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With the establishment of the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC) in 2019, the Art Research Center strives to push the internationalization of research activities that transcend disciplines and geographic boundaries.
April 7, 2022: Cherry blossoms in full bloom
on Kinugasa Campus, Ritsumeikan University.

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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.
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Start of the International Joint Research Project 'Creative Collaborations: Salons and Networks in Kyoto and Osaka 1780-1880' supported by UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) and JSPS
Led by Prof. Ryo Akama, the current Director of the ARC, and Dr. Akiko Yano, Curator in the Department of Asia at the British Museum, the project analyzes the cultural and social impact of art and literary salons and collective creation of art (gassaku) in early modern Japan, particularly the Kyoto-Osaka region.
Research outcomes will be presented in an exhibition at the British Museum in 2024. >>Read more.
5,100 volumes of nagauta shohon (thin lyric booklets) in the Michitaka Takeuchi Collection are available in the ARC Virtual Institute
We are pleased to announce that 5,100 volumes of nagauta shohon (長唄正本) in the Michitaka Takeuchi Collection, one of the most extensive collections on early modern Japanese music held by the Kunitachi College of Music Library, have been released. >>Read more.
>>Go to the ARC Virtual Institute.
As a prototype project to build bridges of scientific collaboration between Ritsumeikan University, NRIAG & the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST), Dr. Soliman started his international joint research project 'Qait'bay Citadel (1477-1479): Visualizing the Main Coastal Fortification of Medieval Alexandria, Egypt' in the fiscal year 2021 supported by the ARC-iJAC.
>> Read the interview.
Video available! The Chūshingura Ukiyo-e International Symposium
The Chūshingura Ukiyo-e International Symposium--Spreading the Legend of Chūshingura to the World--was held in collaboration with Ako City on February 11, 2022.
We are very grateful to Prof. Gerstle, Dr. Bergmann, Mr. Ishibashi and Prof. Shimazaki for being our guest speakers.
Online Exhibition 'Encountering Asia: Traveling, Imagination, and Creation of Arts'
The online exhibition was jointly held by Ritsumeikan University's Asia-Japan Research Institute and the ARC from March 1-31, 2022.
A part of the exhibition remains open to the public after the exhibition period.
>>Read more.
>>Go to exhibition.
Visit to Nara Prefecture Historical and Artistic Culture Complex
Prof. Satoshi Tanaka (College of Information Science and Engineering, RU) and Prof. Kyoko Hasegawa (Research Organization of Science and Technology, RU) visited the recently opened Nara Prefecture Historical and Artistic Culture Complex.
As part of the research collaboration between Nara Prefecture and the ARC, they have been leading a project on the digital archiving and 3D visualization of Taimadera Temple in Nara, a national treasure. This summer, they will showcase the outcomes of this research project in the Nara Prefecture Historical and Artistic Culture Complex.

Concluding the fiscal year, the FY 2021 Annual Report Meeting was held on February 25 & 26, 2022 via Zoom.
>>Click here for the program.

Furthermore, we have announced the FY 2022 International Joint Research Projects
adopted by the ARC-iJAC.
March 20, 2022: Graduation Ceremony Day at Ritsumeikan University.
Our warmest congratulations to Shiori Totsuka, Mikiharu Takeuchi, Risako Hirano, and Toshinari Tsuji, who have been engaged in the research activities of the Art Research Center!
Upcoming Events
April 27 (Wed), 2022, 18:00-19:30
100th International ARC Seminar
Speaker: Yoshiyuki Senkai (Executive Board Member and Director, Itsuō Art Museum; Ichizo Kobayashi Memorial Museum; and Ikeda Bunko, Hankyu Culture Foundation)

Topic: KOBAYASHI, Ichizo: Social and Cultural Projects as the Two Wheels of his Business (「小林一三 ─社会事業・文化事業をビジネスの両輪に」)
>>Watch live broadcast on YouTube


May 11 (Wed), 2022, 18:00-19:30
101st International ARC Seminar
Speaker: Dr Nadine Willems (Lecturer in Japanese History, School of History, University of East Anglia)

Topic: Going to War During the Taisho Period: Japan's Siberian Intervention of 1918-1922 as Illustrated by the Pictorial Diaries of Infantryman Takeuchi Tadao
>>Watch live broadcast on YouTube
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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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With the establishment of the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC) in 2019, the Art Research Center strives to push the internationalization of research activities that transcend disciplines and geographic boundaries.

