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Cultural Property (Japan)

A Cultural Property 文化財, bunkazai is administered by the Japanese government's Agency for Cultural Affairs, and includes tangible properties structures and works of art or craft; intangible properties performing arts and craft techniques; folk properties both tangible and intangible; monuments historic, scenic and natural; cultural landscapes; and groups of traditional buildings Buried properties and conservation techniques are also protected1 Together these cultural properties are to be preserved and utilized as the heritage of the Japanese people2note 1

To protect Japan's cultural heritage, the Law for the Protection of Cultural Properties contains a "designation system" 指定制度 under which selected important items are designated as Cultural Properties,note 2 which imposes restrictions on the alteration, repair, and export of such designated objects Designation can occur at a national 国指定文化財, prefectural 都道府県指定文化財 or municipal 市町村指定文化財 level As of 1 February 2012, there were approximately 16,000 nationally designated, 21,000 prefecturally designated, and 86,000 municipally designated properties one property may include more than one item34 Besides the designation system there also exists a "registration system" 登録制度, which guarantees a lower level of protection and support2


  • 1 Categories of designated Cultural Properties
    • 11 Tangible Cultural Properties
    • 12 Intangible Cultural Properties
    • 13 Folk Cultural Properties
    • 14 Monuments
    • 15 Cultural Landscapes
    • 16 Groups of Traditional Buildings
  • 2 Buried Cultural Properties
  • 3 Conservation Techniques for Cultural Properties
  • 4 Categories of registered Cultural Properties
    • 41 Registered Tangible Cultural Properties
    • 42 Registered Tangible Folk Cultural Properties
    • 43 Registered Monuments
  • 5 History of the preservation of cultural properties
    • 51 Background
    • 52 1871 Plan for the Preservation of Ancient Artifacts
    • 53 1897 Ancient Temples and Shrines Preservation Law
    • 54 1919 Historical Sites, Places of Scenic Beauty, and Natural Monuments Preservation Law
    • 55 1929 National Treasures Preservation Law
    • 56 1933 Law Regarding the Preservation of Important Works of Fine Arts
    • 57 Present 1950 Law for the Protection of Cultural Properties
    • 58 1954 amendment
    • 59 1966 Law for the Preservation of Ancient Capitals
    • 510 1975 amendments: Preservation District for a Group of Historic Buildings and Techniques for the conservation of cultural properties
    • 511 1996 amendment: Registered Cultural Properties
    • 512 1999 and 2004 amendments
  • 6 Notes
  • 7 References
    • 71 Bibliography
  • 8 External links

Categories of designated Cultural Propertiesedit

The Law for the Protection of Cultural Properties 1950 classifies items designated as Cultural Properties in the following categories:

Tangible Cultural Propertiesedit

Main article: Tangible Cultural Properties of Japan For lists of National Treasures of Japan, see Lists of National Treasures of Japan Himeji Castle's keep, designated a National Treasure in 1951
UNESCO World Heritage Site

Tangible Cultural Properties 有形文化財, yūkei bunkazai are cultural products of high historical or artistic value whether structures shrines, temples, other buildings, works of art paintings, sculpture, craft works, calligraphic works, ancient documents, archaeological materials, historic materials and other such items All objects which are not structures are termed "works of fine arts and crafts"1

Items designated Tangible Cultural Properties can then, if they satisfy certain criteria, be designated Important Cultural Properties of Japan 重要文化財, jūyō bunkazainote 3 or National Treasures 国宝, kokuhō for especially valuable items

Any alteration to Important Cultural Properties and National Treasures requires governmental permission and exportation is forbidden, except when authorized The National Treasury supports the conservation and restoration of these items, and the Commissioner for Cultural Affairs provides technical assistance for their administration, restoration, public display and other activities Conservation work is performed by an item's owner, with financial support available for large expenses Because many items are made of wood, bark and other flammable materials, they are often extremely susceptible to fires Owners are therefore given subsidies to install fire and other disaster prevention systems2

