• Japanese Culture Group

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May 31, 2011

Workshop on the digital archiving of early Japanese printed books at the Freer Gallery of Art

A workshop on the digital archiving of early Japanese printed books was held at the Freer Gallery of Art, a Smithsonian Institution museum. The workshop was led by Professor Akama.

Over the next three months, members will participate in digitally imaging the early Japanese printed books in the Pulverer Collection.

This project is a joint project with the Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (Getty Foundation).

May 21, 2011

Presentation at the 90th SIG Computers and the Humanities Workshop

The following presentation was made at the 90th SIG Computers and the Humanities Workshop, held at Doshisha University, Muromachi Campus.

Presentation Title: “Digital Archive Project to Catalogue Exported Japanese Decorative Arts”
Presenters: Monika Bincsik, Shin’ya Maezaki
–Maezaki, PD

May 20, 2011

International symposium: "Shunga - Erotic Art in a Comparative Context"

An international symposium entitled “Shunga – Erotic Art in a Comparative Context” will be held on May 20~21, 2011 at SOAS, University of London.

This will be the 5th symposium regularly held by the Shunga Project (a joint project of SOAS, University of London; the British Museum; Ritsumeikan University; and the International Research Center for Japanese Studies).

Aki Ishigami (PD) of the Japanese Culture Research Group will present at the symposium.

We will add information on the symposium program once it has been finalized.

May 14, 2011

Kyoto Association for Early Modern Literature Monthly Meeting, May 2011

The following presentation was made by a member of the Japanese Culture Research Group at the May 2011 meeting of the Kyoto Association for Early Modern Literature.

“Woodcut Composition as Seen in Hanpon: Paper Quality and Border Lines”

Presenter: Takaaki Kaneko

Date: May 14 (Sat.), 15:00~

Location: Doshisha Women’s University, Imadegawa Campus, Eiko-kan, Room E104

May 14, 2011

Ritsumeikan University 1st JADS Kansai Chapter Meeting of 2011 (108th meeting in total)

The following meeting will be conducted by members of the Japanese Culture Research Group.

“On the Taiwan e-Learning and Digital Archives Program (TELDAP)”

Presenters: Monika Bincsik, Shin’ya Maezaki

Date: May 14 (Sun.), 15:00~17:00

Location: Ritsumeikan University Art Research Center, Multipurpose Room (planned)

Participation Fee: Free. Non-members are also welcome to participate.

※ A get-together has been planned for 17:30. It will cost around 3000yen.

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May 6, 2011

Early Modern Enpon Comprehensive Database has been updated

I have updated the Early Modern Enpon Comprehensive Database (Ishigami, PD).

New entries have been added on the Uragami Mitsuru Collection, the Michael Fornitz
Collection, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (MFA).
There are currently 2738 entries in the database.

April 29, 2011

Visit to look at woodblock collections

The following members went to see the woodblocks of the Takahashi family, which produced five generations of wood-block printers.

Date: April 29 (Fri.), 10:00~

Participants: Akama, Kaneko, Takashi Uchida


In the storage area, each woodblock was carefully wrapped up in newspaper and accompanied by print samples and identification tags. Colored woodblock prints of nature scenes were the most common, and there were also reproductions of large nishiki-e (brocade pictures).

Normally, primary plates are of high quality and color plates are not, but even the color plates in the Takahashi family collection were prepared from high-quality blocks. We were also able to see woodblocks that were reused for hanpon printing and rare engraving techniques.


At the Japanese Culture Research Group, we will continue our research with particular consideration to the acquirement of future materials.

April 27, 2011

Photographing of private bamboo art collection

Starting from May 1st I will be photographing the bamboo art collection of a private collector in Tokyo.


Flower basket crafted by Iizuka Rōkansai

The photographed items will be added to the Bamboo Basket Database sometime in May. Bamboo Basket Database URL:  http://www.arc.ritsumei.ac.jp/bbdb/

–Maezaki, PD


April 2, 2011

Presentations at AAS Annual Conference

Monika Bincsik, Ryoko Matsuba, Mizuho Kamo (Japanese Culture Research Group), and Akihiro Tsukamoto (Historical Geographic Information Science Research Group) presented together on a panel at AAS, held this year in Hawaii. Many people came to hear the panel, and the panelists received a great response from the audience.


Panel title: The Location of the Motif or How to Popularize Ideas: Late Edo Period Visual Language Shared In Ukiyo-e, Decorative Arts and the Theatre


Presentation titles:

Monika Bincsik, “Lacquer Depicted on Ukiyo-e: Ukiyo-e Reflected in Lacquer”

Akihiro Tsukamoto, “Locations of the Edo Period Kyoto Lacquer Workshops: GIS Analysis Based on Historical Sources”

Mizuho Kamo, “Tracing the ‘Whose sleeves?’ Motif through Various Fashionable Art Forms”

Ryoko Matsuba, “The Eight Views in Edo Period Japan: Transmissions of the Pictorial Subjects”

April 1, 2011

Photographing of Japanese ceramics in the John Young Museum of Art collection at Hawaii University

I was able to photograph 19 Japanese ceramics housed at the John Young Museum of Art in Hawaii University, Manoa Campus.

–Maezaki, PD

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