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ARC is delighted to announce the conclusion of an MoU with the Research Center for Area Studies, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (P2W-LIPI).
Building upon our first MoU signed in 2017, this MoU provides a stable framework to advance our collaborative projects in digital humanities, including the ultra-high-quality 3D see-through visualization of Borobudur Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Indonesia. >>Read more.
"Bringing people together in international, interdisciplinary projects like this is of utmost importance," says Prof. Kinski.
'Edo Period Map goes Digital - The On Edo ezu as an Interactive Resource' served to strengthen the intrinsic motivation of students in Germany to explore Edo Japan.
>>Read full interview.
With the release of the online database of the Teiji Kojima Collection--a treasure trove of sumo banzuke and old sumo documents--the ARC launched the Sumo Digital Institute. It also links to well-preserved sumo paintings held by Museum Volkenkunde, Leiden (NL). >>Read more.
>>Go to Sumo Digital Institute.
The Surname Map visualizes the contemporary geographic distribution of surnames across Japan. Simply input a Japanese surname and explore its frequency, how evenly it is distributed and regional variations.
This research began in 2005 when Prof. Keiji Yano, then a visiting researcher at University College London (UCL), joined Prof. Paul Longley's project on surnames around the world. >>Read more.
>>Go to Surname Map.
Held by the Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library, the Asahi Shimbun Collection of Shibai Banzuke is now available in the ARC Shibai Banzuke (Kabuki Playbills) Portal Database.
ARC is working on completing a large-scale database with almost 4,600 items within the next three years. >>Read more.
>>Explore database.
ARC Days 2021 were held on July 30 & 31, 2021
Organized by the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC), Art Research Center, and the Program for Supporting Research Center Formation, Ritsumeikan University. >>See program.
[Videos] Discover Japanese Legends of the Supernatural World with ARC & Japan Search
Based on the ARC digital exhibition 'Japanese Legends of the Supernatural World' (日本の伝説 異界展), Japan Search launched an online gallery.
Upcoming Events
Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 18:00-19:30
93rd International ARC Seminar (Webinar)
Topic: Introducing an album of preliminary drawings by Katsushika Isai
(葛飾為斎)
Speaker: Dr. Ellis Tinios (Honorary Lecturer, University of Leeds, UK)

Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 18:00-19:30
94th International ARC Seminar (Webinar)
Topic: To be announced
Speaker: Hidenori Onishi (Visiting Researcher, Research Centre for Japanese Traditional Music, Kyoto City University of Arts)


Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 18:00-19:30
95th International ARC Seminar (Webinar)
Topic: To be announced

Speaker: Dr. Yingtao Tian and Dr. Tarin Clanuwat (Google Brain Tokyo)
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With the establishment of the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC) in 2019, the Art Research Center strives to push the internationalization of research activities that transcend disciplines and geographic boundaries.

