A New Year's seminar was held on Thursday, January 17, at the Main Hall of the Kyoto Station Satellite of the The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics and Technology (KINTEC), with the secretariat located in KCG (Kyoto Computer Gakuin).Mr. Takanori Mazawa, Manager of Cultural Promotion, President of Fuji Xerox Kyoto Co., Ltd. gave a lecture titled "Advanced Technology to Inherit History: Learning from Reproduction of Old Documents".He introduced the company's CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) initiative to reproduce ancient manuscripts in Kyoto, saying, "There are many hints for living in the modern world buried in old things.We hope to achieve deeper communication that transcends time and continue to be useful in the promotion of traditional culture.The seminar was attended by members of the association, The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics (KCGI), and students of KCG.
Mr. Mazawa began by explaining that the company was looking for a CSR activity unique to Kyoto, when in 2008 it was asked to duplicate an old document, "Toshu-kakume," which describes the yearly activities of the Naraya Sugimoto family, including events and cuisine.Even our company, whose main business is copying, faced bottlenecks in reproduction on Japanese paper, which copy machines are not good at, and the fact that this ancient document was folded into four pieces.
The completion of this project led him to make a series of free reproductions of ancient documents, including the Daifuku-cho and sutras, that remain in Kyoto and other places.Mr. Mazawa says, "The facsimile reproductions have made it possible for us to hold these ancient documents in our hands and see them for ourselves, which is a welcome development.I hope that many people will learn about them, as they contain many techniques for living in the modern world," he said.He also announced that he has received many inquiries, including from areas outside of Kyoto.The foyer on the 6th floor was lined with old documents reproduced by the company, and a large circle formed after the lecture.