The Independent Administrative Institution National Institutes for Cultural Heritage comprises seven institutions: the Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara and Kyushu National Museums, the Tokyo and Nara National Research Institutes for Cultural Properties, and the International Research Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region.
We aim to conserve and utilize our valuable cultural properties through various activities, including the collection, conservation and display of tangible cultural properties as well as research related to cultural properties in general.
As the Olympics and Paralympics will be held in 2021, this will attract considerable global attention to exhibitions, research projects and international cooperative activities involving Japanese cultural properties. Our National Institutes for Cultural Heritage have an extremely important role to play in this respect.
We need to conserve and utilize our cultural properties in a harmonious manner to ensure they are passed down safely to the future. By steadfastly pursuing projects at museums and research institutes for cultural properties, we strive to actively communicate the value and charms of our cultural heritage to people within Japanese and overseas while promoting a deeper understanding of Japanese culture.
We look forward to receiving your warm support and cooperation for our endeavors.
Shimatani Hiroyuki, President
Independent Administrative Institution National Institutes for Cultural Heritage