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Reborn as an online journal ・Manuscripts are accepted any time!
Next deadline: August 31 (Tues), 2021, 24:00 (JST)
Save the Date!      <ARC Days 2021>
July 30 (Fri), 13:00-17:05 & July 31 (Sat), 2021, 10:00-16:40 (JST)
Daan has been at the forefront of a joint research project with the ARC to digitize the Japan Collection of the Museum Volkenkunde (Leiden), part of the National Museum of World Cultures.
He explains how the database, comprised of the collection of P. F. von Siebold, amongst others, significantly facilitates the accessibility to the artworks for the Japanese-speaking audience.
>>Read the interview.
>>Access the database.
ARC Launches the Gion Festival Digital Museum 2021
A variety of cultural resources related to the festival are showcased based on the spatiotemporal information that Prof. Keiji Yano (ARC Deputy Director) and his team digitally archived. Experience the charm and history of the festival virtually! >>Read more.
Together with the Asahi Shimbun, the ARC-iJAC co-organized the symposium to build momentum for the long-awaited return of the Takayama float to the Yamahoko Junko in 2022. >> Read more.
As part of the ARC-iJAC research support activities, Prof. Akama has launched an online course to train researchers in using the ARC Transcription Support System to read kuzushiji. >>Read more.
Prof. Yoshio Nakatani, Chancellor of the Ritsumeikan Trust, expressed that the symposium, held under the theme Japan-China Cultural Exchange and New Coordinates for the Humanities, is an excellent opportunity to promote research, academic exchange, and friendship with Tsinghua University and Chinese scholars. >>Read more
Prof. Ryo Akama explained how to master the skill of digital archiving with Japanese hanging scrolls as a practical example.
The first of a bilingual video series, the workshop served as a prototype for online training in various skills and methods of digital archiving Japanese artworks. >>Read more.
Using state-of-the-art machine learning models, Y. Tian (Google Brain) and members of the ROIS-DS Center for Open Data in the Humanities (CODH) have published a paper on "Ukiyo-e Analysis and Creativity with Attribute and Geometry Annotation," based on the ARC Ukiyo-e Portal Database.
>>Read more
Topic:
The Problem of Distance in Digital Art History: Using the ResearchSpace Knowledge System to Capture Research Methods and Thinking.
Organized by JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles, Prof. Akama discussed the historical development of ukiyo-e prints in the 19th century that featured demons, ghosts, monsters, and other supernatural creatures.
Entrusted with the restoration of a set of five Shuten-doji picture scrolls that had escaped the fires of WW II and returned to Kyoto after 130 years, the ARC started a crowdfunding project two years ago for the third volume which depicts the most dramatic scenes of the folktale but was particularly damaged and considered difficult to restore.
Thanks to a great number of supporters, we have been able to beautifully revive this picture scroll. >>Read more.
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July 30 (Fri), 13:00-17:05
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July 31 (Sat), 2021, 10:00-16:40 (JST)

ARC Days 2021
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2021年4月19日(月)

With the establishment of the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC) in 2019, the Art Research Center strives to push the internationalization of research activities that transcend disciplines and geographic boundaries.

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Since its establishment in 1998, the ARC has been publishing the bulletin every year in March with the purpose of widely publicizing the research activities and outcomes of the center's projects. >>Read the bulletin
Interview with Prof. Takanobu Nishiura (College of Information Science and Engineering, Ritsumeikan University)
Professor Nishiura talks about preserving Japanese music from the past with digital technology and improving society through sound.
He explains how he reproduced the unique sound of the Gion Festival and the shikokin, a traditional Japanese music box, in a highly realistic way.
Furthermore, he introduces the concept of space-sharing through flexible audio spot technology.
>> Read full interview
The museum is home to the collections of Philipp Franz Balthasar von Siebold, Jan Cock Blomhoff (Head of the Dutch East India Company in Dejima), and others.
The extensive collection of Japanese artifacts includes ukiyo-e prints, copperplate prints, and early Japanese books. >> Enter the database
On March 22 & 21, the ARC co-organized a special exhibition at the Nagae Family Residence, a tangible cultural property designated by Kyoto City.
Items on display included kimonos, historical trading documents, and daily necessities from the Nagae family collection.
They were made publicly available for the first time, providing a glimpse into the daily life and business of a kimono fabric wholesaler in the early Shōwa era. >>Read more
Digital Archiving Project about Pre-war Theater Programs of the Kabuki-za, Tokyo, held by the Shochiku Otani Library
As part of this research project, adopted by the ARC-iJAC, the bound pre-war theater programs of the Kabuki-za are dismantled into single volumes to prepare them for digital photography which the ARC Studio has documented in the above video.
The digitized programs will be integrated into the Shochiku Otani Library's Shibai Banzuke Browsing System and made available online. >>Read more
FY2020 Annual Report Meeting of the ARC-iJAC & Program for Supporting Research Center Formation
& FY2021 ARC-iJAC Adopted Joint Research Projects
Concluding the fiscal year, the FY2020 Annual Report Meeting was held on February 19 & 20, 2021 via Zoom and YouTube.
Furthermore, we have announced the FY2021 Adopted Joint Research Projects of the ARC-iJAC.