Uda Mikumari Shrine in Uda, Nara

As of 1 February 2012, there were 12,816 Important Cultural Properties including 1,082 National Treasures, of which approximately one fifth were structures By class, there were 1,974 198 paintings;note 4 2,654 126 sculptures; 2,428 252 crafts; 1,882 223 calligraphic works; 739 60 ancient documents; 586 44 archaeological materials; 167 3 historical materials; and 2,386 216 structural designations, including 4,469 264 individual structures3 There were a further 12,251 designations at prefectural and 49,793 at municipal level4

Intangible Cultural Propertiesedit

Main article: Intangible Cultural Properties of Japan For lists of holders of Important Intangible Cultural Properties, see List of Living National Treasures of Japan crafts and List of Living National Treasures of Japan performing arts Noh performance at Itsukushima Shrine

Intangible Cultural Properties 無形文化財, mukei bunkazai are cultural products of high historical or artistic value such as drama, music, and craft techniques

Items of particular importance can be designated as Important Intangible Cultural Properties 重要無形文化財, jūyō mukei bunkazai1 Recognition is also given to the 'holders' of the necessary techniques, to encourage their transmission2 There are three types of recognition: individual recognition, collective recognition, and group recognition Special grants of two million yen a year are given to individual holders the so-called National Living Treasures2 to help protect these properties The government also contributes part of the expenses incurred either by the holder of the Intangible Cultural Property during training of his successor, or by a recognized group for public performances2

To promote understanding, and therefore the transmission across generations, of these Cultural Properties, exhibitions concerning them are organized The government through the Japan Arts Council also holds training workshops and other activities to educate future generations of noh, bunraku, and kabuki personnel2

As of 1 February 2012, there were 115 Important Intangible Cultural Properties and a further 167 designations at prefectural and 522 at municipal level34

Folk Cultural Propertiesedit

Kyūshū's Karatsu Kunchi festival was designated an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property in 1980 For a list of Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties, see List of Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties For a list of Important Tangible Folk Cultural Properties, see List of Important Tangible Folk Cultural Properties

Folk Cultural Properties are items indispensable to understand the role and influence of tradition in the daily life of the Japanese, such as manners and customs related to food, clothing, work, religion; folk performing arts; and folk techniques used to produce the mentioned Folk Cultural Properties1

Folk Cultural Properties can be classified as Intangible or Tangible

Intangible Folk Cultural Properties 無形民俗文化財, mukei minzoku bunkazai are items such as manners and customs related to food, clothing and housing, occupation, religion, and annual events; folk performing arts; and folk techniques used in connection with the mentioned items1

Clothes, tools and implements, houses and other objects used together with Intangible Folk Cultural Properties are classified as Tangible Folk Cultural Properties 有形民俗文化財, yūkei minzoku bunkazai1

Folk Cultural Properties can then, if they satisfy certain criteria, be designated Important Tangible Folk Cultural Properties 重要有形民俗文化財, jūyō yūkei minzoku bunkazai or Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties 重要無形民俗文化財, jūyō mukei minzoku bunkazai

The government subsidizes projects for the restoration, administration, preservation, utilization, disaster prevention, etc of Important Tangible Folk Cultural Properties2 In the case of Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties, public subsidies help local governments and other entities fund projects to train successors, restore or acquire props, tools and other objects2

As of 1 February 2012, there were 211 Important Tangible and 272 Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties and a further 733/1595 designations at prefectural and 4,698/6,062 at municipal level34


Main article: Monuments of Japan For a list of all "Special Places of Scenic Beauty", "Special Historic Sites" and "Special Natural Monuments", see List of Special Places of Scenic Beauty, Special Historic Sites and Special Natural Monuments The garden of Tenryū-ji in Kyoto is a designated Special Place of Scenic Beauty

