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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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We were delighted to welcome Prof. Graeme Earl (Head of the College of Humanities, SOAS University of London), Shona Aitken (Director of Advancement, SOAS University of London), and Russell Kelty (Curator of Asian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia) to the ARC.
Our warmest congratulations to Dr. Monika Bincsik, ARC Visiting Collaborative Researcher, on receiving the 2024 Marica Vilcek Prize in Art History.

Dr. Bincsik, the Diane and Arthur Abbey Curator for Japanese Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), receives the Marica Vilcek Prize for her curatorial approach to Japanese decorative arts and textiles that highlights the complex interplay of the Japanese and international art market, trade, social, and political circumstances over the past five centuries.


Dr. Bincsik earned a Ph.D. from Ritsumeikan University, undertaking research on Japanese lacquerware and other decorative arts, supervised by the ARC Director Prof. Ryo Akama (Graduate School of Letters).
Prof. Thawonmas, Head of the Intelligent Computer Entertainment Laboratory (ICE Lab), explains how he utilizes ARC database resources for research in artificial intelligence and Game AI.
As a certified University Ambassador with the NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute (DLI), he also runs workshops on fundamental and advanced levels of deep learning, fostering the next-generation specialists in the AI field. >> Read interview.
Based on the special exhibition Chushingura Ukiyo-e from Kamigata, held at the Ako City Museum of History in 2022, this digital exhibition showcases the aspects of the development of Chushingura culture in the Kamigata region, mainly depicted in yakusha-e, shibai-e, and omocha-e.
>> Read more.
Supported by the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC), a research team at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), led by Dr. Pilar Cabañas, has launched a digital exhibition of shini-e (memorial prints).
It showcases the achievements of their ARC-iJAC project to digital archive the ukiyo-e collection held by the UCM. >> Read more.
Video on demand! 125. International ARC Seminar

Speaker: Dr. Ellis Tinios (Honorary Lecturer, University of Leeds, UK/ARC Visiting Collaborative Researcher)

Topic: Hokusai the Alchemist: an exploration of sources for his book illustrations (held in English)

The workshop was held as part of the ARC research project Visual Culture Studies in the Domestic Sphere Utilizing the ARC Database, led by ARC faculty member Prof. Yumi Takenaka.
The project aims to study arts and visual culture in East Asia related to the concept of Ie, which encompasses housing, households, family, and family genealogy within the Domestic Sphere juxtaposed to the Public Sphere.
An invited lecture was given by Professor Emeritus Jeong-hee Lee-Kalisch (Free University of Berlin). >> Read more.
Upcoming Events

February 23 (Fri) & 24 (Sat), 2024
FY 2023 Annual Report Meeting of the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (
ARC-iJAC) & Digital Humanities Center for Japanese Arts and Cultures "Program for Supporting Research Center Formation," Ritsumeikan University
<Program to be announced on our website shortly>

March 23 (Sat), 2024
13th Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities
(第13回「知識・芸術・文化情報学研究会」)


Venue: Ritsumeikan University Osaka Umeda Campus
(*The time will be adjusted depending on the number of presenters.
*The event may be held in a hybrid format or entirely online depending on the spread of COVID-19.)