FY2020 ARC-iJAC Project Spotlights

Background interview with Andrew Gerstle (Emeritus Professor, SOAS University of London, UK & Project Leader). >> Read more
Background interview with Akihiro Tsukamoto (Associate Professor, Tokushima Univ., Japan & Project Leader). >>Read more
Upcoming Events
Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 18:00-19:30
83rd International ARC Seminar (Webinar)
1. The Problem of Distance in Digital Art History: Using the ResearchSpace Knowledge system to capture research methods and thinking (in English) Abstract

Speaker: Dominic Oldman
(Head of ResearchSpace & Senior Curator, British Museum, UK)

2. Various Needs of Chinese Classics in East Asia / 東アジアにおける漢籍需要の多様性 (in Japanese)
Speaker: Riku Tono
(Assistant Professor, Kinugasa Research Organization, RU)
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2021年1月14日(木)

With the establishment of the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC) in 2019, the Art Research Center strives to push internationalization of research activities that transcends disciplines and geographic boundaries.
The Art Research Center would like to express
our sincere gratitude for your continued support.
May your year be filled with health, joy and happiness.

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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 >>

< Call for Application >
FY 2021 International Joint Research with Research Fund, ARC-iJAC

Deadline: Monday, February 1, 2021, 10AM (JST)

The group of 103 once-lost drawings by Hokusai that were rediscovered and acquired by the British Museum in 2019 is available in the ARC database, including metadata based on the ARC's further research.
An Interview with Professor Satoshi Tanaka (College of Information Science and Engineering, Ritsumeikan University)
Prof. Tanaka, a member of the ARC, discusses how 3D ultra-high-quality, see-through visualization models of large-scale cultural heritage are created in Japan and abroad using the latest 3D scanning technologies and how AI helps to reproduce what human eyes cannot see.
The 2nd exhibition in the Ako City Chushingura Ukiyo-e Digital Exhibition Room showcases a collection of works that depict Oboshi Yuranosuke (or Oishi Kuranosuke), the protagonist of the play Chushingura (忠臣蔵, The Treasury of Loyal Retainers).
The ARC has published the collection of Takeuchi Michitaka, one of the re-presentative collections of the Kunitachi College of Music Library and a treasure trove of early modern Japanese music materials. >> Enter the exhibition
Watch the Video "An Evening of Noh and Kyogen"
In cooperation with the ARC, the Japan Foundation Kyoto Office released this video of its annual event for international students and others interested in Japan to experience traditional Japanese culture through the Noh and Kyogen performances.
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Both productions are presented with an English synopsis.
Previously in private possession in the US and Europe, a set of damaged picture scrolls depicting the folk tale of Shuten-doji, a mythical demon leader thought to be residing in Mt. Oe, has returned to Japan for the first time in 130 years.
Entrusted with its restoration, the ARC started a crowdfunding project in 2019 successfully. As a gesture of gratitude, we offered a limited number of donors to visit the restoration site.
The ARC is thankful for the opportunity to revive this valuable cultural asset from the 17th century, and is looking forward to exhibiting these picture scrolls when the restoration is completed.
Upcoming Events
Wednesday, January 20, 2021, 18:00-18:45
81st International ARC Seminar (Webinar)
"Hokusai's drawings for Banbutsu ehon daizen zu (1829) and how they can be represented in the British Museum's ResearchSpace"
Speaker: Timothy Clark (Honorary Research Fellow,
Department of Asia, The British Museum)
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2020年10月27日(火)

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:

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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)
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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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2020年7月15日(水)

