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The 78th International ARC Seminar took place on Wednesday, December 2. This year, the seminars have been held online to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

For those who were unable to attend the 78th International ARC Seminar, we have made the video available online until the end of January 2021.

The program was as follows:

"Tsuda Seifu's beginnings as a Kyoto design artist" (in English)

Speaker: Prof. Scott JOHNSON (Emeritus Professor, Kansai University)


[On copyright of Tsuda Seifu's artworks]

In his Kyoto years, Tsuda Seifu's woodblock printed art was the product of publishers who owned the blocks, and therefore controlled publication rights. The artist was paid at the time of original publication, and his rights were then taken over by the publishers. This was the "hanmoto" tradition, carrying on from the Edo period. I would like to thank the Unkindo/Unsodo publisher descendants, who graciously allowed me to use images of Tsuda's artworks for this YouTube video. (Scott Johnson)

The Art Research Center (ARC) is pleased to announce that a special video of Mio no Kai (澪の会), which could not take place on December 7, 2020, has been released and will be available online.

Please click here to watch the video PART 1.

Please click here to watch the video PART 2.

Please click here to watch the video PART 3.

Background

Kyomai refers to the Kyoto style of the Japanese traditional dance expressed by the Inoue school that is based in the geisha district of Gion, Kyoto. The Inoue style is the only dance form studied by the geiko (geisha) and maiko (apprentice geisha) in the center of Gion district, and it incorporates influences from the traditional Japanese noh dramas as well as joruri puppet theater performances.

With a history extending back to the Edo period (1603 to 1868), the Inoue style of kyomai has been passed from generation to generation by a succession of female dance artists. The current headmaster of the Inoue school is Yachiyo Inoue V, designated as a Living National Treasure by the Japanese government.

Mio no Kai (澪の会)

Mio no Kai (澪の会) was started as a study session by Yachiyo Inoue V in 1981 using the rehearsal hall in Shinmonzen, Kyoto.

As it is a rare and sophisticated dance performance by the headmaster of the Inoue school, Yachiyo Inoue V, this event has been widely known across Japan, attracting both the citizens of Kyoto as well as many people from the Kanto area.

Mio no Kai (澪の会) is usually held four times a year (April, June, September, and December). However, due to the impact of COVID-19, it has not taken place this year.

Therefore, we are even more pleased to share this video of Mio no Kai (澪の会) online for the people who were looking forward to the event and to provide an opportunity for a broader audience outside of Japan to watch the kyomai dance.

While the performance is usually held on a relatively small scale in the rehearsal hall in Kyoto with an audience limited to around 70 people, please take this unique opportunity to watch the performance from home.

The ARC's Involvement

Based on the agreement with the Katayama Family Foundation for the Preservation of Noh and Traditional Kyoto Dance, the Art Research Center has been in charge of the production (recording and editing) and distribution of this video.

Furthermore, master's students of Digital Humanities for Arts and Cultures, the Graduate School of Letters, Ritsumeikan University, have participated in this video production.

We sincerely hope that you will enjoy this video and spread the word to your friends and family.

The 78th International ARC Seminar will be held as a Webinar on Wednesday, December 2, starting at 18:00 JST.

The program is as follows:

"Tsuda Seifu's beginnings as a Kyoto design artist" (in English)

Speaker: Prof. Scott JOHNSON (Emeritus Professor, Kansai University)

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Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020 18:00 - 19:30 JST

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

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

Please click here to watch the Webinar on YouTube.

The 77th International ARC Seminar will be held as a Webinar on Wednesday, November 25, starting at 18:00 JST.

The program is as follows:

1. "Some Knowledge through the Exploration of Dice Gambling in Asia" (in Japanese)

Speaker: Mr. UMEBAYASHI Isao (Part-time Lecturer, Shitennoji University)

Seminar handout part 1 (free to download)

Seminar handout part 2 (free to download)

2. "Images x Communities: Reviving Communities by the Power of Images" (in Japanese)

Speaker: Mr. MIYATA Yuuji (Ph.D. Candidate, Digital Humanities for Arts and Cultures, Graduate School of Letters, Ritsumeikan University)

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Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2020 18:00 - 19:30 JST

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

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

Please click here to watch the Webinar on YouTube.

Ako City has started to hold the online exhibition Head of the Loyal Warriors: Oboshi Yuranosuke (「義士の頭領・大星由良之助」) from Saturday, November 14, using the Virtual Institute platform of the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC).

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Ako City and the Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University, have been promoting the digital archiving of ukiyo-e with the theme of Chushingura and have made the ukiyo-e collection of Chushingura held by Ako City open to the public.

Since 2019, the ARC and Ako City have been working to hold digital exhibitions centered on the works in its database for the purpose of developing database operation methods and promoting their utilization.