>> Call for Presenters
(Deadline: February 5, 2024)
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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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The Shochiku Otani Library released a digital archive of Kabuki bromides (photographic portraits of Kabuki actors) through the Theater Photos Search and Browsing System developed by the ARC-iJAC.
With the online release, users can search and view Kabuki stage photographs from the Meiji era to the prewar period and photographs of famous actors of the past in costume.
We hope this release will enable users to experience the appeal of Kabuki and contribute to the development of research by scholars and those associated with the theatre.
>> Read more.
On the occasion of the release of 4,233 ukiyo-e prints and 74 Japanese old books from ROM's collection in the ARC database, Dr. Takesue shares her thoughts on ROM's extensive and unique ukiyo-e print collection that includes Hiroshige's Meisho Edo Hyakkei and Ogata Gekko prints, as well as actor, landscape, war, and catfish prints, amongst others. >> Read interview.
As part of the ARC research project Visual Culture Studies in the Domestic Sphere Utilizing the ARC Database, an open workshop will be held on Kinugasa Campus.
The project aims to study arts and visual culture in East Asia related to the concept of Ie, which encompasses housing, households, family, and family genealogy within the Domestic Sphere juxtaposed to the Public Sphere.
→ Program
The ARC held an international symposium commemorating the 25th anniversary of its establishment under the theme Liberal Arts Innovation in Digital Humanities and Digital Archives--Exploring Further Possibilities.
Discussing the Center's achievements and future direction, particular emphasis was placed on the concept of public humanities, facilitated through digital archives.
>> Read more.
A joint colloquium of the Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) and the ARC was held at UC Berkeley under the theme Theory and Methods in the Japanese Humanities: Research Using Visual Sources and Archives.
As part of the research collaboration of more than 15 years, the ARC research team, led by Prof. Ryo Akama (Director of the ARC), continued with digital archiving activities of the Japanese collection held by UC Berkeley's C.V. Starr East Asian Library. >> Read more.
The research project, a collaborative scholarly enterprise among researchers and institutions in Japan and the UK led by Prof. Ryo Akama (Director of the ARC) and Dr. Akiko Yano (Curator, The British Museum), aims to analyze the cultural and social impact of art and literary salons and the collective creation of art (gassaku) in early modern Japan, particularly in the Kyoto-Osaka region. This project is supported by the JSPS International Joint Research Program (JRP-LEAD with UKRI). >> Read more.
Video on demand! 123. International ARC Seminar

Speaker: Toshiyasu KAMOGI (Curator & Manager of Curatorial Division, Tokyo Fuji Art Museum)

Topic: The Achievements and Future Outlook of a Homemade Database by a Liberal Arts Computer Enthusiast Curator--From the Frontline of Digital Archive Operation for Streamlining and Enhancing Museum Curatorial Services-- (held in Japanese)

Upcoming Events

November 8 (Wed), 2023, 18:00-19:30 JST
125. International ARC Seminar
Speaker: Ellis TINIOS (Honorary Lecturer, University of Leeds, United Kingdom and ARC Visiting Researcher)
Topic: Hokusai the Alchemist: an exploration of sources for his book illustrations
(held in English)
Live stream available via >> YouTube.

November 16 (Thur), 2023, 13:00-18:00 JST
Open Workshop:
Surface and Depth of the Domestic Sphere in East Asian Art

Venue: Seminar Room 1, Gakujikan Hall 2F, Kinugasa Campus, Ritsumeikan University
Language: Japanese (with English abstract) and English (with Japanese script)

>> Program

November 29 (Wed), 2023, 18:00-19:30 JST
126. International ARC Seminar
Speaker: Timon SCREECH (Professor, International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken))
Topic: New Light on Nikkō: Thoughts on the Dutch Lanterns at the Shrine-Mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu (held in English)
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We were delighted to welcome Dr. Akiko Takesue, Bishop White Committee Associate Curator of Japanese Art & Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), to the ARC.
The ARC, in collaboration with the ROM, is pleased to announce that 4,233 ukiyo-e prints and 74 Japanese old books from ROM's collection are now available in the ARC database. >> Read more.
Supported by the ARC-iJAC, Masami Yamada, Curator in the Asia Department of the Victoria and Albert Museum, has been leading the research project Re-thinking Japonisme: Digitization of the V&A's collection of Japanese illustrated books and researching its formation in the late 19th century.
As part of this collaborative project, Dr. Ryoko Matsuba (SISJAC) regularly organizes hands-on workshops at the V&A for students & young researchers to learn about best practices in digitizing museum collections. >> Read more.
The release comprises 1,541 ukiyo-e prints held by the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Particularly noteworthy are 134 surimono (摺物) and 120 pillar prints (柱絵), for which the opening of this database provides a foundation for further research. >> Read more.
Video on demand! 116. International ARC Seminar

