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Researchers themselves become archivists. Exploring diverse possibilities for research and industry using new digital archive know-how. factsheet

Using high-speed, fine-detail archiving, thorough study of materials never before exhibited, from Japanese woodblock prints in collections around the world to Kyoto yuzen design materials.

Ryo Akama

Ryo Akama
Professor,
Graduate School of Letters
Ritsumeikan University

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Title

Sharing Japanese cultural assets worldwide through digital archives

Research Period

From 2003 April

Research Group Members

  • Ritsumeikan University Global COE
  • Ritsumeikan University R-GIRO Project
  • Ritsumeikan University Art Research Center (ARC)

Research Highlights

This research aims at building the research environment needed by specialized researchers, through high-volume/high-speed digital photography and creation of image databases. The focus is on ukiyo-e, ceramics and other art works produced in great quantities, among cultural assets of Japan and other countries.

Homepage

http://www.arc.ritsumei.ac.jp/lib/GCOE/JCSG/akama/

Research Yields

Ritsumeikan University Art Research Center – Ukiyo-e Database System
http://www.dh-jac.net/db/arcnishikie/searchp.htm

Ritsumeikan University Art Research Center – Publication Database System
http://www.dh-jac.net/db1/books/search.html

Main Treatises

  1. Studies for Japanese arts and cultures and image databases: The practice and possibilities of the ARC Model
    Ryo Akama: Image Database and Studies for Japanese Arts and Cultures (Nakanishiya Shuppan), pp. 1-17 & 154-170, March 2010.
  2. A digital archiving for Japanese woodcut prints at V&A and NMS
    Ryo Akama: Japan Art Documentation Society, Vol. 16, pp. 1-9, June 2009.

Society Activities

  • International Ukiyo-e Society
  • Japan Art Documentation Society
  • European Association for Japanese Studies
  • And others.