar is open to everyone, and non-ARC members are also invited to participate via YouTube.

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