Historiographical Institute the University of Tokyo, ‘HI’ for short, has been investigating historical materials concerning pre-modern Japanese history. In the process, we have been making and managing metadata as the results and shooting the materials. Recently, we have been digitizing of the historical materials based on the results so that the data can be used at long-term preservation and utilization of them. In the paper, we report on the approach and the efforts.
The Department of Asian Studies at University College Cork is the only department dedicated to Asian Studies as an academic discipline on the entire island of Ireland. Its staff engages in a broad variety of research relating to various aspects of societies, cultures, business, languages and the arts across the wider Asian region, with a particular focus on China, Korea and Japan. It is unique in Ireland, providing the only BA and MA Degrees in Asian Studies, as well as the only department offering Chinese, Korean and Japanese language education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. A first permanent post for Japanese Studies was set up first in 2014.
In the year of Japanese Imperial transition, explaining the imperial connection with the history of the Japanese collection at the Université Catolique de Louvain. This session will also unveil the current in-house digitalisation project of the collection in order to preserve the precious items.
Introducing the Working Group new website, which is on EAJRS’s site.
In this paper, we report about prototype of database and search system of Wokototenzu. Wokototen is a gloss when reading the Chinese classics to understand the reader's mother tongue. The one which gathered this Wokototen in one every used documents and school is called Wokototenzu. The purpose of this research is to prepare an environmental for Kunten researcher to be processing and data are shared on the computer.
This presentation will re-think the current Japanese painting resources at the British Museum and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, as part of a survey conducted in preparation for my forthcoming PhD. My PhD project will compare Japanese Nanga paintings with the Chinese paintings that influenced them using art historical studies and scientific analysis of the materials and media. The British Museum and the Ashmolean together have the largest collections of Nanga paintings in the UK.
Students are increasingly being required to use primary sources in their research, but not all students have enough skill in Japanese to use Japanese language materials. Primary sources in English, although they are increasing, are not abundant. Nor does every university have major art or print collections. This paper proposes to examine a number of examples of materials students in Art History have used in conjunction with secondary literature. While traditionally students did such projects as comparing photographs found in books and using the extensive secondary literature in English to analyze their findings, this paper will focus on an assignment using realia (physical objects) found in the library and on campus.
This paper examines the survey results of historical paper materials and their methods for conserving original resources at the Historiographical Institute of the University of Tokyo.
At the University of Tokyo, original resources are mainly treated as book collections at libraries including the general library, faculties' library, and institutes' libraries, and categorised as valuable books or originals. These resources have been used for education and research materials and shown as cultural properties from the viewpoint of their scarcity value. In so doing, they are now required to manage new conservations and surveys. In any conservation survey microscopic observations are usually conducted. In the preliminary studies a small mobile microscope with 100 times magnification was used for examining the thickness and density of fibres, the existence and quantity of additives, and the conditions of other materials. These surveys are essentially non-destructive, and presented new standard for distinguishing paper materials accurately. In recent years, USB digital cameras for microscopy and lenses of megapixel cameras have rapidly been upgraded, and researchers are able to gain distortion-free and high-definition images easily.
The National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics released the public domain color JPEG images of the British Library’s Amakusa edition of 'Feiqe no monogatari', 'Esopo no fabulas' and 'Qincuxu' in March, 2019.
The Amakusa edition of Heike monogatari, Isoho monogatari and Kinkushū are one of the so-called Christian editions, published in 1592-1593. The British Library’s copy is only surviving copy in the world. Written in a Portuguese version of romanization, we can estimate how Japanese was pronounced at that time.
Furthermore, for the use of Japanese language history class, we developed a viewer that displays the Amakusa edition’s images and transliterated texts side-by-side. This viewer has three type transliterated texts; kanji and hiragana text, katakana text, Kunrei-shiki romanization text.
The National Diet Library is implementing a plan formulated in 2017 to digitize personal papers from its collection of modern Japanese political documents. We will report on this plan as well as the significance of systematic digitization.
We will present examples of the types and characteristics of documents found in personal papers that have recently been added to the National Diet Library Digital Collection.