Overview of Research Projects

The 21st COE Program has demonstrated successful results in collecting material, developing analysis methods, and disseminating its accomplishments in the three fields of " illustrated materials ”, “ physical techniques ”, and “ environment and scenery ”.

The Center for Nonwritten Cultural Materials shall take over and further develop the contents of that Program, and promote joint research projects with the aim of tackling issues left unresolved in the COE Program.

The joint research projects shall basically last for three years, and the results attained shall be organized in the final year. Workshops shall be held annually, and researchers involved shall aim to create and disclose relevant databases.

Joint Research Projects ; TERM4(FY2017-FY2019)

  1. Joint Research and Compilation Project on "Multilingual Version of Pictopedia of Everyday Life in Medieval Japan"
  2. City Life in 19th Century Europe as Seen in Paintings, Prints and Photographs
  3. Groundwork for the Second Phase Compilation of the “Pictopedia of Everyday Life in East Asia(Compiled on South of the Yangzi River, China)”
  4. Pictopedia of Everyday Life in Early Modern Japan‐Urban Living Environments as Seen through Processions
  5. Various Activities and Industries of the Japanese People at Open Ports (International Settlements and Foreign Concessions) in East Asia
  6. The Reorganization of Religious Services and Shrines in Modern Okinawa
  7. An Experiment in Medieval Landscape Restoration- Somuta Village in Wakamatsu-Ku, Kitakyushu City as a Case Study
  8. Research on Efficient Searching and Safe and Secure Distribution of Information and Services in the Nonwritten Cultural Materials Research Community
  9. Research on Popular Media in Wartime Japan(1937-45)

Joint Research Projects ; TERM3(FY2014-FY2016)

  1. Joint Research and Compilation Project on "Multilingual Version of Pictopedia of Everyday Life in Medieval Japan"
  2. Research Project on Pictopedias of Everyday Life in Europe during the First Half of the 19th Century
  3. Former Japanese Concessions in China and Korea
  4. Follow-up Research on the Historical Sites of Overseas Japanese Shrines
  5. Environmental History of Life in Brackish Water Areas
  6. Research on How Houseboat People Lived and How Their Lives Changed
  7. Research on Basic Technologies, Including Data Mining and a User Interface, for the Internet Eco-Museum
  8. Research on Popular Media in Wartime Japan

Joint Research Projects ; TERM2(FY2011-FY2013)

  1. Joint Research and Compilation Project on Pictopedias of Everyday Life
  2. Joint Research on Concessions and Media Space in East Asia
  3. Joint Research on Continuity and Transformation of Scenery as Seen from Japanese Shrines Site
  4. Joint Research on Environmental History of Waterfront Life
  5. Joint Research on Effective Retrieval and Secure Distribution of Nonwritten Cultural Materials

Joint Research Projects ; TERM1(FY2008-FY2010)

A Core Joint Research Projects

As an organization that inherits the 21st Century COE Program and aspires to be a global training and research center, the Center shall build and preserve research networks, while researching and developing information dissemination systems.

  1. It will investigate, gather information and research on methods related to the formation of a global research network (hereafter referred to as“Studies on Network Formation for Research on Nonwritten Cultural Materials”)
  2. It will promote studies on system development related to the collection, organization, preservation, and disclosure / dissemination of nonwritten cultural materials (hereafter referred to as “Studies on System Development for the Dissemination of Nonwritten Cultural Materials”)

B Specific Joint Research Projects

Based on the accumulated research know-how from the 21st Century COE Program, the Center shall set new research issues and conduct joint research projects.

  1. Compilation and Joint Research on the Multilingual Version of Pictopedia of Everyday Life in Medieval Japan
  2. The Process of Urban Reconstruction Following the Great Kanto Earthquake, Creation of Database and Collection of Materials
  3. Former Japanese Concessions in China and Korea
  4. Studies on the Realities of Continuity and Transformation - the Case of 60 Years of Study in Tsushima