New York W73'57" N40'46", Almost Sunrise, Zodiac Symbol is U (Rabbit)
JIKANKEI 1.8 MacOSX on Satellite image of Google MAP.




Tokyo E139'45" N35'40", Night,
JIKANKEI 1.8 MacOSX on Satellite image of Google MAP.




Chomolungma E86'55" N27'59", Zodiac Symbol is Tori (Rooster)
7 degrees before Sunset. JIKANKEI 1.8 MacOSX on Satellite image of Google MAP.




Stonehenge on Salisbury W1'49", N51'10", Time is between Zodiac Symbols of Tatsu (Snake) and Uma (Horse).
22degrees before Noon. JIKANKEI 1.8 MacOSX on Satellite image of Google MAP.



JIKANKEI “FUJYO JIHOU” /
時間系不定時報

JIKANKEI is a software art. The word JIKANKEI is the time system, and FUJYO JIHOU is gradually changing time in Japanese. We are living in one of 24 local time zones by modern universal system, also are involved into one global time by the Internet. JIKANKEI shows the sunrise, the sunset and the sun direction times. This is a primitive time idea, but more personal. JIKANKEI does not express scientifically accurate data. It is only an art work. Linger in the morning brightness, in the afternoon glow, and enjoy the gradually changing seasons on this globe. JIKANKEI is like fictions or poems. It is useless in this pursuit of profitable computer society. I hope you will realize your standing place on this globe and feel the atmosphere of the Earth. The author makes no warranties to your physical and/or mental damages.

The basic idea of "JIKANKEI FUJYO JIHOU" is before Westernized Japanese Clock System (until 1873). Probably it was the most popular time system in the world. I believed your ancestors lived in the similar JIKANKEI time. I just did not know the histories well. FUJYO JIHOU divides daytime to six equal periods which an angular unit to 30 degrees is measured along the celestial equator. When it is equinox one of periods is almost two hours. However It is changed by seasons, summer time is longer and winter time is shorter. The each divided points were named to the 6 directions of zodiac symbols in day time and the 6 directions of symbols in evening, such as U (卯: pronounced "wu" rabbit, the sunrise. six gongs: ake mutsu), TATSU (辰: dragon, 30 degrees from the sunrise / about two hours form the sunrise. five gongs), MI (巳: pronounced "me" snake, 60 degrees from the sunrise / about four hours from the sunrise. four gongs), and UMA (午: "wuma". horse, 90 degrees. noon. nine gongs), HITSUJI (未: sheep. 120 degrees. eight gongs), SARU (申: monkey. 150 degrees. sevent gongs), TORI (酉: rooster. 180 degrees. six gongs: kure mutsu). JIKANKEI also shows one twelfth of daytime and one twelfth of evening time for the understanding of differences between twenty fourth even divided modern clock system.

JIKANKEI displays angles of the Sun and local times of cities and places on the Earth. When the Sun transits on divided 30 degrees, JIKANKEI plays a signal of MIDI sound which is made by the text of Sun date of the places. Mac version shows a full screen of Google MAPS's satellite images on the background.

JIKANKEI takes sunrise and sunset data of the specific place from US Naval Observatory Date Services by longitude and latitude through Internet. The development of JIKANKEI was started in 2002. It had been suspended for some years for the Internet data problems. However the development was restarted in September 2012.

Kenji Kojima
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JIKANKEI “FUJYOJIHO” for MacOS 2.0.1 (Universal Binaries)
You can not use JIKANKEI for commercial purposes, personal use only.
Use this program at your own risk. The author makes no warranties.


If the JIKANKEI shows only Google map accidentally, show all windows by expose. see this
V.2:
The Sun Time, Fukushima to Hiroshima.
        20 Nuclear Explosions and Accidents Places.

JIKANKEI “FUJYOJIHO” for Windows XP
You can not use JIKANKEI for commercial purposes, personal use only.
Use this program at your own risk. The author makes no warranties.
Windows version does not support full screen and Google map.
Windows version was tested only on XP.


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How to set the accurate location by longitude and latitude.

1) Enlarge the "Longitude Latitude map" below. Make as large as you can where you like to set the location.
2) Click on the map and get the decimal number of Longitude and Latitude.
     If you know the address where you want to set, type it and click "Take Me!".
3) Copy and paste into Decimal Longitude and Decimal Latitude in the custom place setting.
4) Type the Place name where you like (you can see "Columbus Circle, New York, NY (Standard)" )
5) Set the map size (you can change the map size later).
6) Type the time zone hours (it is important. If you are in saving time zone, it changes. ).
     They may help when your are in saving time.
     http://www.worldtimeserver.com/      http://www.timeanddate.com/time/
7) Click on "Set the Place" and close the custom place setting window.