Session 1: Simon KANER (Executive Director, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, UEA)
Topic: Stonehenge and prehistoric Japan--Archaeological exchanges between Japan and the UK: Current and future trends

Session 2: Ryoko MATSUBA (Lecturer in Digital Japanese Arts and Humanities, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, UEA), Joseph BILLS (MPhil, Univ. of Cambridge), Bori KO (MA Student, SOAS Univ. of London), Liam HEAD (MA Student, UEA)
Topic: Implementing the ARC Model in the UK: Digitising Sword Ornaments at the British Museum

The late Mukai Nobuo (向井信夫) was known as a collector and researcher of Edo-period Japanese books and also collected ukiyo-e prints and albums of the same period, including a sizeable collection of 690 works by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (月岡芳年). >> Read more.
The Takeuchi Dokei Collection is the world's largest collection of materials related to Edo-period Japanese music. Search for the Tokiwazu-bushi lyric booklets by entering 常磐津 in the "genre" (ジャンル) search box at the following >> link.
For a commentary by Takeuchi Yuichi (Research Institute for Japanese Traditional Music, Kyoto City University of Arts), >> click here.
Faculty News! We are pleased to welcome Dr. Travis Seifman as Research Manager / Associate Professor to the ARC faculty.
Originally from New York, he completed MA degrees in Japanese Studies at SOAS, University of London, and in Art History at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa before earning his Ph.D. in History at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Before joining the ARC, he worked as a postdoctoral Project Researcher at the University of Tokyo Historiographical Institute. Dr. Seifman specializes in Okinawan Studies and researches in particular the embassies dispatched by the Okinawan kingdom of Lūchū (Ryūkyū) to Edo in the 17th to 19th centuries.
Upcoming Events

July 26 (Wed), 2023, 18:00-19:30 JST
122. International ARC Seminar
Speaker: Travis SEIFMAN (Associate Professor & Research Manager, Kinugasa Research Organization, Ritsumeikan University)
Topic: Visual, Material, and Performance Culture Aspects of the Ryukyu Kingdom's Embassies to Edo (held in Japanese)


August 3 (Thurs), 2023, 14:00-16:45 JST
August 4 (Fri), 2023, 10:00-17:35 JST

ARC Days 2023
An annual event where faculty members of the ARC and international collaborative researchers introduce their research projects in Digital Humanities (DH).
>> Click here for the program.
Live stream available via >> YouTube.
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March 29, 2023: The cherry blossoms have reached their peak on Kinugasa Campus, Ritsumeikan University.
We were delighted to welcome Dr. Huw Jones and Dr. Yasmin Faghihi of the Cambridge University Library to the ARC, as well as Dr. Pilar Cabañas of the Complutense University of Madrid.
Dr. Cabañas is the leader of the ARC-iJAC project Ukiyo-e, illustrated books, albums and painted books in Madrid Collections (FY 2023).
This video was produced for the Comprehensive Digitization and Discoverability Program (CDDP) of the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (NCC) and showcases how to custom-build your own online research database in the ARC Research Space (free of charge).
Interested in building your own research database?

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Supported by the ARC-iJAC, the research led by Dr. Ewa Machotka and Dr. John Pavlopoulos (Stockholm University) has pursued the large-scale digital geospatial exploration of places depicted in Japanese early modern ukiyo-e landscape prints through Natural Language Processing (FY 2021). Their follow-up project aims to apply NLP technology to inscriptions on ukiyo-e landscape prints to facilitate a large-scale exploration of textual information featured in those prints (FY 2023). >> Full interview.
[Database] Release of Gidayu-bushi Lyric Booklets (Shohon)
About 580 gidayu-bushi lyric booklets (shohon) from the Takeuchi Dokei Collection, held by the Kunitachi College of Music Library, are now online available in the ARC database system. >> Database.
>> Commentary on materials.

