An Islamic Sacred Site and Epitaphs in the Southern Urals

This image database offers pictures of headstones and epitaphs in the “Ak-zirat” cemetery, containing the mausoleum of Huseyn-Bek, and located in the raion of Chishmy, which lies about 55 km west of the city of Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russia. It contains pictures taken during a preliminary research visit on September 7, 2019 as well as pictures of the epitaphs photographed on the following day, September 8. Participants in the exploration on September 7-8, 2019 were IMAMATSU Yasushi, ISOGAI Masumi, Marsil N. FARKHSHATOV, Ramil M. BULGAKOV, and Evgenii V. RUSLANOV. Tatʹiana K. SURINA, a scientific photographer, photographed the epitaphs.

Tohoku University Department of Archaeology Digital Archive

This digital archive is developed to extend the accessibility to archaeological remains collected by the Tohoku University Archaeology Laboratory, as well as records obtained mainly during excavations.

Visual Database for Southeast China Areal Studies

This is a visual database of ethnographic data on the social and cultural custom of Chinese in southeast coastal regions including Hong Kong and mainland provinces such as Guangdong, Hainan, and Fujian, which was observed mainly in the 1980s to the early 2000s. All data were collected by Masahisa Segawa thorough his anthropological fieldwork in this area. It comprises three parts: (1) Photographic data on the rituals, daily custom, hamlets, architectures and living tools, as well as the landscapes surrounding them. (2) Total or partial copy of genealogical books compiled and reserved by local lineages in Hong Kong and Southeastern China. (3) Copy of 1:1000 Village maps edited by Hong Kong colonial government in 1980s. It contains many images of the ancestor worship rituals, seasonal ceremonies, and other customary activities of Han Chinese and other ethnic minorities in this area in the late 20th and the early 21st century and also contains the genealogical information of local lineages in the area. Due to the inclusion of personal information, this collection is not publicly accessible. If necessary for academic research, you can apply for access and if permission is granted, you will be able to view it within the Center for North Asian Studies, Tohoku University (though the scheme is currently under development).

Kitake Monjo

Since 2020, the Uehiro Research Division of Historical Materials Study of the Center for Northeast Asian Studies at Tohoku University has been investigating 482 historical documents belonging to the Kita family, a feudal retainer of the Sendai Domain during the Edo period. The project was conducted with the approval of Miyagi Prefecture’s Kami Town Board of Education, which possesses the documents.

Tundra Nenets in Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District: Their Lifestyle and Subsistence Activity

This collection is the image materials of the traditional culture of Nenets, an indigenous people for the exhibition which was held in 2020 by the invitation of the administration of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug of the Russian Federation. The photos were taken as part of a cultural anthropology survey conducted by Professor Atsushi Yoshida of Chiba University from 1995 to 2016.

Archive on the 2012 Photo Exhibition of Siberian Ethnography in Siberia

Social anthropologist Hiroki Takakura organized the photo exhibition in Sakkyryr village, Eveno-Bytantaiskii Ulus, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Russian Federation during March 22-24, 2012. The photographs were taken by him conducting anthropological fieldwork at the Verkhoyansky region in Siberia during 1994-1996. This archive shows various aspects of the traditional livelihood of the indigenous Eveny people with the beautiful landscape of Verkhoyansky regions. There are two values in this archive: the first is on the historic-ethnographical record of the culture of Eveny people after the dissolution of socialist regime; and the second is on the material suggesting a way of collaboration between scientists and the targeted people for the research.

Image Database of Texts and Pictures on East Asian Publication Culture

The publication culture such as classic books and literature is one of the important keys for approaching East Asian cultural history and the historiography.This database selects the most rare materials from various sources such as classic books published during the Song, Yuan, and Ming dynasties picture, materials drawn during the Ming and Qing dynasties, Qing dynasty court drama literature, Qing dynasty oral literature collection, and the related European early modern documents to provide the original images through the website. The purpose is to strengthen the foundation of the studies for East Asian publication culture. The organizer is Akira Isobe, philologist (Chinese literature), professor emeritus.