Summer Newsletter 2020

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 in 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 the new coronavirus, the Art Research Center has been closed for visitors since April 8.
The Art Research Center (ARC) launches The Gion Festival Digital Museum 2020: The Past, Present, and Future of the Gion Festival
On July 1, 2020, The Gion Festival Digital Museum 2020: The Past, Present, and Future of the Gion Festival has been launched.
Due to the coronavirus, the Gion Festival in Kyoto, celebrated for more than 1,100 years, is taking place on a much smaller scale this year. To provide an opportunity to learn about this festival despite the situation, the ARC has published its research online so people around the world can virtually experience this festival.
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In this context, the ARC is holding a web round table from the Nagae Family Residence on July 19, 2020 at 15:00 JST. Topic: Effectivity and Possibility of Digital Archives for Local Communities from a Digital Humanities Point of View. read more>>
The ARC-iJAC co-hosted the 2020 Annual Conference of the Japan Art Documentation Society (JADS) on June 27 and 28
As part of this year's conference, held online due to the coronavirus, the ARC-iJAC hosted a symposium on 「芸術文化資源デジタル・アーカイブの国際的共同利用 -- オンライン環境での知的生産システムとそのツール」 (The International Joint Usage of Digital Archives for Arts and Cultural Resources: Intelligent Production Systems and their Tools in an Online Environment).
In supporting the activities of the Japan Art Documentation Society (JADS), the ARC-iJAC aims to contribute to the establishment of an online knowledge cycle for arts and cultural resources.
An Interview with Prof. Koichi Hosoi, Director of the ARC
Prof. Hosoi talks about recent updates in digital game research at Ritsumeikan, since having successfully expanded the "Game Archive"-project over the last two decades. Furthermore, he explains the internationalization efforts of the ARC-iJAC and the importance of virtual education and gamification in light of the pandemic. read more >>
The ARC-iJAC welcomed Prof. Dr. Michael Kinski (Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany) as a guest speaker for the 71st International ARC Seminar
Prof. Dr. Kinski is a specialist in Japanese Studies at the Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany and gave a presentation on "ドイツにおけるデジタル・ヒューマニティーズ。日本学を例として (Digital Humanities in Germany. Japanese Studies and Beyond)".
We would like to express our sincere thanks to Prof. Dr. Kinski for being our guest speaker.
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Now open to accept author registrations for the bulletin Art Research, Vol. 21
The 21st volume of the ARC's annual bulletin Art Research is scheduled for publication in mid-March 2021.
We are now accepting applications to register as an author to contribute to this bulletin. read more >>
Upcoming Events
Sunday, July 19, 2020 15:00-16:30 (scheduled) 
The Gion Festival Digital Museum Round Table
Live from the Nagae Family Residence

"Effectivity and Possibility of Digital Archives for Local Communities from a Digital Humanities Point of View"

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020 18:00-19:30
73rd International ARC Seminar (Webinar)
"Digitizing Borobudur: A Perspective on Technological Co-Production"
Speaker: Fadjar I. Thufail (Senior Researcher, Research Center for Area Studies, Indonesian Institute of Sciences)
Access link to be announced on the website
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2020年5月20日(水)

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 in Kyoto:
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Important Notice: Temporary Closure of the Art Research Center for Visitors effective from April 8 to May 31.
Due to the state emergency declaration by the Japanese government amid the coronavirus spread, the ARC will unfortunately be closed for visitors during this period of time.
Ritsumeikan University signs Research Cooperation Agreement with the UC Berkeley
On February 25, 2020, Ritsumeikan University and the University of California, Berkeley, held an event commemorating the conclusion of signing a research cooperation agreement.
For almost 15 years, a research team of the ARC has been steadily expanding their partnership with the UC Berkeley in the field of digital archiving. read more >>
Interview with Prof. Ryo Akama featured in AERA magazine
An interview with Professor Ryo Akama of the Art Research Center on his research "An Online System for Transcribing Pre-Modern Japanese Cursive Characters with AI Assistance" has been featured in AERA magazine.
FY 2020 International Joint Research Projects announced
With establishment of the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC) last year, the Art Research Center is pleased to announce the International Joint Research Projects of the fiscal year 2020.
Upcoming Events

We regret to inform that all scheduled events are temporarily put on hold until further notice due to the coronavirus.
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