In this exhibition, we are introducing a collection of works depicting Oboshi Yuranosuke (or Oishi Kuranosuke), the protagonist of the play Chushingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers). Based on a historical event, Chushingura tells the story of forty-seven loyal retainers from the Ako domain led by Yuranosuke who avenged their lord's death. This year, the second online exhibition entitled Head of the Loyal Warriors: Oboshi Yuranosuke has been now made available to the public.

You can enjoy various "cool" images of Yuranosuke, such as scenes when he appears, scenes of the famous actors playing the role of Yuranosuke, and scenes depicting him in the act of revenge.

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

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

The 76th International ARC Seminar will be held as a Webinar on Wednesday, November 11, starting at 18:00 JST.

The program is as follows:

"Book design and the presentation of text in hanpon" (in English)

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

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Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2020 18:00 - 19:30 JST

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

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

Please click here to watch the Webinar on YouTube.



takeuchi_michitakanosekai.jpgのサムネイル画像The Art Research Center is pleased to announce that The World of the Takeuchi Dokei Collection (『竹内道敬文庫の世界』), a treasure trove of early modern Japanese music materials, has been released.

With the aim to digitize and publish one of the representative collections of the Kunitachi College of Music Library - the collection of Takeuchi Dokei - the Art Research Center has been collaborating with the library to release the official version of The World of Takeuchi Dokei and make it available on the ARC's Virtual Institute: https://www.arc.ritsumei.ac.jp/e/v_institute/.

The Takeuchi Dokei Collection is the world's largest collection of modern Japanese music, especially regarding shamisen music, with over 10,000 items in total, including nishiki-e (woodblock prints), music books, and banzuke (playbills).

While we had previously released the nishiki-e database in March 2019, we officially launch an online digital exhibition this time based on the Kunitachi College of Music 90th Anniversary Project: Takeuchi Dokei Collection Nishiki-e Picture Book. At the same time, the entire banzuke collection (over 5,600 items) with the focus on kabuki and joruri theater playbills will be made available to the public from our banzuke database.

Please feel free to use this as an online hub for your research on Japanese music: https://www.arc.ritsumei.ac.jp/lib/vm/kunitake/.

As we strive to continue with the digital archiving of music books to release them in the next fiscal year and beyond, please visit our website again in the future.

Furthermore, our digital exhibition is also accessible from the top page of the Kunitachi College of Music Library: https://www.lib.kunitachi.ac.jp/.

BM-2020.3015.046.jpgThe Art Research Center is pleased to announce that the group of drawings by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) made for a book called Great Picture Book of Everything (『万物絵本大全図』) and published online by the British Museum on September 3, 2020, is now also available in the ARC database.

The metadata in the ARC's database is more detailed than the original database due to the additional information provided with the ARC's own research.

<Background>

The existence of these drawings that were formerly owned by Parisian jeweler and art collector Henri Vever had been unknown to the wider world for 70 years after they were sold at an auction. It was only last year when they were finally re-discovered and acquired by the British Museum.

In a total of 103 drawings, Hokusai depicted a wide range of subjects related to natural phenomena, landscapes, ancient China, India and Southeast Asia, amongst others. The discovery of these drawings is especially significant as they stem from a period in the artist's career, the late 1820s, where he was previously thought to have created relatively little due to a series of difficult personal challenges. However, this group of drawings actually marks a turning point in the artist's career, giving him a new burst of creativity that was to be reflected in his subsequent famous print series, Thirty-Six Views of Mt Fuji (c. 1831-1833).

Ukiyo-e Portal Database:

https://www.dh-jac.net/db/nishikie/results.php?f1=BM-2020.3015&-max=50&enter=portal&lang=ja (in Japanese)

https://www.dh-jac.net/db/nishikie/results.php?f1=BM-2020.3015&-max=50&enter=portal&lang=en (in English)

The Early Japanese Books Portal Database

https://www.dh-jac.net/db1/books/BM-2020.3015/portal/

The published images were taken by Art Research Center staff.

<Cooperation with the British Museum>

The ARC has been engaging in the digitization of the British Museum's Japan-related artworks for more than 10 years.

While the artworks that have been digitized by the ARC are available in the British Museum's collection search system, they are also published online by the ARC based on the contractual terms, and many items are only available in the ARC database.

Please refer to the ARC's databases for the British Museum below.

The British Museum Japanese Old Books Database (1,567 items)

https://www.dh-jac.net/db1/books/search_bm.php (in Japanese)

https://www.dh-jac.net/db1/books/search_bm.php?lang=en (in English)

Ukiyo-e Online Database for the Collection of the British Museum (20,436 items)

https://www.dh-jac.net/db/nishikie/search_bm.php?lang=ja (in Japanese)

https://www.dh-jac.net/db/nishikie/search_bm.php?lang=en (in English)

The 75th International ARC Seminar will be held as a Webinar on Wednesday, October 28, starting at 18:00 JST.