Based on an academic exchange agreement between Ako City and the ARC, a database of Chushingura ukiyo-e held by the city has been built and published online since 2008.
With the recent addition of about 600 items, a total of 2,564 ukiyo-e prints and one book (4 volumes of Gishi Taikan) related to Chushingura are now available online.
>> Database.
>> Online exhibition.

Jointly conducted with Nara Prefecture, the research project to visualize the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Tamaki Shrine--is led by ARC faculty member Prof. Satoshi Tanaka (College of Information Science and Engineering, RU).
It involves 3D measurement of the Tamaki Shrine using drones, terrestrial laser scanners, and 360-degree cameras to take multifaceted measurements.
>> Read more.

Co-organized by the ARC-iJAC, a workshop with the Ukiyo-e Woodblock Engraving and Printmaking Techniques Preservation Society (浮世絵木版画彫摺技術保存協会) was held on Feb. 17, 2023.
The workshop served to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and opinions concerning ukiyo-e woodblock engraving and printmaking techniques. There has been a decade of cooperation between the society and the ARC.
>> Read more.

On March 15, Prof. Koichi Hosoi (College of Image Arts and Sciences, RU), Deputy Director of the ARC, gave a seminar talk at Synergy Link Kyoto, an event centered around AR/VR, the metaverse, and web3.
The topic of his seminar talk was The Next Generation Internet World and the Industry (「次世代インターネット世界と産業」).
Furthermore, research achievements on creating a Japanese cultural study environment using virtual space-related technologies, such as the metaverse, were showcased at the event.
On February 4, Prof. Ryo Akama (College of Letters, RU), Director of the ARC, delivered a special lecture on The ARC Research Space: Aiming at Perfecting a Comprehensive Digital Research Space.
The DH conference, hosted by the Institute of East Asian Art History (IKO) and the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies (HCTS), Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg, discussed the problems, challenges, and breakthroughs with digital technologies in East Asian Studies research.
Upcoming Events

April 26 (Wed), 2023, 18:00-19:30 JST
116. International ARC Seminar
1. Speaker: Simon KANER (Executive Director, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, University of East Anglia)

Topic: Stonehenge and prehistoric Japan--Archaeological exchanges between Japan and the UK: Current and future trends

2. Speakers: Ryoko MATSUBA (Lecturer, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, University of East Anglia), Joseph BILLS (MPhil, Japanese Studies, University of Cambridge), Bori KO (MA Student, History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia, SOAS University of London), Liam HEAD (MA Student, Interdisciplinary Japanese Studies, University of East Anglia)

Topic: Implementing the ARC Model in the UK: Digitising Sword Ornaments at the British Museum
May 10 (Wed), 2023, 18:00-19:30 JST
117. International ARC Seminar
Speaker: Naoki ISHIBASHI (Professor, Graduate School of Data Science, Musashino University)
Topic: To be announced


May 24 (Wed), 2023, 18:00-19:30 JST
118. International ARC Seminar
Speaker: Chiaki TAKAHASHI (Part-time Lecturer, Faculty of Letters, Doshisha University)
Topic: To be announced
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Keynote speech by Prof. Hans B. Thomsen (University of Zurich) on Academia and Museums: The Importance of Collaborative Projects.
>>Program & Registration
We were delighted to welcome Her Imperial Highness Princess Akiko of Mikasa, and Professor Emeritus Henry Smith (Columbia University) to the ARC.
HIH Princess Akiko of Mikasa was previously a postdoctoral researcher at the ARC while Professor Emeritus Henry Smith is a member of the ARC-iJAC External Evaluation Committee.
Supported by the ARC-iJAC, a team led by Dr. Kelly Midori McCormick and Dr. Carrie Cushman has been conducting research under the theme Expanding the Study of Japanese Photography and Gender: Modules for Teaching and Public Access.
Resulting from this, they have launched the bilingual website Behind the Camera--part database, part educational tool--spotlighting a diverse range of international experts on the history of Japanese photography from the perspective of gender and power.
>>Read full interview.
This project is actively seeking contributors in Japan and around the world for new modules on the history of Japanese photography from new perspectives. If you have a proposal for a module, please reach out.

