Over the Death Fence (*1)

Hi, my name is Yukinobu Kurata.

Here I'd like to introduce what I am aiming for and what I am doing to achieve it.

I'd like to convey the following things to people.

By doing three things—"Study", "Make", and "Share"—about what you find interesting, you can continue to do interesting things and live happily.

"Study", "Make", and "Share" mentioned here are the following activities.

  • "Study" : Learning, researching, observing, studying, experiencing, etc.
  • "Make" : Doing various creative activities (Writing, drawing, making videos, making music, making things, programming, making 3D models, etc.)
  • "Share" : Offering what you have learned or created to others. (Offering as libre and free open content, as the public domain, under an open source license, or for a fee.)

As more and more people do these three things, many different people will be able to bring their own interesting things to the table and tickle each other's curiosity, and this will lead to a more enjoyable society.

This will allow more people to be absorbed in something with their eyes shining.

I think that people can live because they have something to be absorbed in with a twinkle in their eyes. So I hope that everyone can be enthusiastic about something with a twinkle in their eyes.

Such a society in which many people live with their eyes shining is surely a good society. Why don't you join my journey to find a way to make such a wonderful thing come true?

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In the following parts, in order to convey the above, I would like to introduce the three activities I'm engaged in: "Study", "Make", and "Share".

My activities

Central theme: Research on legends of Shuten-doji the Oni King

In order to convey what I mentioned at the beginning, I myself am engaged in three activities: "Study", "Make", and "Share".

Currently, I'm engaged in these three activities, focusing mainly on the following theme.

  • Research on legends of Shuten-doji the Oni King
    (Oni is a kind of demon in Japanese folklore. Shuten-doji is called the king of onis and the most famous oni in Japan.)

    Specifically, I am researching the oldest extant picture scroll describing the legend of Shuten-doji and related fields. The picture scroll was created in medieval Japan around the 15th century. The title of the picture scroll is The Tale of Mount Ōe in Pictures (Japanese: 大江山絵詞, Ōeyama Ekotoba). (*2)

大江山酒天童子絵巻物
Shuten-doji's head biting the samurai helmet (detail) (*3)

(In addition to the central theme mentioned above, there are a variety of other topics of interest me, and I'm working on the three activities listed above for those as well.)

Writing about research results

As one of my research activities on legends of Shuten-doji, I write articles, research reports, blog posts etc. Below are some examples of those activities.

Introductory article on the picture scroll that is my research subject

香取本『大江山絵詞』(おおえやまえことば)の絵図(現状の絵巻の原本の「下巻 第七絵図」)のイメージ画像
reproduction of The Tale of Mount Ōe in Pictures
(for illustrative purposes) (*4)

香取本『大江山絵詞』(おおえやまえことば)の絵巻三巻(「上巻」「下巻」「詞書巻」)
Three picture scrolls of The Tale of Mount Ōe in Pictures
(for illustrative purposes) (*5)

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Article: "Mt. Hirano and Mt. Kaga of Ōmi-no-kuni in The Tale of Mount Ōe in Pictures"

English tentative title of the article*:
"Mt. Hirano and Mt. Kaga of Ōmi-no-kuni in The Tale of Mount Ōe in Pictures: Legend of Shuten-doji as a narrative literature for getting territorial sovereignty by Enryakuji Temple on Mt. Hiei"

(This is my contributed article to the bulletin vol. 24 of the World Oni Society: Published November 2019.)

(* No translation into English yet. Only the original Japanese version is available now.)

世界鬼学会 会報誌 第24号 「平野山」と「近江国かが山」

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Research report: "Sacred tree of blue oni and Shuten-doji as the indigenous water god of Mt. Hiei"

English tentative title of the research report*:
"Sacred tree of blue oni and Shuten-doji as the indigenous water god of Mt. Hiei"

(This is my contributed article to the bulletin vol. 25 of the World Oni Society: Published January 2021.)

(* No translation into English yet. Only the original Japanese version is available now.)

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Research report: "Oni Cave and Oni Sitting Rock"

English tentative title of the research report*:
"Oni Cave and Oni Sitting Rock: Legendary sites related to Shuten-doji and the ancestral onis of Yase-doji, on Yase area in Kyoto and on Enryakuji Temple area of Mt. Hiei"

(This is my contributed article to the bulletin vol. 26 of the World Oni Society: Published January 2022.)

(* No translation into English yet. Only the original Japanese version is available now.)

鬼ヶ洞と鬼腰掛岩_投稿記事_Github掲載用_2022-02-05_14-14-48_001

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List of other articles on my research results about legends of Shuten-doji

大江山酒天童子絵巻物. 一_コマ番号_010_cropped_001
Picture scroll of Shuten-doji on Mount Ōe (detail) (*6)

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Releasing cultural properties into the public domain

In researching legends of Shuten-doji, I sometimes come across cultural properties whose copyright protection period has expired. I am also working to release such cultural properties into the public domain. I also write explanatory articles about these cultural properties.

The purpose of this activity is to increase opportunities for anyone to freely conduct research and creative activities using cultural properties.

The following examples are some of these activities.

Releasing cultural properties on Wikimedia Commons

In researching legends of Shuten-doji, I found out about an old map, Sanmon-Santō Sakamoto Sōezu, created in the mid-Edo period. It depicts the precincts of Enryakuji Temple on Mt. Hiei in Kyoto, Japan.

I went through the process of applying to the National Archives of Japan, which holds the old map, for use of the images of them.

In order to make the images of the old map freely available to many people, I've released them into the public domain on Wikimedia Commons.

Sanmon-Santō Sakamoto Sōezu (1st volume) - Wikimedia Commons

Sanmon-Santō Sakamoto Sōezu (2nd volume) - Wikimedia Commons

Old map: Sanmon-Santō Sakamoto Sōezu (1st volume)
『山門三塔坂本惣絵図』第1鋪 The_whole_map_of_Sanmon-Santō_Sakamoto_Sōezu_(1st_volume)

Old map: Sanmon-Santō Sakamoto Sōezu (2nd volume)
『山門三塔坂本惣絵図』第2鋪 The_whole_map_of_Sanmon-Santō_Sakamoto_Sōezu_(2nd_volume)

 

In addition to the cultural properties listed above, I also released photographs I've taken during research of historic sites associated with legends of Shuten-doji into the public domain (Creative Commons CC0) on the Wikimedia Commons.

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Contribution explanatory articles on cultural properties to Wikipedia

In conjunction with the release of the above images of the old map, Sanmon-Santō Sakamoto Sōezu, into the public domain, I wrote explanatory articles about the old map and contributed it to Wikipedia (English and Japanese).

I wrote these articles to help promote the wide use of this cultural property.

Sanmon-Santō Sakamoto Sōezu - Wikipedia

・Japanese: 山門三塔坂本惣絵図 - Wikipedia

My contributed article on Wikipedia
2021-08-22_16-16-24_002 Wikipedia 『山門三塔坂本惣絵図』

My contributed article on Japanese Wikipedia
2021-08-22_16-16-11_002 Wikipedia 『山門三塔坂本惣絵図』

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Video production : real video images, animation, use of 3D

By looking at things from different perspectives, we can better understand them. With this in mind, I aim to convey what I want to convey in different channels of expression so that people can understand it from many different perspectives.

For example, in order to communicate the results of my research from multiple perspectives, I'm exploring ways to create videos that incorporate various methods of expression, such as real video images, animation, and 3D models.

The following examples are some of these activities.

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Promotional video of the World Oni Society

Blog post about making of the following video

Unofficial promotional video of Oni Symposium

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Mini-animation explainer video

Blog post about making of the following video

Video: The Truth about the Legendary Yin-Yang Master Abe no Seimei

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Introduction video of cultural property

Introduction video of the Picture Scroll of a Multitude of Demons' Night Parade

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Introduction video of places of historic interest and scenic beauty

Introduction video of Oni Cave

Blog post about the following video

Video: Road to Oni Cave

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Introduction video of Oni Sitting Rock

Blog post about the following video

Video: Road to Oni Sitting Rock

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Introduction video of the tomb of Tendai monk Sōō

Blog post about the following video

Video: Road to the tomb of Tendai monk Sōō: Founder of Shugen-dō of Tendai school at Enryakuji Temple on Mt. Hiei

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Production of 3D maps


3D map of Dai-Hiei area, Tō-dō area and Sai-tō area at Enryakuji Temple on Mt. Hiei

See on Sketchfab

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3D map of Obie area and Yokawa area at Enryakuji Temple on Mt. Hiei

See on Sketchfab

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Wide-area 3D map of Enryakuji Temple on Mt. Hiei

Sketchfab_比叡山延暦寺の広域地図(3D地図)_002_2021-08-29_6-18-52

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Production of animation

An example of 3D animation production

Blog post about making of the following video

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An example of 2D animation production

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An example of 2D animation production

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An example of 3D animation production

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An example of 3D animation production

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An example of 3D animation production

Blog post about making of the following video

Blender(ブレンダー) クマさん飛び出て プログラむ うねるPython(パイソン) cosine(コサイン)の跡

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An example of 2D animation production

2Dアニメーション(BlenderのGrease Pencil(グリースペンシル)機能を使用)

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An example of 3D modeling

2Dアニメーション(BlenderのGrease Pencil(グリースペンシル)機能を使用)

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脚注
  1. 無料の写真: 手, ブーケ, フェンス, ギフト, 与えます, 祝います, 関係 - Pixabayの無料画像 - 1549224 by klimkin on Pixabay[↩ Back]
  2. The picture scroll, The Tale of Mount Ōe in Pictures, was formerly owned by the priest family of Katori-jingu Shrine. So it is also called as Katori Manuscript (Japanese: 香取本, Katori-bon) or Katori-bon Ōeyama Ekotoba (Japanese: 香取本 大江山絵詞). [↩ Back]
  3. Image source: 〔A scene in which a Shuten-doji's head bites the helmet of the samurai hero, Minamoto no Yorimitsu.〕, 『大江山酒天童子絵巻物 二』, 国立国会図書館デジタルコレクション, Photo number: 7, (Copyright expired: Public Domain). [↩ Back]
  4. この絵図のイメージ画像は、香取本(かとりぼん)大江山絵詞(おおえやまえことば)』の絵図(現状の絵巻の原本の「下巻 第七絵図」)をもとにして、筆者(倉田幸暢)が制作したものです。[↩ Back]
  5. この「香取本(かとりぼん)大江山絵詞(おおえやまえことば)』の絵巻のイメージ画像(「上巻」「下巻」「詞書巻(ことばがきかん)」の三巻(絵巻の原本の現状))」の画像は、『続日本絵巻大成 19 (土蜘蛛草紙・天狗草紙・大江山絵詞)』の147ページに掲載されている「大江山絵詞 現装」の写真の挿絵をもとに筆者(倉田幸暢)が制作したものです。)[↩ Back]
  6. Image source: 〔A scene in which at the gate of the castle of Shuten-doji, onis and the party led by samurai hero, Minamoto no Yorimitsu, encounter.〕, 『大江山酒天童子絵巻物 一』, 国立国会図書館デジタルコレクション, Photo number: 10, (Copyright expired: Public Domain). [↩ Back]