Monuments 記念物, kinenbutsu include historic locations such as shell mounds, ancient tombs, sites of palaces, sites of forts or castles, monumental dwelling houses and other sites of high historical or scientific value; gardens, bridges, gorges, mountains, and other places of great scenic beauty; and natural features such as animals, plants, and geological or mineral formations of high scientific value12

The government designates "significant" items classifying them in three categories: Historic Sites 史跡, shiseki, Places of Scenic Beauty 名勝, meishō, and Natural Monuments 天然記念物, tennen kinenbutsu Items of particularly high significance receive higher classifications: Special Historic Sites 特別史跡, tokubetsu shiseki, Special Places of Scenic Beauty 特別名勝, tokubetsu meishō, and Special Natural Monuments 特別天然記念物, tokubetsu tennen kinenbutsu respectively

Alterations to the existing state of a site or activities affecting its preservation require permission from the Commissioner for Cultural Affairs Financial support for purchasing and conserving designated land and for the utilization of the site is available through local governments2

As of 1 February 2012, there were 1,667 60 Historic Sites; 331 30 Places of Scenic Beauty; and 953 72 Natural Monuments including Special Natural Monuments There were a further 6,195 designations at prefectural and 24,598 at municipal level A single designation can be classed under more than one of these categories; the number is for primary classification for instance Hamarikyū Gardens in Tokyo are classed as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty, with a secondary classification as a Special Historic Site; for the purpose of these counts it would be a Special Place of Scenic Beauty345

Cultural Landscapesedit

Main article: Cultural Landscapes of Japan The city of Uji near Kyoto is an Important Cultural Landscape

Cultural Landscapes 文化的景観, bunkateki keikan are landscapes which have evolved together with the people who inhabit them and with the geocultural features of a region, and which are indispensable to understand the lifestyle of the Japanese1 They can be terraced rice fields, mountain villages, waterways and the like Items of particular importance can be designated as Important Cultural Landscapes1

As of 1 February 2012, 30 areas in Japan have been designated Important Cultural Landscapes, with a further 7 designations at prefectural and 101 at municipal level34

Groups of Traditional Buildingsedit

Main article: Groups of Traditional Buildings

Groups of Traditional Buildings 伝統的建造物群, Dentōteki kenzōbutsu-gun is a category introduced by a 1975 amendment of the law which mandates the protection of groups of traditional buildings which, together with their environment, form a beautiful scenery They can be post towns, castle towns, mining towns, merchant quarters, ports, farming or fishing villages, etc2

Municipalities can designate items of particular importance as Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings and approve measures to protect them Items of even higher importance are then designated Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings by the central government2 The government's Agency for Cultural Affairs then provides guidance, advice, and funds for repairs and other work Additional support is given in the form of preferential tax treatment

As of 1 February 2012, 93 Groups of Traditional Buildings have been nationally designated, with a further 1 designation at prefectural and 89 at municipal level34

Buried Cultural Propertiesedit

Buried Cultural Properties 埋蔵文化財, maizō bunkazai are Cultural Properties, such as tombs, caves, and ruins, which are buried into the ground2

About 460,000 ruin locations are presently known to exist in Japan The protective measures taken include restrictions on their excavation Any investigative excavation and construction work in the vicinity of a known site requires a notification If preservation of the site is impossible, developers are required to cover expenses necessary to carry out an excavation, record any data and preserve what is possible2 In cases when charging these expenses is not possible, local public organizations carry out the investigation with public funds2

Any object found under the ground must be given to police, except when its owner is known The object is then investigated to determine if it qualifies as a Cultural Property Any Cultural Property whose owner is not known becomes as a rule property of the prefecture

Conservation Techniques for Cultural Propertiesedit

Ukiyo-e woodblock printing is a protected technique Main article: Conservation Techniques for Cultural Properties

Techniques for the production of materials necessary for restoration and conservation, and the techniques of restoration and conservation themselves are not Cultural Properties, and are classified as Conservation Techniques for Cultural Properties