On November 28, 2022, a signing ceremony for the MoU was held at Akita International University. The MoU provides a stable framework to advance collaborative projects in digital humanities, such as integrating AIU's Akita Folkloric Performance Art Archives with audiovisual records of more than 300 folkloric performance arts in the ARC Portal Database System. >>Read full article.

In November 2022, we were pleased to welcome Prof. Adam Habib to the ARC where he discussed the possibility of establishing a partnership in digital humanities with Prof. Ryo Akama. >>Read full article.
Supported by the ARC, the Japan Foundation Kyoto Office organizes the annual event to provide an opportunity to experience traditional Japanese culture. The performances, filmed by the ARC, are available online for a year.
Upcoming Events
January 28 (Sat), 2023, 16:00-18:00 JST
International Online Symposium
Topic: Tracing the Reception of Japanese Art in the West: As Seen through Case Studies in Central Europe

<<Program & Registration>>

<<Flyer>>


January 31 (Tue), 2023, 9:50-18:00 JST
Graduate Student Colloquium
Topic: Arts and Culture Studies of East Asia in the Post-Media Era: Themes and Perspectives

<<Zoom URL>>

(no registration required)
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The ARC received the Digital Archive Japan Award (DAJ) 2022 on Aug.25
The ARC is enormously honored to be one of the first recipients of the Digital Archive Japan Award (DAJ).
The DAJ is an award system newly established by Japan Search, a platform operated by the National Diet Library, for aggregating metadata of digital resources.
Regarding this award, Prof. Ryo Akama, Director of the ARC, expressed:
"The ARC faculty would like to take this award as an opportunity to further respond to the needs of users worldwide by disseminating information on cultural resources in Japan which go beyond areas such as ukiyo-e, early Japanese books, and banzuke-related contents."
As a curator at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Sports Museum, Murakami is leading a joint research project with the ARC on digital-archiving the extensive collection of sports materials of the museum in cooperation with the ARC.
She also reflects on her internship experience at UC Berkeley, facilitated by the ARC, while she was a graduate student at Ritsumeikan University. >>Read full interview.
Prof. Hosoi took on a pioneering role when he founded the Game Archive Project (GAP)--a collaboration between Nintendo, Kyoto Prefecture, and Ritsumeikan University.
In the interview, Prof. Hosoi reflects on the early days of his game research and discusses the social impact of games, the acceleration of the metaverse amid COVID-19, and future directions for game research.
On August 21, 2022, ARC faculty member Prof. Satoshi Tanaka (College of Information Science and Engineering, RU) presented the research outcomes of his project on the ultra-high-quality see-through 3D visualization of Taimadera Temple at a roundtable event, held as part of its special exhibition 'Researching Cultural Heritages' at the Nara Prefecture Historical and Artistic Culture Complex. >>Read more.
Mikiharu Takeuchi took home top honors at the award ceremony for the 11th Young Scholar Award sponsored by ESRI, a major geographic information system (GIS) software company based in the US.
Takeuchi is a doctoral student at the Graduate School of Letters and is supervised by Prof. Keiji Yano, Deputy Director of the ARC. >>Read more.
[Video available] Prof. Koichi Hosoi & Prof. Keiji Yano Presented Research Activities at the WEB 3.0/ Metaverse Study Meeting
The WEB 3.0/ Metaverse Study Meeting was held by Kyoto Chiesangyo Sozonomori on August 29, 2022.
Prof. Hosoi (College of Image Arts and Sciences, RU) held a keynote speech on the next-generation internet world as seen through the XR/ metaverse. Prof. Yano (College of Letters, RU) presented his research with the case study on the construction of Virtual Kyoto using GIS. >> Watch full video.
Upcoming Events
November 16 (Wed), 2022, 18:00-19:30
110th International ARC Seminar
Speaker: Dr. Ellis TINIOS (Honorary Lecturer in History, School of History, University of Leeds, UK)
Topic: 'After native drawings': the books that introduced nishiki-e and ehon to Western audiences: Narrative of the Earl of Elgin's Mission to China and Japan (1859) and Japanese Fragments (1861).
November 19 (Sat) - December 19 (Mon)
Special Exhibition
Kamigata no Chūshingura Ukiyo-e
Ako City Museum of History
(co-organized by Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University)

