The Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties
(TOBUNKEN) originated from the Japan Art Academy-affiliated Institute
of Art Research, which was established in 1930. Presently, it is an
unparalleled institute that comprehensively conducts investigation and
research into cultural heritage, including intangible cultural properties,
investigation and research into conservation science and restoration
techniques, and international cooperation regarding cultural heritage.
TOBUNKEN cooperates with the Cultural Heritage Disaster Risk
Management Center, which was founded under the National Institutes
for Cultural Heritage Secretariat and takes its important role as a core
center for East Japan. Currently we are diligently developing facilities
necessary to restore damaged cultural properties including a vacuum
freeze dryer. We continue to engage in the research on conservation
methods for cultural properties incorporating preventative and disaster
mitigation perspectives, including intangible cultural heritage.
We are also proceeding with the survey on the current conditions of
intangible cultural heritage largely affected by the on-going COVID-19
pandemic in cooperation with the related parties and disseminate the
collected information to a wider audience.
We aim to operate our organization more efficiently and effectively,
while striving to further develop it as a hub for comprehensive research
and investigation and international cooperation in the protection of
cultural properties. We would greatly appreciate your support and
Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties