Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties Center for Conservation Science
Department of Art Research, Archives and Information Systems Japan Center for International Cooperation in Conservation
Department of Intangible Cultural Heritage


Receipt of the 63rd Industrial Technology Award

 On May 17 2013, senior researcher HAYAKAWA Noriko of the Center for Conservation Science and Restoration Techniques and NISHIMOTO Tomoyuki and OKURA Takanori of Hayashibara Co., Ltd. were awarded the 63rd Industrial Technology Award by the Osaka Industrial Research Association for their joint study titled “Adhesives for Restoration of Cultural Properties:Development of Furunori (aged paste)-like Polysaccharides.” The Industrial Technology Award is given by the Osaka Industrial Research Association to recognize the achievements of individuals who have advanced or improved industrial research,inventions (leading to or potentially leading to industrial applications) or technologies currently in use.


Facility Tour, May

An explanation in the Radiography Laboratory(May 21)

 Five Visitors from Okazaki Junior High School affiliated to Aichi University of Education:
 
 On May 21, five visitors from Okazaki Junior High School affiliated to Aichi University of Education visited the Institute in order to view work involved in the conservation and restoration of cultural properties.
 They toured the Library of the Department of Art Research, Archives, and Information Systems, the Performing Arts Studio of the Department of Intangible Cultural Heritage, the Conservation Laboratory and the Radiography Laboratory of the Center for Conservation Science and Restoration Techniques, and the Japan Center for International Cooperation in Conservation.
 The staff members in charge of each section explained the work they do.


April Facility Tour

An explanation in the Biology Laboratory (April 15)

 Eighteen Visitors from the Meiji University Museum Friendship Society “Meiji University Museum Naito family document study group”

 On April 15, eighteen members of the Meiji University Museum Friendship Society “Meiji University Museum Naito family document study group” visited the Institute in order to observe the Institute’s facilities.
 They toured the Library of the Department of Art Research, Archives, and Information Systems and the Conservation Laboratory and the Biology Laboratory of the Center for Conservation Science and Restoration Techniques.
 The staff members in charge of each section explained the work they do.


Appreciation ceremony held by the Commissioner for Cultural Affairs to honor individuals and organizations for their efforts to rescue and restore cultural properties damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake

Director-General Kamei, receiving a certificate of appreciation from Commissioner for Cultural Affairs
Ceremonial Photograph with those honored (Director-General Kamei, back row left)

 On March 25, 2013, an appreciation ceremony was held at the Institute’s Seminar Hall. The ceremony honored individuals and organizations that cooperated with or were involved in efforts to rescue and restore cultural properties damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake. KONDO Seiichi, Commissioner for Cultural Affairs, presented a certificate of appreciation to the Institute for its two years of service as Secretariat of the Committee for Salvaging Cultural Properties Affected by the 2011 Earthquake off the Pacific Coast of Tohoku and Related Disasters since April 2011.

/ ABIKO Takash)

March Facility Tour

An explanation in the Performing Arts Recording Studio (March 8)

 Four Visitors, including HANZAWA Shigenobu, former Chief Senior Specialist for Cultural Properties of the Agency for Cultural Affairs On March 8, four visitors, including HANZAWA Shigenobu, former Chief Senior Specialist for Cultural Properties of the Agency for Cultural Affairs, visited the Institute in order to observe Institute’s facilities. They toured the Library of the Department of Art Research, Archives, and Information Systems, the Performing Arts Recording Studio of the Department of Intangible Cultural Heritage, the Conservation Laboratory of the Center for Conservation Science and Restoration Techniques, and the Japan Center for International Cooperation in Conservation. The staff members in charge of each section explained the work they do.

/ ABIKO Takash)

Facility Tour,November

An explanation at the Chemistry Laboratory (November 1)

Twenty-nine participants in training session for restorers of cultural properties hosted by the Agency for Cultural Affairs

 On November 1, twenty-nine participants in training session for restorers of cultural properties hosted by the Agency for Cultural Affairs visited the Institute in order to view work involved in the conservation and restoration of cultural properties.
 They toured the Library of the Department of Art Research, Archives and Information Systems, the Performing Arts Recording Studio of the Department of Intangible Cultural Heritage, and the Conservation Laboratory, the Chemistry Laboratory and the Scanning Electron Microscope Laboratory of the Center for Conservation Science and Restoration Techniques.
 The staff members in charge of each section explained the work they do.


