What Is Nabunken? A Researcher’s View

Speaker: Dr. Peter Yanase, project researcher, Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties (Nabunken)
Date: Saturday, July 22, 2023
Time: 10:00 a.m.–12:00 noon JST (Zoom opens at 9:30 for pre-meeting visiting)
Advance registration (required): https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIoduihqj0uEtbJIPsPuiEeUGae0C8egZtm

A Japanologist with particular interest in philosophy of science, Peter Yanase has been working at Nabunken since June 2019. He develops English texts for museums and multilingual information retrieval solutions for archaeological data. 

Yanase will talk about a Nabunken-organized training session held in March 2023, which was attended by more than 70 museum curators and others in charge of producing multilingual texts on cultural heritage at organizations around Japan. He will also mention his approach to “translation,” which is often more like creative rewriting, and his efforts to cope with “translation politics.” He is keenly interested in what could be automated in translation work relating to cultural properties. Regarding the latter, he is interested in hearing what problems/challenges that have not already been addressed professionals would like to tackle using the technology available.