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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.

title01.jpg The cover of a dismantled Kabuki-za sujigaki from 1941.

title02.jpg Single volumes of the dismantled Kabuki-za sujigaki from 1941.

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.

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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)

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 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

The application for FY 2021 International Joint Research with Research Fund is open until Monday February 1, 2021, 10AM (JST). Successful projects will receive research funds from the ARC-iJAC.

Learn more about the application here.

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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.

The program

"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

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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.

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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

[イベント情報]
December 16, 2020(Wed)

The Art Research Center mourns the loss of Roger Keyes, a highly respected scholar and major contributor to the field of ukiyo-e prints.

Mr. Keyes, together with the late Peter Morse, compiled a catalogue raisonné of the single-sheet color woodblock prints of Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) between 1972 and 2007.

While the hard copy of the catalogue was donated to the Japanese Section, Department of Asia, at the British Museum, the digital archive of the catalogue raisonné was constructed by the Art Research Center.

Furthermore, the ARC has not only digitized but also holds some of his other original research notes.

In memoriam of Roger Keyes, the Japanese Art Society of America has published an interview of Roger Keyes (read the interview here) that was conducted by Timothy Clark, retired Head of the Japanese Section, Asia Department, at the British Museum.

We have become indebted to Mr. Keyes and would like to express our deepest gratitude to him.

Link to the Japanese Art Society of America:

https://www.japaneseartsoc.org/news

Hokusai Prints Catalogue Raisonné:

https://www.dh-jac.net/db1/booksrske/search.php

Hokusai Project Book Database:

https://www.dh-jac.net/db1/books/search_hokusai.php

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)

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