Facility Tour,October

An explanation at the Biology Laboratory (October 5)

Thirteen Visitors from the Agency for Cultural Affairs’s “Project to Encourage Active Use of Museums”

 On October 5, thirteen visitors from the Agency for Cultural Affairs’s “Project to Encourage Active Use of Museums” visited the Institute in order to view work involved in the conservation and restoration of cultural properties.
 They toured the Physics Laboratory, the Chemistry Laboratory, and the Biology Laboratory in the Center for Conservation Science and Restoration Techniques.
 The staff members in charge of each section explained the work they do.


Facility Tour,August (1)

An explanation at the Fumigation Laboratory
(August 6)

Eight Visitors from the Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies

 On August 6, eight visitors from the Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies at the Seoul National University visited the Institute in order to view work involved in the conservation and restoration of cultural properties.
 They toured the Reading Room in the Department of Art Research, Archives and Information Systems, and the Biology Laboratory and the Restoration Laboratory in the Center for Conservation Science and Restoration Techniques.
 The staff members in charge of each section explained the work they do.


Facility Tour,August (2)

An explanation at the Photo Studio
(August 31)

Thirteen Visitors from ICCROM’s “International Course on Conservation of Japanese Paper”

 On August 31, thirteen visitors from ICCROM’s “International Course on Conservation of Japanese Paper” visited the Institute as part of their training session.
 They toured the Photo Studio in the Department of Art Research, Archives and Information Systems, the Performing Arts Recording Studio in the Department of Intangible Cultural Heritage, and the Restoration Studio, the Conservation Laboratory, the Chemistry Laboratory and the Biology Laboratory in the Center for Conservation Science and Restoration Techniques.
 The staff members in charge of each section explained the work they do.


Facility Tour,July (1)

An explanation of the Performing Arts Recording Studio (July 2)

Nineteen visitors from the Musashino Elderly Citizens’ Association for Life-long Education “Happy 76 Club”

 On July 2, nineteen visitors from the Musashino Elderly Citizens’ Association for Life-long Education Happy 76 Club visited the Institute in order to view the work involved in the conservation and restoration of cultural properties.
 They toured the Performing Arts Recording Studio in the Department of Intangible Cultural Heritage, as well as the Restoration Studio and the Chemistry Laboratory in the Center for Conservation Science and Restoration Techniques.
 The staff members in charge of each section explained the work they do.


Facility Tour,July (2)

An explanation at the Reading Room (July 5)

Seven Visitors from Bunka Gakuen University, Faculty of Fashion Science

 On July 5, seven visitors from Bunka Gakuen University, Faculty of Fashion Science visited the Institute in order to view work involved in the conservation and restoration of cultural properties.
 They toured the Reading Room in the Department of Art Research, Archives and Information Systems, the Performing Arts Recording Studio in the Department of Intangible Cultural Heritage, and the Chemistry Laboratory in the Center for Conservation Science and Restoration Techniques.
 The staff members in charge of each section explained the work they do.


Facility Tour,July (3)

An explanation at the Biology Laboratory (July 19)

Thirty-six New Staff Members from the National Institutes for Cultural Heritage

 On July 19–20, thirty-six New Staff Members from the National Institutes for Cultural Heritage visited the Institute as part of their training.
 They toured the Reading Room of the Department of Art Research, Archives and Information Systems, the Performing Arts Recording Studio of the Department of Intangible Cultural Heritage, and the Chemistry Laboratory and the Biology Laboratory of the Center for Conservation Science and Restoration Techniques.
 The staff members in charge of each section explained the work they do.


Facility Tour,July (4)

An explanation at the Chemistry Laboratory (July 24)

Four Visitors from the Special Research Office of the House of Councilors:

 On July 24, four visitors from the Special Research Office of the House of Councilors visited the Institute in order to observe Institute’s facilities.
 They toured the Reading Room in the Department of Art Research, Archives and Information Systems, the Performing Arts Recording Studio in the Department of Intangible Cultural Heritage, and the Chemistry Laboratory in the Center for Conservation Science and Restoration Techniques.
 The staff members in charge of each section explained the work they do.


