is a bilingual, collaborative website that aims to make Japanese performing arts accessible to a wider audience. JPARC presents “modules” or collections of webpages devoted to specific topics such as important theatrical figures or readings and productions of a single piece. The site includes sections for the analysis of certain topics, multimedia articles, and reference materials such as glossaries, bibliographies, browsing indexes, and timelines.
Selected JPARC sections are:
- Noh & Kyōgen
- International—Japanese Theatre in the World
- Playwrights and Texts
- Theatre Prints and Illustrations
- Stages, Scenery, Props
- Costumes and Makeup
All sections in JPARC use materials from GloPAD, the online, multilingual database of media objects and their information. JPARC’s searchable content includes media-annotated scripts, essays, slide shows, annotated videos, virtual reality models, timelines, maps, glossaries, and bibliographies.
JPARC offers three levels of depth:
- Learning Modules contain introductory information for anyone interested in exploring fundamental aspects. Examples: Virtual Noh Stage; Introduction to Bunraku.
- Research Modules contain in-depth articles for researchers. Examples: Noh as Performance; Scenery and Props.
- Reference Resources contain bibliographies, a glossary of terms, and browseable lists of pieces, performers, translations, and locations
Some of the rich multi-media sections of JPARC have been built with material from Cornell EAP events and activities. This is so for the dance techniques of the kabuki theatre video resources and the photo essays on the Awaji puppet tradition.
Video of Bando Kotoji performing the piece Sambaso. GloPAD Production record 1001464.