［イベント情報］[Application is closed] "Kuzushiji" Training Course to Decipher Japanese Cursive Script Supported by the ARC Transcription SystemMay 14, 2021(Fri)
Accredited by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) as the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC) in 2019, the Art Research Center at Ritsumeikan University is a leading hub for international joint research in Japanese art and culture with a focus on Digital Humanities.
As part of the ARC-iJAC research support activities, we are pleased to announce that we are going to hold a workshop and training course on deciphering early Japanese books written in Japanese cursive script (kuzushiji) using the ARC's Early Japanese Book Portal Database and transcription system, as well as to support projects aiming at deciphering early Japanese books.
The training course will be divided into the first and the second semester. The first semester will be focusing on basic knowledge of transcription and how to use the system, to enable students to obtain reading skills to some extent.
In the second semester, students at beginner and intermediate levels will transcribe literary works of their choice. Experienced staff will check the transcribed text and provide guidance through the system.
Furthermore, if you would like to use the transcription system as part of a research project with a specific theme, you are free to use the system after receiving instructions on how to use it.
All training is provided free of charge.
If you are interested in participating in our training course, please register by filling in our application form. (Applications will be closed when the maximum capacity is reached.)
Phase 1: Training Course for Beginners and Intermediate Level
This is a training course for deciphering kuzushiji using the ARC transcription system. It is slightly different from other kuzushiji courses that teach you how to read as you will train your ability to decipher the script while reading by yourself.
Details of Implementation:
1. How to use the ARC transcription system + training using the system
2. Date and time: May 14 (Fri), May 28 (Fri), June 18 (Fri), 2021 / Session A (starts at 9:00 JST), Session B (starts at 21:00 JST) ⇒ Each session will last for 90 minutes.
3. Number of participants: 8 per session (Those who will start at the 3rd phase of the project will be accepted separately.)
4. Target group: Beginners to intermediate learners who want to be able to transcribe early Japanese books by themselves.
5. Materials for the beginner to intermediate level will be provided by the organizer.
⇒ Held online via Zoom using the ARC Early Japanese Book Portal DB (with transcription and support system)
※You may also sign up if you would like to learn how to use the system to start from Phase 3 immediately.
Phase 2: Hands-on Experience in the Transcription System for Beginners and Intermediate Level
Participants will select the literary works they wish to decipher individually and carry out the transcription using the ARC transcription system. Results will be corrected by our experienced staff.
Furthermore, we will provide answers for undeciphered characters using the ARC transcription guidance function.
Participants will be able to proceed with the reading while receiving feedback and suggestions.
Details of Implementation:
1. Please participate in Phase 1 to understand how to use the system.
2. Please register for an individual project to start with.
3. Implementation period: From late September 2021 to March 2022
4. Number of participants: Approximately 5, on an individual or group basis
5. Target group: Those who have attended Phase 1 of the course
⇒ After a general meeting via Zoom in late September, transcription and correction will be carried out using the ARC Early Japanese Book Portal DB.
Phase 3: Research Project-based Usage
A research group led by a researcher who is already able to read kuzushiji to some extent can proceed with the transcription for a specific purpose.
In addition to the ARC transcription system, transcription support system, search function for transcribed text (display of search results with context) and the storage system for modern translations that are currently in operation, a comprehensive digital text utilization system will be available, including functions for annotating and translating texts that have been created (in preparation for full-scale operation starting from fall 2021).
Details of Implementation:
1. In Phase 1, you can start your project after receiving training on how to use our system.
2. For any questions and concerns about the system, support is available from the Technical Support Board of the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC).
3. Implementation period: From June 2021 onwards
4. To start with, please register for the project category D. International Joint Research to Utilize the Center's Facilities and Equipment of the ARC-iJAC.
5. Target group: Anyone whose project comprises a large amount of material to be transcribed and who wishes to create a text of the transcription in the ARC portal database is welcome to participate.
In charge of the training course: Ryo Akama and Nozomu Ataka
Read more>>［イベント情報］【Application is closed】FY 2020 Joint Research to Utilize the Center's Facilities and Equipment - Call for ApplicationMarch 31, 2021(Wed)
The Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University, has been actively promoting cooperative research between the humanities and cutting-edge information technology, with a strong focus on digital archiving of Japanese cultural properties, both tangible and intangible. The ARC has been selected as an International Joint Usage/Research Center Program by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan, in October 2019.
With the establishment of the Digital Archive Research Center for Japanese Cultural Resources, we are pleased to invite researchers to submit joint research proposals to facilitate research and/or utilization of Japanese cultural resources through their digital archiving and database building.
The research leader of the joint research team should be a faculty member/researcher/curator who belongs to a university or a research institution within and outside Japan.
Note: a graduate student cannot be a leader.
The joint research team as an organization
1. A research team consists of a researcher (its research leader) or researchers (its research leader and co-researchers).
2. While it is recommended that the team include a faculty member of the Art Research Center* as its team member, you can apply without an ARC member, as well. If that is the case, we may assign a member to join the team as its coordinator.
*In this case, the ARC faculty does not include senior researchers, postdoctoral fellows, researchers, and visiting researchers.
3. You can recruit (an) additional member(s) after your proposal is selected. The ARC will assist the recruitment.
The date when your research proposal is accepted to the end of the fiscal year
E. NAKAMURA, Y. FUKATSU and K.MURAI
Office of the Art Research Center
Research Office at Kinugasa Campus
E-mail：r-darc (at) st.ritsumei.ac.jp (change "at" to @)［イベント情報］Digital Archiving Project about Programs of the Kabuki-za Theater in Tokyo from its Establishment in 1889 to the Pre-war Period has been launchedMarch 26, 2021(Fri)
A research project of the Shochiku Otani Library, adopted by the ARC-iJAC, to digitize and publish the pre-war programs of the Kabuki-za Theatre in Tokyo held by the library has been launched at the Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University. These programs are also called ehon yakuwari (絵本役割) and sujigaki (筋書).
