"Hosei University Nogami Memorial Noh Theatre Research Institute, Virtual Museum"



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Hosei University (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. President: Toshio Masuda) opened "Hosei University Nogami Memorial Noh Theatre Research Institute, Virtual Museum" on a virtual campus which is constructed on Second Life, as a collaborative project (Project leader: Hisato Kobayashi, Vice Director of HITEC / Professor of the Faculty of Engineering and Design) by the Nogami Memorial Noh Theatre Research Institute (hereafter referred to as “Noh Theatre Research Institute”) and by Hosei University Information Technology Research Center (HITEC).

"Hosei University Nogami Memorial Noh Theatre Research Institute, Virtual Museum" is a part of the projects in which valuable data owned by Noh Theatre Research Institute are digitalized and publicized, and some part of the data will be newly opened to the public on the 3D internet site. Taking great advantage of Second Life which is accessed predominantly by overseas users, English explanations are given in the exhibitions of "Hosei University Nogami Memorial Noh Theatre Research Institute, Virtual Museum". This is for the purpose of further promoting Nohgaku (Noh & Kyogen) by offering more opportunities to more people to learn about Nohgaku, one of Japan’s traditional cultures.

For the construction of "Hosei University Nogami Memorial Noh Theatre Research Institute, Virtual Museum" which will be opened this time, we developed, together with the assistance of Metabirds Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, CEO: Naoyoshi Shimatani)


Exhibition of “Hosei University Nogami Memorial Noh Theatre Research Institute, Virtual Museum.”

“Hosei University Nogami Memorial Noh Theatre Research Institute, Virtual Museum” will be opened and on exhibit from today on the following SIM in Second Life.

URL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/HOSEI%20RESEARCH%20CENTER/250/52/23

Also in “Hosei University Nogami Memorial Noh Theatre Research Institute, Virtual Museum”, the “Tour Ride System” is loaded so that people who are not so familiar with Second Life operations can smoothly enjoy the facility.

“Nohgaku Koka Kanjin Noh Emaki”, a huge exhibit inside this facility can be viewed and appreciated with simple mouse operations.

Tour Ride System

An automatic procession-style viewing system which can be used in Second Life or OpenSim. It is a general-purpose system which can freely exhibit 3D objects, sound, moving images, texts, picture images etc. at specific viewing points.

“Hosei University Nogami Memorial Noh Theatre Research Institute”

It was founded in 1952 to honor the achievements of Dr. Toyoichiro Nogami, former President of Hosei University. As a sole comprehensive research institute of Nohgaku in Japan, it has not only been leading in the research into Nohgaku but also, in recent years, it has been very positively involved in the activities in new areas such as international research cooperation and in different fields of interdisciplinary studies.

URL:http://www9.i.hosei.ac.jp/~nohken/

Hosei University Information Technology Research Center (HITEC)

This is a new-style “Open Research Center” which aims to integrate humanities and sciences by building partnerships with both domestic and overseas research institutions and businesses, in order to develop research and education in IT in the globalized world of the 21st century, as well as to promote international research and educational activities. In addition to promoting the education and research of IT utilization, it has been offering international distance learning and e-Learning programs through the internet, in collaboration with the overseas bases which were set up by Hosei University.

URL:http://www.hosei.ac.jp/hitec/

Metabirds Co., Ltd.

One of Japan’s first companies specializing in virtual worlds (Metaverses). It has been engaged in the virtual world solution provider business which integrates “Second Life”, a virtual world service by America’s Linden Research Lab. or other virtual worlds, Websites and IT systems, in the production and sale of virtual items, and in the virtual / Web interlocking community management business etc.

URL:http://www.metabirds.com/

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