Cover Graphics

Reproduction of an Asakusa street in the "Age of the Urban Masses", Gallery 5, Main Museum Building

It is thought that an apparatus for projecting moving photographic images on a screen was introduced to Japan in 1896. During the pioneering days of moving pictures, they were shown in places where people gathered such as playhouses and people would go there, together with the projectionist and live narrator, or "benshi", to watch movies. In 1903, the Denkikan Movie Theater in Asakusa and the Kinkikan Theater in Kanda were opened as permanent movie theaters. By around 1920, movie theaters had spread throughout the country, heralding the golden age of silent movies, in which the narrators played a most important part.

Junko Uchida
Folklore and Folklife Department, National Museum of Japanese History


Opening Essay ... Part 8

Special Feature:History's First Steps (visual materials)
Visual materials and research
(Junko Uchida)

A Witness to History

A photographic introduction to items from the collection
Ink rubbings of Chinese stone carvings
(Masaru Nishitani)

Special Feature:History's First Steps (visual materials)

Historical/Folkloric Research and visual materials - an attempt at the documentation of the indescribable (Koji Asaoka)
"Views of Edo" screens - visual records of repairs (Masaharu Nagashima)
Discovering new possibilities for the use of visual materials and presentations (Ryoko Shiotsuki)


Computer graphics reconstruction of the castle town of Azuchi (Yoshihiro Senda)
Making research visuals on "Japanese History and Culture" overseas (Hiroshi Kurushima)
Video and Sound (Junko Uchida)

The 15th Rekihaku Research Update

New Developments in History and Culture Research using Information Technology
Report of the 6th Rekihaku International Symposium
(Fumio Adachi)

Introducing our Researchers - Part 8

A Jack-of-All-Trades - My Archeological Resume (Hiromi Shitara)

Book Review

Minami Hirakawa's "Research on "Mokkan" (Official Messages on Wooden Strips) in the Regions during the Ancient Period"
Reviewed by Yasuhiro Terasaki

Books Introductions by the Author

"A Guide to Terms in Japanese Art" by Kaori Hidaka
"Why do Japanese Make Coin Offerings? - understanding folk beliefs"" by Takanori Shintani

Exhibition Review

Exhibition Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Museum "Haniwa - Form and Meaning"
A Comprehensive Exhibition of "Haniwa" Research
Reviewed by Hatsushige Ootsuka

Rekihaku Chat (readers' page) July 20, 2003

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