This paper focuses on the documentation of restored arts in Italy and verifis how an act of restoration is connected to a field of documentation. Although Marco Antonio Michiel carried out documentation of restored crafts in 16th century and an art critic Pietro Edwards also tried to attach importance to documentation in a field of restoration in 18th century, Italy has traditionally treated a restoration skill as "secrecy" and documentation of intervention has been hardly done. This paper shows how the Italian restoration method overcame this tendency and experiences a striking way of documentation of restored arts in these days.
Hayasaki Kokichi, after attaining photography techniques, traveled to China in 1893 to accompany Okakura Tenshin's Chinese art research expedition for studying the origins of Japanese art. This research became the cause for Hayasaki to devote himself to Chinese art studies. In 1903, he gained the opportunity to visit Shaanxi province, China as an invited instructor at Sanyuan University. While he was there, the Tokyo Imperial Household Museum (present-day Tokyo National Museum) commissioned him to research cultural objects of the Longmen Grottoes and Henan province, as well as the Shaanxi province region. As a result of this project, Hayasaki brought materials such as rubbings and 155 photographs to be stored at the museum. Photographs taken by Hayasaki are an important resource for knowing the situation in China at the very end of the Qing dynasty, but many aspects regarding the process and itinerary of the research were unknown until now. This paper attempts to follow Hayasaki's journey and collate the dates, times, and locations of the photographs through studying his journal in the collection of the Tenshin Memorial Museum of Art, Ibaraki.
Tsushima domain's Souke Monjo (documents of the So family, the family of the lord of the domain) are a series of 130,000 documents written on the domain's administration in the early modern period and are currently stored in seven different places both inside and outside of Japan. In terms of the 15,000 documents currently possessed by the Kyushu National Museum, the outcomes of the studies on the early techniques of modern document management were utilized to create a database with 1) the use of box and scroll information, 2) three types of numbering systems, and 3) a search system by storage type using a hierarchical structure of boxed scroll documents.