List of Projects

Digital Silk Road

Digital humanities research project about creating digital archives of cultural heritage based on collaboration between informatics and humanities.

Kuzushiji Challenge!

Old books in Edo period was written by Kuzushiji (old Japanese characters), and modern Japanese people can rarely read the characters without effort. Then, instead of humans, can AI read Kuzushiji after training? We release Character Shape dataset to the world as a training data for machine learning to tackle the grand challenge of "Kuzushiji vs. AI" with the collective power of people.

Edo+150 Projects

On November 9, 1867, the restoration of imperial rule symbolized the end of Edo Period. 150 years have passed since then, and now is the time to revive the information space of Edo, using open data about the 260 years of Edo period, and taking advantage of the state-of-the-art technologysuch as artificial intelligence (AI).

Digital Archive of North China Railway

A prototype of research database to clarify the activity of North China Railway, through the mapping of its railway network and investigation into the theme and location of photographs along the railroads taken by the company as a part of its promotional activities.

Memory Platform / Memorygraph

Memorygraph is a new photographic technique to create the layer of memories, and the project aims to develop the Memorygraph app to use it for field work of cultural heritage, tourism, and recovery from disasters.


A project that aims at integrating geographic information science (GIS) and natural language processing (NLP) to develop a geo-tagging system that transforms text to maps automatically.


Geoshape repository is a data repository of releasing geometry of geographic features. It includes "Historical Administrative Boundaries Dataset Beta Version," that shows the historical change of administrative boundaries since 1920.