While cultural resources were previously studied individually in such various fields as art history, cultural studies, philology, literature, anthropology and historical archaeology, this course analyzes them as a whole in consideration of their correlation. A large amount of fragmented information on cultural resources is obtained directly from the source material in an exhaustive and objective way and synthesized through digitization, mathematical and data science methods.
Research on manuscripts of Japanese classical literature and their expressions
I study the expressions in kana literature in the Heian period such as waka and narratives. My literary research is based on accurately compiled differences between various versions and empirical data aggregated from a philological standpoint. I teach students specific methods necessary for logical inquiry into the nature of the literary work.
Japanese archaeology, cultural history
Archaeological study of medieval societies, method of historical research by computerization of non-textual resources
In response to the issues raised by Yoshihiko Amino and Susumu Ishii on the study of medieval cities, I study the dynamics of medieval society from the viewpoint of regionality and spatial structure and through the reconstruction of historic landscape synthesizing a variety of non-textual information such as historic ruins, geography and paintings. I also study the universal method of historical research using computerized non-textual resources.
spatio-temporal informatics, anthropology
Ethnological and historical survey and study of human cultural heritage
Human activities consist of coordinates on the temporal and spatial axis, and each phenomenon there is normalized by the thematic axis called behavior. I provide students with the skill to computerize various human behaviors from a phenomenological viewpoint, and the methodology to evaluate the phase of spatio-temporal connection and interpret human behavior.
digital humanities, statistical science
Digital humanities: utilizing computing in the pursuit of humanities research
I aim to empirically clarify the structures by which musical phenomena spreads and changes from a quantitative viewpoint. In concrete, developing technology that supports discoveries and analogies about the characteristics and effect relationships hidden in culture, and creating structures that allow us to understand phenomena that are behind the data. The knowledge and methodologies I provide to carry out each project are not limited to music or classics: they are highly versatile and can be applied to other fields, such as fine arts, iconography, social sciences and geopolitics.
East Asian art, Buddhist art, Iconography of music
Research on the art of Japanese Shinto-Buddhist syncretism
My main interest lies in understanding religion of the people in the past and how they expressed their belief through the art. My current work focus on the art of Shinto-Buddhist syncretism, especially in Koyasan area, known as the center of Japanese Shingon esoteric Buddhism. I am also interested in ancient East Asian musical instruments. We lost some of them, but the images remained in the arts such as Buddhist sculptures and paintings, and they give us useful hints to solve the mysteries of ancient times.