【Web site renewal】"The Gion Festival Digital Museum 2021: Enjoy the Gion Festival Virtually" is to the public.(日本語Japanese / 英語English


The Gion Festival Digital Museum 2021: Enjoy the Gion Festival Virtually


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.

For the Gion Festival, one of the highlights during summer in Kyoto, researchers and students from the fields of humanities and information sciences have joined forces to promote research projects that integrate both disciplines. The ARC has been digital 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 as a cultural property by the city of Kyoto.

The Gion Festival 2021 has unfortunately been affected again by the spread of COVID-19. In response to this, the ARC has decided to make the results of its research on the Gion Festival available to the local community and general public, so that people in Japan and overseas can obtain a virtual experience of the festival despite the current situation. Therefore, we have renewed the website of last year, "The Gion Festival Digital Museum 2020: The Past, Present, and Future of the Gion Festival", and reopened it to the public under the theme of "The Gion Festival Digital Museum 2021: Enjoy the Gion Festival Virtually".

The Art Research Center sincerely hopes that visitors will learn and experience the history, current state, and future potential of the Gion Festival in virtual time and space while finding 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 2021.



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: giondm2021(at)gmail.com

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