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The Webinar (round-table talk) from the Nagae Family Residence on Sunday, 19th July

Title: Effectivity and Possibility of Digital Archives for Local Communities from Digital Humanities Point of View


7月31日をもちまして公開期間を終了といたしましたが、当WEBサイト及びコンテンツの大半は引き続きご利用いただけます。(日本語Japanese / 英語English



A video introducing the contents of the Gion Festival Digital Museum has been published. The video provides an overview of its features, and shows how to navigate through this website.

Click here for the video in English.

Click here for the video in Japanese.



The Gion Festival Digital Museum 2020: The Past, Present, and Future of the Gion Festival


The Art Research Center (ARC) was established in 1998. Since then, the center's mission has been not only to conduct historical and social research and analyses of both tangible and intangible human cultural properties such as visual and performing arts and craftsmanship, but also to record, organize, preserve, and disseminate the research outcomes. Since its establishment, the ARC has brought together the wisdom of researchers from different fields on the premise of integration of and collaboration between the humanities and information science.

At the Gion Festival, which is one of the highlights of Kyoto's summer, we have so far promoted research projects that combine humanities and science with researchers and students from the fields of humanities and information science. The ARC has been digitally archiving and accumulating spatiotemporal information on a variety of tangible and intangible cultural resources related to the festival, including the Funeboko and Hachiman-yama floats, as well as the Nagae Family Residence, a large-scale Kyo-machiya designated a cultural property by the city of Kyoto.

The 2020 Gion Festival has unfortunately been greatly affected by the spread of the new coronavirus. In response to this, the ARC has decided to publish the results of its research on the Gion Festival so far to the local community as well as the general public, so that people in Japan and overseas can obtain a virtual experience of the festival despite the current situation. Therefore, we have launched this website under the theme of "The Gion Festival Digital Museum 2020: The Past, Present, and Future of the Gion Festival".

The Art Research Center sincerely hopes that visitors will learn and experience the history, current state as well as future potential of the Gion Festival in virtual time and space, and find great interest in this festival.



Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University (Executive committee of the Gion Festival Digital Museum 2020 ), College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University

(Chairman: Keiji Yano, Vice-chairman: Hirotaka Sato, List of members)


System Provider:

International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC)



Regarding the following endorsements, Collaborators and Provisions of Materials, these are as of July 2020.



Kyoto city, The Gion Festival Fune Hoko Preservation Association, The Shijocyo Ofune Hoko Preservation Association, The Hachiman-yama Preservation Association, The Taka-yama Preservation Association, The Hashibenkei-yama Preservation Association, The Neighborhood Association of Yumiya-cho, Hoosiers Holdings Co.,Ltd.Nagae family's residence), CAD CENTER CORPORATION



C.V. Starr East Asian Library, University of California, Berkeley, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, Kyoto Institute, Library and Archives, The Museum of Kyoto, Sakai City Museum, Oukoku Bunko in Kyoto, HASEGAWA Home of History, Culture, and Exchange (HASEGAWA Kokyu-no- Ie), NTT Communication Science Laboratories, Esri Japan Corporation, Society for Culture of Miyako-no-Matsuri (Capital Festival) (Including prospective institutes)


Provisions of Materials:

The British Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mr Taichi Kinugawa, Mr Keiichi Okao (Including prospective institutes)


Contact: giondm2020(at)gmail.com

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