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Reports from Participants in FY 2011

Shinya MAEZAKIPostdoctral Fellow, Ritsumeikan Global Innovation Research Organization, Ritsumeikan University
Brief SummaryI researched on the related material to the Japanese ceramics at the SOAS library and the National Art Library in London. I photographed about 1,000 Japanese ceramic works at National Museums Scotland, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg., Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden and a UK private collection. I presented a paper on the Japanese bamboo basket for the European Association for Japanese Studies Conference in Estonia. I have had meetings with postgraduate students of the School of Oriental and African Studies, where I was based, and exchanged ideas about the latest research environments and also gave them brief advice about writing up Ph.D. Thesis. Curators at the National Museums Scotland and Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden made me an enquiry to use photographic images, which I produce, for their online database and I accepted it.

Wignyo ADIYOSO1st year of the doctoral program, Graduate School of Letters, Ritsumeikan University
Brief Summary
  • Discussing the design of research topics with advisors.
  • Pre-survey to flood disaster in Ayutthaya city.
  • Intervier students(Questionnaire) in 3 Schools in Pha Nga province ad Phuket province and condusting in-depth interview with teachers, parents and local government officers.
  • Interviewing community members in 6 villages in Ayutthaya city and conduction in-depth interview with local government officers(Ayutthaya City and Provincical Government).
  • Presentation in th ITP Workshop and Urban Gaming Simulation.
  • 2 sets of different data obtained from questionnaries and in-depth interview (flood and tsunami).
  • Acceptance of abstract in ther international conference about flood held on October 8-10, 2011 in Kyoto University (paper presentaion).
  • Acceptance of abstract in the international workshop about tsunami held on November 22-24, 2011 in Banda Aceh, Indonesia (paper presentation)

  • Monica BINCSIK3rd year of the doctoral program, Graduate School of Letters, Ritsumeikan University
    Brief SummaryWhile conducting research in the UK, I was studying and photographing Japanese lacquer collections, working mainly in the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London furthermore in the National Museum of Scotland and the Victoria and Albert Museum. That was a precious opportunity to study in detail the lacquer holdings of major Museums. I have digital archived more than 350 objects. I also was conducting research in University and Museum libraries as well as in archives on the collecting history and reception of Japanese lacquer in England. At the end of my staying I introduced my project and its outcomes in a presentation at the Asian Art Department of the Victoria and Albert Museum. In addition, I visited several public and private collections with Japanese lacquer holdings. This time I was focusing on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century maki-e art works. The digital images, more than 4,000 shots, will be included in the “Japanese lacquers in Western collections” database I’m working on. The images also will be uploaded into the respective Museum databases, so they will be available to facilitate the research of Japanese lacquer. Moreover, the research results will be incorporated into my PhD dissertation. Furthermore, I am planning to publish an article regarding the collecting history and iconography of the exported seventeenth-century Japanese lacquers.

    Nobushiro TAKAHASHI2nd year of the doctoral program, Graduate School of Letters, Ritsumeikan University
    Brief SummaryOne of the main purposes of my stay in London was to conduct research on, and also digitalize Japanese paintings at the British Museum. The British Museum possesses around 2000 Japanese paintings, and 500 of them, which equal one fourth of the whole collection, were digitalized at this occasion. Regarding contribution to our center, I will use these images and create a database of Japanese paintings.

    Siyanee HIRUNSALEE2nd year of the doctoral program, Graduate School of Policy Science, Ritsumeikan University
    Brief Summary10 - 20 Oct. 2011:
    1) Preparing the research proposal: The roles of University in Protecting Cultural Heritage from Disaster: The case study of the Universities in Italy
    21 - 31 Oct. 2011:
    1) Field Survey at University of Venice and Interview with Former dean of University of Venice
    2) Interview with Professor in Cesena University
    01 - 06 Nov. 2011:
    1) Field Survey at L’Aquila University and the affected area from earthquake 2009
    2) Interview with Professor in L’Aquila University
    3) Interview with two civil protection members 4) Submitting paper for the conference
    07 - 13 Nov. 2011
    1) Field Survey and Interview with Professor in Bologna University
    14 - 20 Nov. 2011
    1) Preparing question outline for the interview
    2) Interview with the dean of faculty of Architecture in Sassari University
    20 - 30 Nov.2011
    1) Interview with the Students in the University of Sassari, who have been engaged with serving archives and cultural heritages
    2) Submitting paper for the conference
    01 - 14 Dec. 2011
    1) Summarizing the report from the interview
    2) Discussing and Editing with Professor Paola Rizzi
    3) Submitting paper for the conference

