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17 March 2007

Virtual Kyoto Web Site


17 Mar 2007

Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan

Supplied note:
"Teachers in Japanese studies will be interested to learn of a new, very sophisticated web-based project, Virtual Kyoto, that has just opened to the public. It features a variety of material covering the history, culture and present of the city from its founding as Heiankyo in the eighth century. The web site has recently opened to the public and is now accessible at the [URL below]

The project presents reconstructions of ancient Kyoto, Muromachi-era Kyoto, Tokugawa Kyoto, and the nineteenth and twentieth century city as it was transformed into the city we know today. When fully opened the site will contain digital maps, reconstructions of the Shijo-Kawaramachi area over time, reconstructions of the Gion Festival, the Minamiza Theater, three-dimensional terrain models, and Kyoto ukiyoe data as well as a broad array of photographs.

A very richly illustrated, bi-lingual book - Japanese, with extensive English summaries - explains both the project's development and its content in considerable detail: Yano Keiji, Nakaya Tomoki and Isoda Yuzuru, eds., _Baacharu Kyoto: Kako, genzai, mirai e no tabi_ (_Virtual Kyoto: Exploring the Past, Present and Future of Kyoto_), Kyoto: Nakanishiya Shuppan, 2007, 2600 yen + tax (for English language orders use ISBN number 4779501008 on the English version of Amazon.co.jp and the title is listed in Japanese on Amazon.co.jp for credit card orders; please contact order--at--nakanishiya.co.jp to order directly by credit card from the publisher)

At present the site is available largely in Japanese, but it does have some English language support and it is possible to navigate many parts of the site without knowing Japanese. Even where users may not have Japanese language skills, since this is overwhelmingly a visual experience exploring the site can be very rewarding. The project is the product of the efforts of geographers, historians, archaeologists, art historians and other specialists and is the product of a multi-year Center of Excellence grant from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and is the collaborative effort of scholars at Ritsumeikan University. - pb."

URL http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/acd/cg/lt/geo/coe/index.html

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Philip Brown (brown.113--at--osu.edu), forwarded by h-asia--at--h-net.msu.edu

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