David Boggett: Art, Architecture, and Festivals in Japan

David Boggett, Mikage Matsuri (Mikage Festival), at Mikage Shrine, musicians seated in pavilion, 12-May-92, Kyoto, Japan. ©David Boggett; Universal; Image and scholarly information provided by David Boggett

Smith College has contributed approximately 500 images of Japanese art, architecture, and festivals photographed by David Boggett to the Artstor Digital Library. 

David Boggett is a scholar of Japanese history, who lives and teaches in Kyoto, Japan. His photographs focus on the historic buildings, religious and civic festivals, and traditions of Kyoto and the nearby Lake Biwa area of Shiga Prefecture. The collection in Artstor documents the traditional architecture in the area, particularly shrines and temples, and the local festivals celebrated at these sites. The images also record the rituals, customs, costumes, and artifacts associated with the festivals, many of which are no longer held, or are have been altered through modernization and tourism. Boggett concentrates on sites that reveal the impact of other cultures, such as the early influence of Korea and China, or the modernizing effects of the West during the post-Meiji period.

David Boggett is a Professor Emeritus of Kyoto Seika University, where he taught Japanese and Asian history for more than 30 years. He received his B.A. and M.A. in History from Cambridge University. He now resides in Chiangrai, North Thailand. The Imaging Center at Smith College oversaw the Boggett/Artstor project and provided cataloging information for the images in the collection.