This form of protection was approved in 1975 see below and was made necessary by the disappearance of skilled craftsmen as a result of the industrialization6 The techniques protected by the law applied to Tangible and Intangible Cultural Properties and included the mounting of paintings and calligraphy on scrolls, the repair of lacquerware and wooden sculptures, and the production of Noh masks, costumes and instruments16 The minister of education can designate techniques indispensable for conservation as Selected Conservation Techniques Examples of nominated entities in the field of architecture are the Japanese Association for Conservation of Architectural Monuments for repairs and woodwork, the National Association for the Preservation of Roofing Techniques for Shrines and Temples techniques for organic roofing materials: cypress bark, shingles, thatch and the Association for the Conservation of Cultural Properties paintings and lacquering of architectural monuments6 In addition to the prestige associated with the nomination, the government provides subsidies for training, courses and documentation7

Categories of registered Cultural Propertiesedit

Besides the above "designation system" 指定制度, there exists a "registration system" 登録制度, which guarantees a more modest level of protection The existing categories are:

Registered Tangible Cultural Propertiesedit

Compared to designated Important Cultural Properties and National Treasures, Registered Tangible Cultural Properties 登録有形文化財 entail fewer responsibilities for the owner Loss, damage, change of ownership and intended changes that affect more than 25 percent of the visible surface need to be announced8 On the other side, the owner is eligible for low interest loans for maintenance and repairs, subsidies for an architect and tax reductions of up to 50 percent8 This new protection level is based on notification, guidance, and advice, and aims at voluntary protection of cultural properties by their owners2 As of 1 February 2012, there were 8,699 registered structures and 13 registered works of art or craft3

Registered Tangible Folk Cultural Propertiesedit

Items particularly in need of preservation and utilization can become Registered Tangible Folk Cultural Properties 登録有形民俗文化財 There is no equivalent system for Intangible Folk Cultural Properties2 As of 1 February 2012, there were 21 registered properties3

Registered Monumentsedit

Monuments from the Meiji period onward which require preservation can be registered as Registered Monuments 登録記念物, thereby gaining a moderate level of protection based on notification and guidance As of 1 February 2012, 61 monuments were registered under this system23

History of the preservation of cultural propertiesedit


Most cultural properties in Japan used to belong to Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, or were handed down in aristocratic and samurai families9 Feudal Japan came to an abrupt end in 1867/68 when the Tokugawa shogunate was replaced by a new system of government with the so-called Meiji Restoration10 Largely because of the official policy of separation of Shinto and Buddhism and of the anti-Buddhist movements that advocated the return to Shinto, a large number of Buddhist buildings and artwork were destroyed in an event known as haibutsu kishaku literally "abolish Buddhism and destroy Shākyamuni"101112 In 1871 the government confiscated the lands of temples, which were seen as a symbol of the previous ruling elite, and expropriated the properties of the feudal lords, causing the loss of historic castles and residences101012 It is estimated that nearly 18,000 temples closed during this time12 Another factor that had a big influence on the cultural heritage was the increased industrialization and westernization, which accompanied the restoration and led to the impoverishment of Buddhist and Shinto institutions, the decay of temples and the export of valuable objects131415

1871 Plan for the Preservation of Ancient Artifactsedit

Okakura Kakuzō

On recommendation of universities, in 1871 the Department of State Dajō-kan issued a decree for the protection of antiquities, the Plan for the Preservation of Ancient Artifacts 古器旧物保存方, koki kyūbutsu hozonkata, ordering prefectures, temples and shrines to compile lists of suitable important buildings and art treasures1015 However, in the face of radical westernization, these efforts ground to a halt15 Starting in 1880, the government allotted funds for the preservation of ancient shrines and templesnote 5101310 By 1894, 539 shrines and temples had received subsidies for repairs and reconstruction101416 Buildings that were repaired during this period include the five-storied pagoda of Daigo-ji, the kon-dō of Tōshōdai-ji and the hon-dō of Kiyomizu-dera15 In a survey carried out under guidance of Okakura Kakuzō and Ernest Fenollosa from 1888 to 1897 all over Japan, about 210,000 objects of artistic or historic merit were evaluated and catalogued1014 The end of the 19th century saw a drastic change in political climate and cultural values: from an enthusiastic adoption of western values to a returned interest in the Japanese cultural heritage Japanese architectural history appeared on curricula and the first books on architectural history were published, stimulated by the newly compiled inventories10

