| Research of cultural properties as well as the accumulation of related texts and visual data are essential elements for preserving, conveying and utilizing cultural properties today. The Department of Art Research, Archives and Information Systems focuses primarily on art historically-based research of cultural properties; it produces and disseminates materials based on the results of those studies. It also works to foster research exchange both within Japan and abroad.
The results of research are published in various reports and journals, such as The Bijutsu Kenkyu (The Journal of Art Studies) and the Yearbook of Japanese Art. Resulting data are also made available through public lectures and displays in the Kuroda Memorial Hall. The aim of the Department is to make the cultural properties information archives, created from the materials collected and organized through its research, available to the public via the Institute’s Library and website.
In addition, the Department manages all the information systems of the Institute and creates the website.
■ Cultural Properties Information Section
■ Archives Section
■ Japanese and East Asian Art History Section
■ Modern/Contemporary Art Section
■ Trans-Disciplinary Research Section
| The Department of Intangible Cultural Heritage conducts basic research useful for the preservation 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 safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage, is conducted and new methods for documentation are also investigated.
■ Intangible Cultural Properties Section
■ Intangible Folk Cultural Properties Section
■ Audio-Visual Documentation Section
|| The Center for Conservation Science conducts research on the conservation and restoration of cultural properties. The Center aims to extend new knowledge of conservation science through scientific researches, such as those of environments surrounding cultural properties and of the structures and materials of cultural properties. It also aims to develop and evaluate necessary restoration materials and techniques using research findings based on chemical characteristics, manufacturing techniques and environmental history of each cultural property. To this end, the Center collaborates closely with experts actually engaged in the conservation and restoration of cultural properties and their owners.
■ Preventive Conservation Section
■ Analytical Science Section
■ Biological Science Section
■ Restoration Planning Section
■ Restoration Materials Section
■ Modern Cultural Heritage Section
|| Cultural heritage has been protected by particular groups of people as a source of their identity that they have inherited from their ancestors. It is also an irreplaceable testimony to the history of mankind that should be referred to in building man’s future. On the other hand, it is also a fact that much cultural heritage is facing the risk of degradation, destruction and disappearance without being given sufficient protection for different reasons. Cooperation in the protection of cultural heritage is becoming increasingly important as a means of facilitating cultural exchange and mutual understanding among various countries.
The Japan Center for International Cooperation in Conservation, being the national center for promoting international cooperation in terms of the conservation and restoration as well as research of cultural heritage, continues to actively conduct cooperation projects in various parts of the world. The Center’s activities range over diverse areas related to the protection of cultural heritage, such as the collection, study and dissemination of international information, the implementation of cooperation projects and capacity development in conservation.
The Center consists of three sections, namely Resource and Systems Research Section, Conservation Design Section and Conservation Practice Section. It also coordinates activities with the International Cooperation Section of the Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, connecting the two research institutes for cultural properties based in Tokyo and Nara, for an effective implementation of the Institutes’ internationally-related activities.
■ Resource and Systems Research Section
■ Conservation Design Section
■ Conservation Practice Section