Details: http://www.ako-rekishi.jp/guide-planning/

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Important Notice:
The ARC will be closed from Aug 11 to Aug 17 due to the Obon holiday break. Please note that we will not be able to respond to your inquiries or visits during this period. Thank you for your kind understanding in advance.
Recently, we welcomed Prof. Monte Cassim, the President of Akita International University (AIU), and Prof. Akitoshi Seiyama, the Director of AIU's Creative Design & Data Science Center, to the ARC.
Furthermore, we were delighted to meet Ms. Pei Liu, Senior Partnerships Manager at Nottingham Trent University, UK.
We created this video for the Comprehensive Digitization and Discoverability Program (CDDP) of the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (NCC).
Are you interested in using our Kuzushiji Transcription Support and Archiving System for your research or classes?
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Prof. Hans B. Thomsen, the Chair for East Asian Art History at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, has been conducting two ARC-iJAC projects under the theme of 'Tracing the Reception of Japanese Art in the West' by investigating the collections of Freiburg im Breisgau and Monte Verità. >> Read the interview.
Pre-war Programs (sujigaki) of the Kabuki-za Theater, Tokyo, have been released in the Shochiku Otani Library's Shibai Banzuke Browsing System
The Shibai Banzuke Portal Database, developed and made available by the ARC, allows users to simultaneously search the ARC's banzuke collection and that of the Shochiku Otani Library and other institutions.
Along with the release of the digitized pre-war theater programs (筋書; sujigaki) of the Kabuki-za (歌舞伎座) held by the Shochiku Otani Library, the pre-war sujigaki of the Imperial Theater (帝国劇場) held by the ARC are also available. >> Read more.
Explore 'The Kyoto News Archive' in the ARC Virtual Institute
In collaboration with the Toy Film Museum Kyoto, the ARC has built a digital archive of Kyoto News, newsreels produced by Kyoto City and shown in movie theatres between 1956 and 1994.
< ARC Virtual Institute: The Kyoto News Archive >
As one of the earliest regional newsreels, it represents a valuable historical testimony of Kyoto. On July 2, the public symposium 'The Kyoto News Archive' was held to commemorate the launching of the archive.
>> Read more.
>> Watch the full video.
Special Exhibition at the Nara Prefecture Historical and Artistic Culture Complex Showcases Research Outcomes of the ARC from July 23 to Sep 19
Based on a research cooperation agreement with Nara Prefecture, the project outcomes on the digital archiving and 3D visualization of Taimadera Temple in Nara, led by Prof. Satoshi Tanaka (College of Information Science and Engineering, RU), are showcased at the Nara Prefecture Historical and Artistic Culture Complex.
Free entry! >> Read more.
The Byobu Matsuri (Folding Screen Festival) was held at the Nagae Family Residence
The Byobu Matsuri, or Folding Screen Festival, was held at the Nagae Family Residence--designated by Kyoto City as a tangible cultural property--from July 14 to July 16, 2022. The ARC has been digital-archiving the collection of the Nagae Family after it was donated to Ritsumeikan University. >> Read more.
Upcoming Events
July 23 (Sat) - Sep 19 (Mon)
Special Exhibition 'Researching Cultural Heritages'
Location: Nara Prefecture Historical and Artistic Culture Complex
>> Details
>> Official website of the Nara Prefecture Historical and Artistic Culture Complex
SAVE THE DATE!
September 16 & 17 (Sat/ Sun)
ARC Days 2022
Details will be announced on the ARC website shortly.
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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
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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 Takeuchi Dokei 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 Takeuchi Dokei 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.