FROGBEAR Database Update with Our Data

April 18, 2024
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We are pleased to share that the FROGBEAR (From The Ground Up: Buddhism & East Asian Religions) Database of Religious Sites in East Asia has been enriched with a collection of 35 records featuring plaques, couplets, and calligraphies from Manpuku-ji in Uji, Japan. These remarkable data was gathered during our FROGBEAR Cluster 1.5 summer program, held from July 23 to 30, 2023.

Led by Dr. Jiang Wu and sponsored by the University of British Columbia, the program focused on exploring the wood blocks of the Obaku Tetsugen Canon preserved in Hozoin at Manpukuji. Participants included 17 faculty members and graduate students from University of Arizona, University of British Columbia, Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts, McGill University, Columbia University, University of Chicago, École Pratique des Hautes Études-PSL, Ewha Womans University, Princeton University, Temple University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Glasgow, John Abbott College, Brown University, and Edinburgh University.

To explore this collection, visit the FROGBEAR Database ( and filter by Cluster 1.5.

For guidance on navigating the database, refer to


What is the FROGBEAR Database of Religious Sites in East Asia?

The FROGBEAR Database is a public database displaying texts, images, videos, and other research content accumulated during the SSHRC-funded research project on Buddhism and East Asian Religions (2016-2023). The digital materials are stored in an open access digital repository housed in the Open Collections of the University of British Columbia Library. The database consists of records containing one or more digital objects (photographs, videos, audio recording, and other files) related to East Asian religions and accompanied by metadata describing their content and significance.