We are concentrating on two sub-projects; studying the commercialization of an unconventional music experience utilizing VR/surround technology, and revitalizing local economies in Japan through the modernization of Japanese traditional crafts, such as lacquer ware, to increase both tourism and exports.
1. Leveraging IT for Regional Revitalization
Sabae and KMD “Traditional Crafts’ Future Project”
A team led by Professor Hiroyuki Kishi is collaborating with the city of Sabae, Fukui on the “Traditional Crafts’ Future Project,” which seeks to combine design, advanced technology, and interactions with consumers to leverage traditional crafts for regional revitalization.
Launched in 2015, the project focuses on Echizen Urushi lacquerware, a traditional craft from Sabae. It has studied the innovative local initiatives already in place and validated the hypotheses behind them. During Phase 1, a new design competition called the “Sabae Urushi Award” was established to identify works suitable for commercialization. A 3D printer and cutting machine were also installed in the city’s “Urushi-no-Sato Kaikan (Sabae echizen lacquerware traditional industry building)” to create a digital studio in which craftspeople can apply lacquer to new objects, develop new products, and open new markets.
“Policy Watch” is a web magazine which collaborates with members who have a professional knowledge of policy and economics. They make a commentary not only on policy but also other topics by using movies or articles.
3.Social Reading Project
In Social Reading Project, we design a social network on the Internet by taking into considerate on real human networks with a publishing company. Readers of magazines tend to communicate with another person about topics given by the magazine, so we prepare some functions for recommending articles to other people. Also, we make readers write comments so simple as expressing impression while reading.
“LOCAL” aimes at supporting a local activity from various ways. We will cooperate with local companies, soccer teams, and local magazines to develop their unique cultures, traditions, and values as their local industry.