About This Department
The Department of Cultural Heritage has four section; the Historical Document,
the Architectural History, the Cultural Landscape, and the Site Management
Sections, throughout which it conducts specialized and comprehensive research
with it regard to cultural materials such as historical documents and other
written materials, historical and traditional buildings, gardens and cultural
landscapes, and archaeological and historical site.
The Historical Document Section is engaged in the research of historical documents such as books and other written materials. For historical documents, catalogs and photographic records are being made at Kofukuji, Yakushiji, and other major temples in Nara and around the Kinki region, and it promotes the publication of the works. For other written material, items such as drawings and woodblock carving are also investigated.
The Architectural History Section conducts research on architectural heritages through investigations of various types of extant structures as well as through analyses of archaeological features, and also collects, organizes, and publicizes materials related to architectural cultural properties and applied to conservation and restoration of architectural cultural heritage in the country and the cooperative work for the reconstruction of the Former Imperial Audience Hall compound at the Nara palace site, as well as cooperative research for conservation of architectural heritages overseas.
The Cultural Landscape Section conducts fundamental research on several aspects of cultural landscapes, which is a new category of aspects of cultural property adopted in 2004. It also collects and organizes the results of conservation activities for cultural landscapes, carries out fieldworks for case study, and conducts cooperative research contributing to conservation policy such as making a master plan.
The Site Stabilization Section conducts research on the management system for proper conservation of a variety of archaeological and historical sites. It promotes utilization of information by publication and making database of research materials related to site management activities carried out throughout the country, and also utilizes this regional public institutions engaged in providing cooperation to regional public institutions engaged in site management. It also carries out investigation for the history of Japanese gardens and for conservation and restoration of the historic gardens. For the purposes, it organizes and publicizes the database of archaeologically excavates garden sites.
- ONO Kenkichi
- Head, Historical Document Section
- YOSHIKAWA Satoshi
- Head, Architectural History Section
- HAYASHI Yoshihiko
- Head, Cultural Landscape Section
- SHIMIZU Shigeatsu
- EDANI Hiroko
- Research Fellow
- MATSUMOTO Syoichiro
- Head, Site Stablization Section
- HIRASAWA Tsuyoshi
- Senior Researcher
- AOKI Tatsuji