1897 Ancient Temples and Shrines Preservation Lawedit

On June 5, 1897, the government enacted the Ancient Temples and Shrines Preservation Law 古社寺保存法, koshaji hozonhō law number 49, which was the first systematic law for the preservation of Japanese historic art and architecture1015 This law was formulated under the guidance of the architectural historian and architect Itō Chūta and established in 20 articles a system of governmental financial support for the preservation of buildings and the restoration of artworks15 It applied to works of architecture and related art of historic uniqueness and exceptional quality art 215 Applications for financial support were to be made to the Ministry of Internal Affairs art 1, and the responsibility for restoration or preservation lay in the hand of local officials art 3 Restoration works were financed directly from the national coffers art 8

The Hiunkaku at Nishi Hongan-ji in Kyoto

This first law was followed by a second law on December 15, 1897 giving supplementary provisions for designating works of art in the possession of temples or shrines as "National Treasure" 国宝, kokuhō; religious architecture could be designated as "Specially Protected Buildings" 特別保護建造物, tokubetsu hogo kenzōbutsu1017 The main criteria for designation were "artistic superiority" and "value as historical evidence and wealth of historical associations", but also age was considered in the designation18 Designated artworks could be from any of the following categories: painting, sculpture, calligraphy, books and handicrafts; subsequently swords were added However the law was limited to items held by religious institutions, leaving privately owned articles unprotected7 Funds for the restoration of certain works of art and structures were raised from 20,000 yen to 150,000 yen and fines were set for the destruction of Cultural Properties Owners had to register designated objects with newly created museums, which were granted first option in case of sale10 Initially, 44 temple and shrine buildings and 155 relics were thus designated, including the kon-dō at Hōryū-ji710

The laws of 1897 are the foundation for today's preservation law17 At the time of their enactment only England, France, Greece and four other European nations had similar legislation in place11 The restoration of Tōdai-ji's Daibutsuden from 1906 to 1913 was carried out under these laws17 In 1914 the administration of cultural properties was transferred from the Ministry of Internal Affairs to the Ministry of Education today's MEXT19

1919 Historical Sites, Places of Scenic Beauty, and Natural Monuments Preservation Lawedit

At the beginning of the 20th century, modernization transformed the landscape and posed a threat to historic and natural monuments Societies of prominent men like the "Imperial Ancient Sites Survey Society" or the "Society for the Investigation and Preservation of Historic Sites and Aged Trees" lobbied and achieved a resolution in the House of Peers for conservation measures Eventually, this led to the 1919 Historical Sites, Places of Scenic Beauty, and Natural Monuments Preservation Law 史蹟名勝天然紀念物保存法, shiseki meishō tennenkinenbutsu hozonhō, giving the same protection and cataloging to these properties as temples, shrines and pieces of art had received in 189714

1929 National Treasures Preservation Lawedit

By 1929 about 1100 properties had been designated under the "Ancient Shrines and Temples Preservation Law" of 189718 Most of these were religious buildings erected from the 7th to the early 17th century About 500 buildings had been extensively restored with 90% of costs paid from the national budget Restorations during the Meiji period often employed new materials and techniques10

This bronze mirror is a Kofun period National Treasure9

In 1929, the National Treasures Preservation Law 国宝保存法, kokuhō hozonhō was passed and came into force on July 1 of the same year This law replaced the laws from 1897, extending protection to all public and private institutions and private individuals in order to prevent the export or removal of cultural properties716 The focus was extended from religious buildings to castles, teahouses, residences and more recent religious buildings Many of these structures had been transferred from feudal to private owners following the Meiji restoration Some of the first residential buildings designated would be the Yoshimura residence in Osaka 1937 and the Ogawa residence in Kyoto 194410 In addition, the designation National Treasure was applied not only to objects of art but to historical buildings as well101820 The new law also required permissions for intended alterations of designated properties10

