The Department of Intangible Cultural Heritage conducts basic research useful for the conservation and transmission of intangible cultural heritage of Japan, such as intangible cultural properties, intangible folk cultural properties and conservation techniques for cultural properties. Audio-visual documentation, which is a significant method for the conservation of intangible cultural heritage, is conducted and new methods for documentation are also investigated.
◆Intangible Cultural Properties Section
conducts Ivestigation and research on classic performing arts, traditional craft techniques, and conservation techniques for cultural properties, by studying their actual conditions and historical changes.
◆Intangible Folk Cultural properties Section
conducts investigation and research on intangible folk cultural properties, such as manners and customs, folk performing arts and folk techniques, on the basis of fieldwork. Actual issues are discussed with the persons concerned.
◆Audio-Visual Documentation Section
conducts research on methods of documentation and archiving. It also documents intangible cultural properties and conservation techniques for cultural properties in order to understand their present conditions and to transmit them to future generations.