Capacity Development and Transfer of Technology

Cooperation in capacity development within the projects of Networking Core Centers for International Cooperation on Conservation of Cultural Heritage

 In order to implement international cooperation for cultural heritage in an effective and continuous manner, it is necessary to train human resources of target countries through exchange and cooperation with the local bodies in charge of the protection of cultural heritage. The Institute has been entrusted by the Agency for Cultural Affairs of the government of Japan to conduct exchange projects with the island countries in Oceania (since fiscal year 2014) and Nepal (since fiscal year 2016). Workshops and training courses are held in order to develop capacity and transfer skills and knowledge by both inviting experts from the counterpart countries to Japan and dispatching Japanese experts to the counterpart countries.

On-site workshop for safeguarding cultural heritage against climate change (Republic of Fiji) Identification and sorting work of components from a collapsed historical building by the 2015 great earthquake (Kathmandu palace, Nepal)

Study on the international application of conservation materials and techniques.

Problems encountered by cultural heritage are caused by various factors that are interrelated in a complex way. Application of a solution proven effective for a problem in one area might be inappropriate for application to a similar problem in another area. Therefore, optimization of existing materials and techniques to a target area as well as research and development of materials and techniques need to be conducted. From this year, research will focus on mural paintings.

Practical training session on the
preparation of materials used for the conservation of mural paintings
(Bagan, Myanmar)
Analysis of pigments at No.1205 temple (Bagan, Myanmar)

Overseas workshops on traditional Japanese restoration techniques

Workshops are held jointly with museums in Germany, on in Cologne and another in Berlin, within the framework of a program to provide cooperation in the restoration of paintings and urushi objects from among Japanese art objects held in museum collections overseas that require the use of highly specialized traditional restoration techniques. They are designed to target conservation experts and to promote deeper understanding and exchange of techniques related to Japanese conservation methods.

Workshops on the Conservation and Restoration of Urushi (Japanese
Lacquer) Ware (Cologne, Germany)
Workshop on Conservation of Japanese Artworks on Paper and Silk (Berlin, Germany)