MacOS only:
8) If the place is your default place, open custom place setting again.
9) Mark the check box of the "Default Place", and select the place. Select map size.
10) Click on "Close". The default place will be in the bottom of "Select Place" opetion menu.

Satellite Images (MacOS only):
Only Mac OS version can show a map image on a full screen.
When you like to see a clear satellite image, show all windows by expose and click on a satellite image (see below).
Show the top menu bar: Double click on the background. Hide menu bar: Double click on the bottom place name.








Software Art Installation Plan fro version 2.0: "JIKANKEI Sun Time, Fukushima to Hiroshima."
"JIKANKEI" Displays the Sun Direction Times at the 20 Nuclear Explosions and Catastrophic Accidents Places.


20 Nuclear Explosions and Catastrophic Accidents Places. version 2.0.1

1. Fukushima, Japan: Explosions at Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. March 2011
2. Enewetak Atoll, Marshall Islands: Nuclear weapons tests by USA between 1948 and 1958
3. Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands: Nuclear weapons tests by USA between 1946 and 1958
4. Amchitka, Alaska: Nuclear weapons tests in Aleutian Islands by USA between 1965 and 1971
5. Moruroa, French Polynesia: Nuclear weapons tests by France between 1966 and 1996
6. Trinity Site, New Mexico: Nuclear weapon test by USA. July 1945
7. Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania: Nuclear meltdown at Three Mile Island Power Plant in USA. March 1979
8. Enrico Fermi, Michigan: Nuclear meltdown at Enrico Fermi Nuclear Generating Station. October 1966
9. Lucens, Vaud, Switzerland: Nuclear meltdown of the cavern at Lucens, Vaud, Switzerland. January 1969
10. Sahara Desert, Algeria: Nuclear weapons tests by France between 1960 and 1962
11. Chernobyl, Ukraine: Explosions at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant under USSR. April 1986
12. Novaya Zemlya, Arctic Ocean: Nuclear weapons tests by USSR between 1955 and 1990
13. Chagai Hills, Pakistan: Nuclear weapons tests by Pakistan. 1998
14. Pokhran, India: Nuclear weapons tests by India. 1974, 1998
15. Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan: Nuclear weapons tests in Kazakhstan under USSR between 1949 and 1989
16. Lop Nur, China: Nuclear weapons tests by China between 1964 and 1996
17. Trimouille Island, Montebello Islands: Nuclear weapon test in Western Australia by UK. October 1952
18. Musadan-Ri, North Kore: Nuclear weapons tests by North Korea. 2006, 2009.
19. Nagasaki, Japan: The atomic bombing of the city by US. August 1945
20. Hiroshima, Japan: The atomic bombing of the city by US. August 1945



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Version History

JIKANKEI development was stared in 2002. It was a kind of time or clock toy. The format of the present version (2.0) was made in 2007. However the sun data of US Naval Observatory Date Services were changed, then the software JIKANKEI did not work a while. The problem was fixed in September 2012 version 1.7.

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Version 2.0.1 (for MacOS): 11/18/2012
Added 2 Nuclear Meltdown Places
• Fixed the Sun below horizon near the north pole.

Version 2.0.0 (for MacOS): 11/09/2012
Added 18 Nuclear Explosions and Accidents Places.
Background color changes from grey, blue, green, orange to red gradually.
Improved window transparency controller.
Added saved last visited places list. When JIKANKEI CAN not get the data from US Naval Observatory Date Services,
   it opens auotmatically. JIKANKEI saves the last visited place when you close.

Version 1.7.4 (for MacOS): 10/05/2012
Place names, longitude and latitude are displayed on a full screen.
Map sizes bug of the custom setting was fixed.
Version 1.7.4 (for Window XP): 10/04/2012
Windows version does not support a full screen and Google map.
Version 1.7.1 (MacOSX only): 09/04/2012
Fixed getting data of JIKANKEI.
Removed "JIKANKEI Memories".
No Windows versions.

URL of sunrise and sunset data of US Naval Observatory Date Services were changed,
and JIKANKEI did not work for a while.