Starting with the restoration of Tōdai-ji's Nandaimon gate in 1930, the standards for preservation works were raised An architect supervised the reconstruction works on-site and extensive restoration reports, including plans, results of surveys, historical sources and documentation of the work done, became the norm10 During the 1930s about 70–75 percent of restoration costs came from the national budget, which increased even during the war10

1933 Law Regarding the Preservation of Important Works of Fine Artsedit

In the early 1930s Japan suffered from the Great Depression In order to prevent art objects that had not been designated from being exported due to the economic crisis, the Law Regarding the Preservation of Important Works of Fine Arts 重要美術品等ノ保存ニ関スル法律, jūyō bijutsuhin tōno hozon ni kan suru hōritsu was passed on April 1, 1933 It provided for a simpler designation procedure and a temporary protection including export Under this law, about 8000 objects were protected, including temples, shrines and residential buildings10 By 1939, 8282 items in nine categories painting, sculpture, architecture, documents, books, calligraphy, swords, crafts and archaeological resources had been designated National Treasures and were forbidden to be exported7

During World War II many of the designated buildings were camouflaged, and water tanks and fire walls installed for their protection 206 designated buildings, including Hiroshima Castle, were destroyed from May to August 194510 The 9th century Buddhist text Tōdaiji Fujumonkō, designated as National Treasure in 1938, was destroyed in 1945 by fire as a result of the war21

Present 1950 Law for the Protection of Cultural Propertiesedit

Letter from Duarte de Menezez, viceroy of Portuguese India, to daimyo Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a National Treasure2223

On January 26, 1949, the kon-dō of Hōryū-ji, one of the oldest extant wooden buildings in the world and the first to be protected under the "Ancient Temples and Shrines Preservation Law", caught fire, resulting in the serious damage of valuable 7th century wall paintings This incident accelerated the reorganisation of cultural property protection and gave rise to the Law for the Protection of Cultural Properties 文化財保護法, bunkazai hogohō which was drafted on May 30, 1950 and came into force on August 29 of the same year191920 The new law combined the laws of 1919, 1929 and 1933, expanding their scope to cover also Intangible Cultural Properties, such as performing and applied arts, Folk Cultural Properties and Buried Cultural Properties120 Before the enactment of the law, only Intangible Cultural Properties of especially high value at risk of extinction had been protected91820 Even by international standards, the 1950 law covered a broad spectrum of properties20 The law was the basis for the establishment of the Committee for the Protection of Cultural Properties, a precursor of today's Agency for Cultural Affairs24 It allowed the selection of the most important Cultural Properties, set restrictions on the alteration, repair and export of Cultural Properties and provided measures for the preservation and utilization of such properties2

The regulations implementing the law specified three broad categories of properties: Tangible/Intangible Cultural Properties and Historic Sites, Places of Scenic Beauty, Natural Monuments"2024 Tangible Cultural Properties were in this context defined as objects of "high artistic or historic value" or archaeological materials or other historic material of "high scholarly value"20 Designated buildings were required to be outstanding in design or building technique, have a high historic or scholarly value or be typical of a movement or area20

A two tier system for Tangible Cultural Properties was established with the gradings: Important Cultural Property and National Treasure120 The Minister of Education can designate Important Cultural Properties as National Treasures if they are of "particularly high value from the standpoint of world culture or outstanding treasures for the Japanese people"20 All previously designated National Treasures were initially demoted to Important Cultural Properties Some of them have been again designated as National Treasures since June 9, 195120 Following a decision by the National Diet, properties to be nominated as World Heritage Site are required to be protected under the 1950 law25