The program is as follows:

"Some Thoughts on 『改正絵入南都名所記 (Kaisei e iri Nanto meishoki)--Regarding the Characteristics and Sources of its Illustrations" (in Japanese)

Speaker: Mr. ATAKA Nozomu (Ph.D. Candidate, Digital Humanities for Arts and Cultures, Graduate School of Letters, Ritsumeikan University)

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Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 18:00 - 18:45 JST

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

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

Please click here to watch the Webinar on YouTube.

[イベント情報]
October 27, 2020(Tue)

With the establishment of the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC) last year, the Art Research Center strives to push internationalization of research activities that transcends disciplines and geographic boundaries.
Warm greetings from Ritsumeikan University's Kinugasa Campus, Kyoto:

NEWS

Important Notice: Temporary closure of the Art Research Center for visitors effective from April 8, 2020 in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read more >>
Special video of the Mio no Kai (澪の会) traditional Kyoto dance performance available on YouTube until Dec. 6, 2020

With a history extending back to the Edo period, Kyomai (Kyoto style of the Japanese traditional dance) has been passed from generation to generation by the Inoue school whose current headmaster Yachiyo Inoue V has been designated as a Living National Treasure by the Japanese government.
Started as a study session by Yachiyo Inoue V in 1981, Mio no Kai (澪の会) is usually held four times a year with an audience limited to just 70 persons. Due to COVID-19, however, the event was cancelled this year. Instead, we provide you with the unique opportunity to watch this performance online.

Based on the agreement with the Katayama Family Foundation for the Preservation of Noh and Traditional Kyoto Dance, the ARC has been in charge of the video recording, editing and distribution. Read more >>
An Interview with Prof. Keiji Yano, Deputy Director of the ARC
Professor Yano, an expert in the field of human geography and geographical information science, talks about digitizing the historical city of Kyoto and preserving cultural heritage. He supervised the recent launch of the Gion Festival Digital Museum, a bilingual online platform with cultural resources related to the Gion Festival and the city of Kyoto, digitally archived by the ARC over several years. Read more >>
This video introduces the contents of the Gion Festival Digital Museum and provides an overview of the site's features and navigation.
The ARC Day 2020
The ARC Day, an annual event where the faculty members of the Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University, introduce their research projects for the new fiscal yearin brief presentations, was held as a web event on Saturday, August 1, 2020.
For the first time, four collaborative research projects with the common theme「"遊び": アート・エンターテインメント研究」 ("Play": Art Entertainment) were presented with the purpose to develop research activities that further integrate humanities and sciences to create new future directions for the ARC while fostering graduate students and young researchers.
Click here for details and handouts >>
The Katayama Noh Online Special Performance in Nagoya available on YouTube until Oct. 10, 2021
The ARC has been working with the Katayama Family that holds an invaluable position as nohgaku performers in Kyoto, to film and digitally archive their performances for over 20 years.
This video is released as a result of the research project "Study on the Effective Promotion of Noh Theater to the Global Audience", conducted by the Katayama Family Foundation for the Preservation of Noh and Traditional Kyoto Dance and the ARC.
It is one of the FY 2020 Adopted Joint Research Projects (International Joint Research to Utilize the Center's Facilities and Equipment) of the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC). Read more>>
≪New Series≫ Introducing ARC Databases:
Film and Drama Scripts Database (シナリオデータベース)
Background:
  • Based on bibliographic information on approximately 40,000 film and drama scripts in the collection of Waseda University's Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum that had been deposited at the ARC from 1997 to 2002.
  • Mainly film and drama scripts of the early days of television from the 1940s to the beginning of the Heisei era (1989).
What's Next:
  • The ARC is going to expand this database by digitizing the contents of around 4000 of these scripts that have been left at the ARC as duplicates, for the purpose of research only.
  • With a basis for new research opportunities being provided, researchers will be able to analyze, compare and contrast the contents of popular Japanese film and drama scripts, which have not been digitally available before, using AI technology.
To steadily enrich our database, we are more than happy to hear from you if you would like to contribute to our database with your script.
Upcoming Events
Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 18:00-18:45
75th International ARC Seminar (Webinar)
"Some Thoughts on 『改正絵入南都名所記 (Kaisei e iri Nanto meishoki)』--Regarding the Characteristics and Sources of its Illustrations"
Speaker: Mr. Nozomu ATAKA (Ph.D. Candidate, Digital Humanities for Arts and Cultures, Graduate School of Letters, Ritsumeikan University)
Watch online
Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 18:00-19:30
76th International ARC Seminar (Webinar)
"Thoughts on Edo-period book design"
Speaker: Dr. Ellis TINIOS (Honorary Lecturer, University of Leeds, UK)
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