University of Manchester: New online exhibition featuring Japanese collections launches. “Travels in Tokugawa Japan is the latest exhibition on Manchester Digital Exhibitions. The exhibition allows viewers to take a virtual journey through Tokugawa Japan (1603-1868) using maps and travel guides from the Japanese maps collection.”
e-flux: Online archive of Eiko Ishioka: Blood, Sweat, and Tears—A Life of Design . “The archive of the exhibition Eiko Ishioka: Blood, Sweat, and Tears—A Life of Design is available to view online for a limited period until March 31, 2022. The retrospective exhibition of acclaimed art director Eiko Ishioka was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo from November 2020 to February 2021, and caused a major sensation across generations. On this occasion, the entire exhibition with its comprehensive showcasing of work is once again brought to life through high quality 360°VR and exhibition highlights.”
National Film Archive of Japan: “Films of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923″ is now available.. “With the aim of sharing knowledge about the historic disaster and its impact on society via moving images, this website offers a selection of films of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 which have survived over the century and now part of the collection of the National Film Archive of Japan.” The site is in Japanese, but Google Translate handled it.
New-to-me, from TimeOut Tokyo: 3 exhibits to check out for free at the new Japan Cultural Expo online museum. “With a theme of ‘Humanity and Nature’, the Japan Cultural Expo kicked off in 2019 in the lead-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games to promote Japanese culture through events across the country. Many of the events had an online component as well, so existing footage from the multi-year festival has been combined with some brand new content, and made available for free on the Japan Cultural Expo Virtual Platform.”
My Modern Met: Download 1,000+ Japanese Woodblock Prints by Edo-Era Master Hiroshige . “The Minneapolis Institute of Art recently made their extensive digital collection of woodblock prints by Hiroshige available to view and even download via their website. Within this 1,000+ image archive are examples of his landscapes, cityscapes, portraits, and more—many of which influenced Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters like Monet and Van Gogh.”
The Mainichi: Kamikaze pilot museum in Japan launches online services for remote visitors . “The online museum consists of 10-minute footage introducing the facility’s layout, plus three 5-minute video clips providing three curators’ commentaries on display items. The clips show photographs of suicide pilots and their farewell notes, laid in order of their departure on the attack missions. The footage also demonstrates the characteristics of the Imperial Japanese Army fighter Hayate, and a replica of the suicide attack boat Shinyo, which are both on display at the museum. Google Maps’ StreetView function also enables a 360-degree view of the facility’s interior.”
TimeOut: Six Tokyo museums have put their prized collections online. “A bulk of the digital collection belongs to the Edo-Tokyo Museum (pictured top), which has an online archive of approximately 370,000 items. Count ’em! They span 400 years from the Edo Period (1600-1668) to present day Japan, showcasing how Japanese art has evolved over the centuries.”
Google Blog: Discover the people behind Japanese gastronomy. “In partnership with the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Google Arts & Culture is launching a new project about the incredible people behind the uniqueness of Japanese cuisine. You can check out their stories through 48 new exhibitions and more than a thousand unique images and videos.”
TimeOut Tokyo: This free virtual gallery lets you curate your own online exhibition of Japanese art . “Cultural Japan uses the International Image Interoperability Framework, a database with over 500,000 digital versions of Japanese artworks from 550 institutions around the world such as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Stanford University Museum in California. There are famous ukiyo-e prints like Hokusai’s ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’, as well as ancient artefacts dating all the way back to the Jomon period (14,000-300 BC).”
Tohoku University: Digitized Works from Kokichi Kano Collection Now Open to General Public. “The Kano Collection was brought to Tohoku University through the efforts of Masataro Sawayanagi, the university’s first president and Kano’s close friend. It consists of about 108,000 books, most of which are Japanese and Chinese classics covering a variety of fields such as literature, philosophy, science, art and the military.” 232 works have been digitized and are now available online.