Virtual museum of Japanese-Buddhist temple features for intercultural communication

Takashi Kawai*, Hidenobu Takao, Tetsuri Inoue, Hiroyuki Miyamoto, Kageyu Noro

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This paper describes the production and presentation of an experimental virtual museum of Japanese Buddhist art. This medium can provide an easy way to introduce a cultural heritage to people of different cultures. The virtual museum consisted of a multimedia program that included stereoscopic 3D movies of Buddhist statues; binaural 3D sounds of Buddhist ceremonies and the fragrance of incense from the Buddhist temple. The aim was to reproduce both the Buddhist artifacts and atmosphere as realistically as possible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-147
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 1998
EventStereoscopic Displays and Virtual Reality Systems V - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: 1998 Jan 261998 Jan 29


  • Binaural 3D sounds
  • Cultural heritage
  • Environmental fragrance
  • Multimedia
  • Stereoscopic 3D images

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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