Facility Tour,July (5)

An explanation at the Radiography Laboratory (July 31)

Thirty-five Visitors from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s “Support Project for Study Programs on Radiation and its related Topics for High School Students”

 On July 31, thirty-five visitors from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s “Support Project for Study Programs on Radioactivity and its related Topics for High School Students” visited the Institute in order to study methods of scientific analysis on cultural properties and how X-rays are used in their research.
 They toured the Radiography Laboratory, the Chemistry Laboratory and the Scanning Electron Microscope Laboratory in the Center for Conservation Science and Restoration Techniques.
 The staff members in charge of each section explained the work they do.


Acceptance of donations

Certificate of appreciation presented to the Tokyo Art Dealers’ Association

 Offers for donations to the Institute were received from the Tokyo Art Dealers’ Association and the Tokyo Bijutsu Club. The Tokyo Art Dealers’ Association aims to fund publication of the Institute’s research results and the Tokyo Bijutsu Club intends to fund the Institute’s research projects. We received the donations with great appreciation.
 On June 11th, Shingo Rokukawa, Director of the Department of Research Support and Promotion, visited the Tokyo Art Dealers’ Association and met Katsumi Kiyoshi, the general manager of the Tokyo Art Dealers’ Association to present certificates of appreciation to Keiichi Shimojo, the director of the Tokyo Art Dealers’ Association, and Masakatsu Asaki, the president of the Tokyo Bijutsu Club.
 We are glad that both organizations are aware of our activities and are most grateful for their donations. We look forward to using these donations to fund our activities.


Facility Tour,June

At the Performing Arts Studio

Sixteen Visitors from Kawamura Gakuen Woman’s University, Faculty of Education, Department of Social Education:

 On June 28th, sixteen visitors from Kawamura Gakuen Woman’s University, Faculty of Education, Department of Social Education visited the Institute in order to view work to conserve and restore cultural heritage as part of their coursework in Museology.They toured the Library of the Department of Art Research, Archives, and Information Systems and the Chemistry Laboratory and Conservation Laboratory of the Center for Conservation Science and Restoration Techniques.The staff members in charge of each section explained the work they do.


Facility Tour,April

In the Performing Arts Studio

Four Visitors from the Office for Incorporated Administrative Agency Support, Commissioner’s Secretariat of the Agency for Cultural Affairs:

 On April 23, four visitors from the Office for Incorporated Administrative Agency Support of the Agency for Cultural Affairs visited the Institute in order to observe the Institute’s facilities.They toured the Library of the Department of Art Research, Archives, and Information Systems, the Performing Arts Studio of the Department of Intangible Cultural Heritage, the Conservation Laboratory and the Chemistry Laboratory of the Center for Conservation Science and Restoration Techniques, and the Archives of the Japan Center for International Cooperation in Conservation.The staff members in charge of each section explained the work they do.


Facility Tour,January

In the Executive’s Meeting Room

 Nine Visitors from the Arab Republic of Egypt, Including His Excellency Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim Ali Said, State Minister for Antiquities, and His Excellency Mr. Hisham El-Zimaity, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Japan:
 On January 20, nine visitors, including Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim Ali Said, Egypt’s State Minister for Antiquities and Mr. Hisham El-Zimaity, Egypt’s Ambassador to Japan, visited the Institute in order to pay a courtesy call on the director of the Institute and to view the Institute’s laboratories. They toured the Conservation Laboratories and the SEM Laboratory of the Center for Conservation Science and Restoration Techniques, and the Restoration Studio of the Japan Center for International Cooperation in Conservation. The staff members in charge of each section explained the work they do.


Facility Visit, November(1)

In the Restoration Laboratory

 14 participants of the Kyushu National Museum’s “Project to Encourage Active Use of Museums”:
 On November 10, fourteen participants in the Kyushu National Museum’s “Project to Encourage Active Use of Museums” visited the Institute to view research activities related to conservation of cultural properties in order to facilitate the implementation of integrated pest management (IPM) at their individual facilities. The participants toured the Restoration Laboratory, Fumigation Laboratory, and Biology Laboratory of the Center for Conservation Science and Restoration Techniques and the Restoration Studio of the Japan Center for International Cooperation in Conservation. The staff members in charge of each section explained the work they do.


Facility Visit, November(2)

In the Image Laboratory

 Four visitors from the National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage, South Korea:
 On November 15, four visitors from the National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage, South Korea visited the Institute as part of a conservation project. The visitors toured the Image Laboratory of the Department of Art Research, Archives, and Information Systems and the Restoration Laboratory and Chemistry Laboratory of the Center for Conservation Science and Restoration Techniques. The staff members in charge of each section explained the work they do.


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