Basic research facility for the advanced development of storage, classification and exhibition of priceless artifacts.
The Digital Archive Research Center is devoted to developing methods for creating digital records of ancient manuscripts and artifacts and new ways to store, classify and exhibit them, especially handwritten manuscripts and the artifacts of the Otani Expedition. The aim is not only to have a collection of digital images but also to scientifically and quantitatively evaluate them by conducting an analysis of the composition of their materials and textures. The basic knowledge will prove to be indispensable for the preservation and restoration of the original manuscripts and artifacts themselves and contribute to the creation of an entirely new and unique library.
Digital recording and storage to insure preservation of manuscripts and artifacts
The president of Ryukoku University choose this name for the building because "zuiko" means the bright, shining wisdom of the Buddha. This expresses his hope that the research undertaken there will be blessed with the Buddha's wisdom and that this wisdom will be transmitted throughout the world by the results of this project which could only be completed at Ryukoku University. (The "kan" of Zuikoukan simply means building.)
Digital Archives Research Center
(Research Center for World Buddhist Cultures)
125-1 Daiku-chō, Shichijō-dōri, Ōmiya Higashi-iru, Shimogyō-ku,
Kyoto 600-8268 Japan