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Inventory-Making of ICH and System of Living National Treasures in Japan

MIYATA Shigeyuki
Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties
12 December 2008


  1. Inventories of intangible cultural heritage in Japan
  2. Historical background and the enactment of and amendments to the Law for the Protection of Cultural Properties
  3. Three types of inventory and the contents thereof
  4. Designation, selection (sentaku) , and selection (sentei) procedures
  5. The system of living national treasures
    1. a) Gathering information on candidates for recognition as living national treasures
    2. b) Narrowing down the pool of specific designated and recognized candidates in a given year
    3. c) Producing and releasing explanatory documents
    4. d) Issues concerning the system of living national treasures

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Lecture 1
UNESCO's Convention for Safeguarding of the ICH(30 min)

Mr. TANAKA Kentaro, Deputy Director, International Office for International Cooperation on Cultural Properties Agency for Cultural Affairs (Bunkacho)

Lecture 3
Japanese Administrative System for Safeguarding ICH

Mr. KIKUCHI Kensaku, Chief Senior Cultural Properties Specialist Cultural Properties Department, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan (Bunkacho)

Lecture 5
Activities of the National Museum of Ethnology on Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage

Mr. FUKUOKA Shota, Associate Professor Research Center for Cultural Resources, National Museum of Ethnology

Lecture 7
The Gion Festival Yamahoko Events and Activities of the Gion Matsuri Yamahoko Rengo-Kai

Mr. FUKAMI Shigeru, Director General Gion Matsuri Yamahoko Rengo-Kai, Kyoto

Lecture 2
Inventory-Making of ICH and System of Living National Treasures in Japan

Mr. MIYATA Shigeyuki, Director, Department of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties

Lecture 4
Personnel Training for Successors of Traditional Performing Arts conducted by Japan Arts Council

Mr. YOSHIMURA Satoshi, Director, Performer Training Division, National Theatre Research and Training Department

Lecture 6
Influence of Culture for Community Revitalisation in Kyoto

Mr. YAMAUCHI Hajime, Director General, Culture and Art Office, Department of Culture and Environment Kyoto Prefectural Government

Lecture 8
Safeguarding Activities for the Kasuga Wakamiya On-Matsuri Festival

Mr. IWASAKA Nanao, Director, Listed Cultural Property Division, Cultural Property Department, Nara Municipal Board of Education