ARTstor Digital Library and Smith College have released approximately 500 images of Japanese art, architecture, and festivals photographed by David Boggett, a Professor in the Faculty of the Humanities at Kyoto Seika University. Boggett’s photographs focus on the historic buildings, religious and civil festivals, and traditions of Kyoto and the nearby Lake Biwa area of Shiga Prefecture. The collection in ARTstor documents the historic architecture in the area, particularly shrines and temples, and the local festivals celebrated at these sites. The images also record the traditional rituals, customs, costumes, and artifacts associated with the festivals, many of which are no longer held, or are have been altered through the influence of modernization and tourism.
For more detailed information about this collection, see the David Boggett: Art, Architecture, and Festivals in Japan (Smith College) page.