In preparation for digital photography, the bound programs are currently dismantled into single volumes by having their glue and fasteners removed. It is also a crucial part of the digitization process to examine the condition of the materials beforehand and to dismantle and repair them as necessary.
When a book is split into single volumes, it is possible to photograph the individual pages in a flat position by pressing them evenly against a glass plate from above, resulting in beautiful images with minimum distortion.
Please watch our video documenting this process on the ARC-iJAC's video platform ARCtube:
This digital archiving project is funded through a crowdfunding campaign launched by the Shochiku Otani Library in 2020.
Based on the agreement between the Shochiku Otani Library and the Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University, the digitized programs will be integrated into the Shochiku Otani Library's Shibai Banzuke Browsing System and made available online.［イベント情報］ARC Releases PV "Welcome to the Art Research Center 2021" to Introduce the Center's International Research Activities (in English)March 1, 2021(Mon)
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.
[Long version]［イベント情報］Ritsumeikan Center for Game Studies (RCGS) wins the "2020 Digital Archive Industry Awards (2020デジタルアーカイブ産業賞)"March 1, 2021(Mon)
The database "RCGS Collection" of the Ritsumeikan Center for Game Studies (RCGS), established in collaboration with the ARC, has been awarded the "2020 Digital Archive Industry Awards (2020デジタルアーカイブ産業賞)".
Our warmest congratulations!
Please click here for details. (in Japanese)［イベント情報］FY2020 Annual Report Meeting / International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC) & Program for Supporting Research Center Formation, Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan UniversityFebruary 19, 2021(Fri)
Date : Friday, February 19, 13:00～17:50 (JST) and Saturday, February 20, 13:00～17:50 (JST)
Venue : Online（Zoom, YouTube）
Organised by：International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC) & Program for Supporting Research Center Formation, Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University
※This event is open to everyone, and non-ARC members are also invited to participate via the following link:
ARC Youtube Channel
Program ※Please note that the program may be subject to change.
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 ①「The 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［イベント情報］【Application is closed】Call for Application (Deadline: 10AM, February 1) - FY 2021 International Joint Research with Research Fund, ARC-iJACFebruary 1, 2021(Mon)［イベント情報］December 24, 2020(Thu)
Every year in autumn, The Japan Foundation Kyoto Office organizes an event called "An Evening of Noh and Kyogen" to give people an opportunity to experience traditional Japanese culture, inviting international students, Japan Foundation Fellows, and those enrolled at the Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai to join in this event.
This year, however, the outbreak of COVID-19 has resulted in travel restrictions, making it difficult for students and scholars of Japanese Studies abroad to come to Japan.
To minimize the risk of virus transmission, the Japan Foundation Kyoto Office will take a new approach to this year's event in cooperation with the Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University, by filming the productions without an audience and releasing the video to the public free of charge for one year from December 24, 2020, at 14:00.
"An Evening of Noh and Kyogen"
Noh: Kanze School Noh actor KATAYAMA Kuroemon in "Shari (The Bones of Buddha)"
Kyogen: Okura School Kyogen actor SHIGEYAMA Sengoro in "Shimizu (A Servant for Better Working Conditions)"
*Both productions will be presented with English synopsis.
Japan Foundation An Evening of Noh and Kyogen 2020:https://www.jpf.go.jp/e/world/kyoto/2020/12-01.html［イベント情報］【Application closed】10th Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities - Call for Presenters (Deadline: January 12, 2021)December 17, 2020(Thu)
The 10th Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities will be held online on Saturday, February 13, 2021. We are now calling for presenters to join this event.
Application method and deadline:
Please submit your research topic and a research abstract (no more than 200 words) by email to kacimeeting+2021■gmail.com (please change "■" to "@").
The application deadline is Tuesday, January 12, 2021.
Presentation time: About 20 minutes including questions (to be adjusted according to the number of presenters).
*Presentation time and instructions for submitting presentation materials will be sent to the presenters after the deadline.
Participation fee: Free of charge
*Furthermore, a social gathering (held online) is planned after the presentations.Read more>>［イベント情報］December 16, 2020(Wed)
The Noh performance "Ikkaku Sennin" by the Katayama Family Foundation for the Preservation of Noh and Traditional Kyoto Dance is available online as part of the Agency for Cultural Affairs' program to provide cultural and art experiences for school children across Japan. Based on the agreement with the Foundation, the ARC provided technical support in making the video.
The fans of Noh and children who watch Noh for the first time can both enjoy the performance as the video is made child-friendly with the explanations of the story and the scenes shown with furigana (reading aid which indicates kanji pronunciation).
Noh "Ikkaku Sennin (一角仙人)"
Planning and production by the Katayama Family Foundation for the Preservation of Noh and Kyoto Dance, in cooperation with the Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University
Click here to watch the video → https://www.kodomogeijutsu.go.jp/video/traditional/f93.html
Learn more about "Ikkaku Sennin" and Noh performance (in Japanese) → https://www.kodomogeijutsu.go.jp/junkai/dl/program/r02/h93.pdf
Learn more about 令和２年度文化庁「文化芸術による子供育成総合事業−巡回公演事業−」(The Agency for Cultural Affairs' program to provide cultural and art experiences for school children across Japan) (in Japanese) → https://www.kodomogeijutsu.go.jp