Version 1.6.4: 05/17/07
1) Windows version is updated to the same functions as Mac OSX. This version of Windows shows a satellite image of Google MAPS (but cannot show it on a full screen), and makes SUN music (you have to install a free version of "Apple QuickTime").
2) Fixed: Version 163 could not save Today's Data correctly, then "Call memory" did not work.(this problem was only version 163)
3) Improved "Help" from "Help" menu.
4) Improved a function of "put JIKANKEI into Dock(MacOS) / Taskbar(Windows)".
5) Map size added 18 to 19.
Version 1.6.3: (Mac OSX only)
1) Added: Time signal of SUN Music. (Select SUN Music the bottom of voice list)
2) Fixed: When JIKANKEI was started up, a custom default place name did not show correctly.
Version 1.6.2: (Mac OSX only)
1) Added: Create and record SUN music from the SUN memory data.
2) Added: User setting default place name appears in a place menu.
2) Fixed: When a default place was set, "Remember Today" was not shown.
6) and some small improvements.
Version 1.6.1: (Mac OSX only)
1) Showing Google MAPS was improved.
2) Fixed: When a default place was set by a user, maps size did not set correctly.
3) Fixed: When the date was change to the next day, could not get the data.
4) Large type of JIKANKEI FUJYOJIHOU which is converted to modern time system displays at the top left.
5) Place name size made wider.
6) Fixed: other small bugs.
Version 1.6.0: (Mac OSX only)
It shows Satellite images of Google map on the full size screen of background.
Version 1.5.6:
Fixed: When you set a light background color, a dark shadow appeared.
Version 1.5.5:
Fixed: Version1.5.4 did not show "Call Memory" correctly.
Version 1.5.4:
Added: Actual Today's date. "?" of Custom Places setting. Improved design of the Default Place setting.
Version 1.5.3:
Added function: Importing the saved date, custom places and other settings from an old version.
Version 1.5.2:
Fixed: After called memory, Today's universal time was set wrong.
Version 1.5.1:
Fixed: Phoenix was in the wrong time zone.
Version 1.5.0:
Added: MEMORIES can remember and call the day of FUJYO JIHOU in your time zone.
Version 1.4.9:
Added: Default place can be set.
Open custom place setting. Mark "Default Place". You can select the default place which you have set the places from the menu (see below).


Version 1.4.8:
Added: moon phases. Expanded background can be minimized into dock (only MacOSX).
Fixed: when the local time was over midnight, the date and sunrise-sunset data were not changed.
Wax: (of the moon between new and full) have a progressively larger part of its visible surface illuminated, increasing its apparent size.
Wane: (of the moon) have a progressively smaller part of its visible surface illuminated, so that it appears to decrease in size.
Version 1.4.7:
Added a calendar and can change the date.
Version 1.4.6 (only MacOSX):
If you use dual monitors, the second display can set an expanded background JIKANKEI.
Version 1.4.5:
1. If you were in South Australia time zone(+9.5), the local date and time were wrong.
2. When a machine was in the last day of month, JIKANKEI could not get sunrise and sunset data of next day's places .
Version 1.4.4:
Conversion from decimal number of longitude and latitude was wrong minutes.
Version 1.4.3:
1. You can set your favorite places on the Earth.


2. Linked with a longitude latitude map, and a time zones map.
3. Adjusted for midnight sun(arctic night).
4. Added places, YAKUSHIMA and GALAPAGOS ISLANDS.


Eight Background colors.
MacOS version can expand the background to a full screen size.
(see one of top images)