    Italy is the country of the heritages. In each city has keep it own historic city in the center of the city. Most of the historical centers are the living heritage, contain heritages buildings, monuments and sculptures which residents, live in the area, are directly interact with. The hardest preservation works is to preserve the living heritages. The structure in the University in Italy (Faculty of Architecture) is also emphasized on the intervention in architecture and restoration works after disaster and how to preserve the landscape of the heritages. After Italy has been hit by various disasters in the last decade. In sum, The Roles of University in Protecting Cultural Heritage has been increasing recently which are;
    1. Integrating the study of Archeology, History, Cultural Values and Architecture in order to improve the ability of the human resource to work on cultural heritages
    2. Not only providing knowledge and information to students but also eager to communicate with the residents in historical areas. Operate the work with community such Meeting, Conference or Exhibition.
    3. Offering the credits to students who went volunteer for the restoration process. In this way, students would have more opportunities to experience in the field work and in real situation.
    4. Taking care its own buildings which are cultural heritages in preserving the structure and also its landscape.
    During this program, I have published my article in one proceeding book: “A Resilient City - Towards A Disaster - Resilient Community” Defining The Architectural Space: Durability and Fleetingness of Architect 2011/2 Issue 14. Technical Transactions of 11th International Scientific Conference of the institute of Architectural design, Krakow, Architektura, Kracow University of Technology. November 18 - 19, 2011. pp 147 - 150. And give a presentation on the topic of “University - Community Business Continuity Management For Disaster - Resilient Community” in The 3rd International workshop of Awareness and Responsibility on Environmental Risks, Cagliari, Italy. On December 2, 2011.

    Biligsaikhan BAT JARGAL2nd year of the doctoral program, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Ritsumeikan University
    Brief SummaryI participated on-site seminars in SOAS and made an oral presentation about my research. I made a demonstration of myaprototype system and made discussions for obtaining comments and feedbacks. Basic survey on end-user evolutions is conducted. I met with researchers at SOAS, exchanged knowledge and obtained some valuable comments. Such comments are considerable for my research. I broaden my understanding of users' and researchers needs.
    As the outcome of my research, I developed a prototype system for Ukiyo-e prints ( Some research achievements and results are submitted and presented to the international conforences such as DH2012, Culture and Computing 2011 and Osaka Symposium on Digital Humanities 2011, as well as domestic conference 人文科学とコンピュータシンポジウム論文集. Now I'm working ona a journal article.

    Kingkarn SOOKHANPHIBARNPostdoctral Fellow, Kinugasa Research Organization, Ritsumeikan University
    Brief SummaryUnder Construction.

    Takafusa IIZUKA2nd year of the doctoral program, Graduate School of Letters, Ritsumeikan University
    Brief SummaryI have studied on preservation and utilisation of major canal network on England. Concretely, I investigated utilisation, locks, mooring boats of the canal in Regent 's Canal, Birmingham Canal, Manchester Ship Canal, Rochdale Canal and so on. In addition, at the SOAS Library and British Library, I have collected a lot of mate rials (books, papers, statistics) of transportation of canals.
    I have constructed GIS database of utilisation, locks, mooring boats of the major canal on England. Also I created a map of the transition of the canal in England. This achievement could be suggested for the Historical GIS project and canal's researchers, and I can provide a new attempt.

    Nozomi Futamata1st year of the doctoral program, Graduate School of Letters, Ritsumeikan University
    Brief SummaryDuring my stay in England, I investigated more than 100 book titles that are owned by The British Museum. My supervisor allowed me to attend project meetings for an exhibition that will be held in 2013. He is playing a key role in the organization and planning of this exhibition so the meetings were very interesting. From the selection of prints which they have chosen to display in they exhibition, I was able to learn many things. For example, the world trend for Genji-e, etc..
    In addition to researching the book titles, I also took digital photos of a very high quality. These digital images facilitate the sharing of information between SOAS, The British Museum and Ritsumeikan University. My research work and photography will make the exchange of metadata much easier for these institutions. It is now possible to make a more accurate list of metadata.