Old History:
The project JIKANKEI (TimeToy or Time System in English) was started and participated in The First Free Biennial April, 2002. JIKANKEI is a Time browser collects and processes Internet Time data for an Art purpose. First version "The Beginning" was gathering various potential Time data for the purpose. And next “Chapter SUNDIAL JIKANKEI FUJYOU JIHOU” is the latest version.
Version 1.4.5 Bug fixed. 1. If you were in South Australia time zone(+9.5), the local date and time were wrong. 2. When a machine was in the last day of month, JIKANKEI could not get sunrise and sunset data of next day places .
Version 1.4.4: 1.Bug fixed. Conversion from decimal number of longitude and latitude was wrong.
Version 1.4.3: 1. You can set your favorite places on the Earth. 2. Linked with a longitude and latitude map, and a time zones map. 3. Adjusted for midnight sun(arctic night). 3. Added places, YAKUSHIMA and GALAPAGOS ISLANDS.
Version 1.4.2: 1. Prepared the new US daylight saving time from 2007(the Energy Policy Act of 2005). 2. Improved the control of the background color brightness. 3. Changed 1.4 version of help image. 4. Added "About JIKANKEI FUJYO JIHOU..." of Japanese. 5. Added voice test function 6. Added the City of SEATTLE. 7. Added showing back drop colors of Windows version 8. Fixed when the background color was expanded, a frame image appeared sometimes. 9. Corrected some errata.
Version FUJYO JIHOU 1.4.1: Fixed FUJYOJIHO twelve noon was wrong. Added speak function of zodiac symbol times. Added the city of SENDAI, Japan.
Version FUJYO JIHOU 1.4.0 (June 2006): Eight background colors added. Transparent is MacOSX only. Added FUJYOJIHO Time. Added the Evening character. MacOS version is Universal binary. Windows version has a close button on FUJYOJIHO window.
Version FUJYO JIHOU 1.3.1 : Put JIKANKEI into Dock(MacOSX) or Toolbar (Windows). Added redraw button icon. Transparent window function (only MacOSX).
Version FUJYO JIHOU 1.3.0 : Updated for MacOSX 10.3 Panther. Fixed Daylight saving time of Giza and Sydney. Changed redraw background area..
Version FUJYO JIHOU 1.2.9b : Fixed Daylight saving time of Baghdad.
Version FUJYO JIHOU 1.2.9 : Added Baghdad. Flashing evening time characters were fixed.
Version FUJYO JIHOU 1.2.8 : Shows large zodiac symbols which change their transparencies by Sun directions.
Version FUJYO JIHOU 1.2.7 : Added Linz.
Version FUJYO JIHOU 1.2.5, 1.2.6 & 1.2.6b : Fixed some minor bugs.
Version FUJYO JIHOU 1.2.4 displays ?FUJYO JIHOU (gradually changing time)? that is before Westernized Japanese Clock System.. ?FUJYO JIHOU? divides daytime to six equal periods which an angular unit to 30 degrees is measured along the celestial equator. When it is equinox one of periods is almost two hours. However It is changed by seasons, summer time is longer and winter time is shorter. The each divided points were named to the 6 directions of zodiac symbols in day time and the 6 directions of symbols in evening, such as U (rabbit, sunrise: six gongs), TATSU (dragon, about two hours form sunrise: five gongs), MI (snake, about four hours from sunrise: four gongs), and so on. JIKANKEI 1.2.4 also shows one twelfth of daytime and one twelfth of evening time for the understanding of differences between twenty fourth even divided modern clock system.
Version Chapter SUNDIAL 1.2.3: Controls background darkness and sizes. Added Kanazawa, Japan. Background pattern of SUNDIAL is your desktop,Version Chapter SUNDIAL 1.2.1: Improved handling Internet Connections. Fixed bugs. Added Cities.
Version Chapter SUNDIAL 1.2.0: JIKANKEI “Chapter SUNDIAL” displays angles of the SUN and local times for cities and places on the Earth. Sunrise and sunset data are taken from US Naval Observatory Date Services through Internet.
Version The Begging 1.1.3: Fixed Saving Time Function (European Saving Time was set from the last Sunday of March to the last Sunday of October). Fixed some Typos.
Version The Beginning1.1.2: Appears Flip face and CounterClock Wise Watch by Click. Attached Progress Bar for Timer. Improved Error and Time-out handlings of data downloading.
Version The Beginning 1.1.1: Checking updated time of news sites which are New York Times on The Web, BBC News, CNN.com, and Asahi.com that is one of time date of human activities on Internet. And check for updates of JIKANKEI version were added.

Participated in FREE MANIFESTA, May 2002, Frankfurt am Main Germany. FREE MANIFESTA is produced in conjunction with MANIFESTA 4, The European Biennial of Contemporary Art.

Version The Beginning 1.1.0d: Sunrise and sunset of Frunkfurt am Main.
Version The Beginning 1.1.0c: Added No sun phenomena of Antarctic and Arctic Circle, Internet time-out. Changed a panel color.
Version The Beginning 1.1.0b: Fixed Mac version type problems.
Version The Beginning 1.1.0: This first update of JIKANKEI was the first step into the Internet. Collected sample data of sunrise, sun transit and sundown of New York, Tokyo, Arctic and Antarctic Circles from U.S. Naval Observatory were added for one of Natural Phenomena.

Participated in The First Free Biennial April, 2002, New York

Version The Beginning 1.0.0: Created basic Time functions such as digital, analogue watch, tells "Times have changed, ..." in every an hour, and can adjust plus minus 60 seconds from machine’s system time.
June 17, 2002 Version The Beginning
Free Download: Artware "JIKANKEI" for MacOS X and Windows


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