1954 amendmentedit

With the 1954 amendment, the three categories were reorganized into four: Tangible Cultural Properties, Intangible Cultural Properties, Folk Materials split off from the former Tangible Cultural Properties category, and Monuments new name for the former Historic Sites, Places of Scenic beauty, Natural Monuments" category1924 Buried Cultural Properties were introduced as a new category, separate from Tangible Cultural Properties1 In addition, a designation system was established for Important Intangible Cultural Properties and Important Tangible Folk Properties1

1966 Law for the Preservation of Ancient Capitalsedit

Particularly in the 1960s, the spectrum of protected buildings was expanded to include early examples of western architecture20 Around the same time, concepts for conserving the built environment were developed25 With the Law for the Preservation of Ancient Capitals from 1966, the Prime Minister could designate Preservation Districts for Historic Landscapes" or Special Preservation Districts, where the former needed only notification in case of alterations, while the latter required approval This law was restricted to the ancient capitals of Kamakura, Heijō-kyō Nara, Heian-kyō Kyoto, Asuka, Yamato present day Asuka, Nara, Fujiwara-kyō Kashihara, Tenri, Sakurai and Ikaruga, places with a large number of National Treasures161625

In 1968 the planning authority was decentralized and power transferred to local governments16 The Agency for Cultural Affairs was formed as a merger of the Cultural Bureau of the Ministry of Education and the Cultural Properties Protection Commission At the same time was established the Council for the Protection of Cultural Properties126

1975 amendments: Preservation District for a Group of Historic Buildings and Techniques for the conservation of cultural propertiesedit

Bronze water container, formerly property of Hōryū-ji

The year 1975 saw two important extensions to the Law for the Protection of Cultural Properties The Ancient Capital law was extended to include cities not formerly capitals and two new designations, Preservation District for a Group of Historic Buildings and Important Preservation District for a Group of Historic Buildings, were created for especially important districts161825 As of January 16, 2010, there are 86 preservation districts, many of which are located in remote regions8

As a second major change of 1975, the government started to protect not only Tangible or Intangible Cultural Properties, but also Techniques for the Conservation of Cultural properties6 This step was made necessary by the disappearance of skilled craftsmen as a result of industrialization

1996 amendment: Registered Cultural Propertiesedit

The two-tier system of National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties was supplemented with a new class of Registered Cultural Properties meant for items in great need of preservation and use, initially limited to buildings and acting as a waiting list for the list of designated Important Cultural Properties1 A large number of mainly industrial and historic residential from the late Edo to the Shōwa period were registered under this system8

1999 and 2004 amendmentsedit

The Akasaka Palace is the only National Treasure in the category of modern residences Meiji period and later

Since the end of the 20th century, the Agency for Cultural Affairs has been focusing on the designation of structures built between 1868 and 1930 or in underrepresented regions20 The agency realized the insufficient supply of raw materials and tools necessary for restoration works6 In 1999 the protective authority was transferred to prefectures and designated cities With the 2004 amendment, a system for Important Cultural Landscapes was established and Folk Techniques were added to the definition of Folk Cultural Properties Registered Cultural Properties was extended to include works of fine arts and crafts, Tangible Cultural Properties and Tangible Folk Cultural Properties1


  1. ^ Not all Cultural Properties of Japan were created in Japan; some are from China, Korea or other countries See for example the letter from Duarte de Menezez to Toyotomi Hideyoshi, pictured above, a National Treasure originating in India In total, some 857 Important Cultural Properties are Chinese in origin, 96 from Korea, 27 from the West, and three from elsewhere"Archived copy" Archived from the original on June 25, 2012 Retrieved April 20, 2012 
  2. ^ For the purpose of this article, the term Cultural Properties is an official designation
  3. ^ The term is often shortened into just jūbun 重文
  4. ^ The number between brackets represents National Treasures, included in the total
  5. ^ In connection with the establishment of "State Shinto", shrines had received annual funds since 1874


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Preservation and Utilization of Cultural Properties" PDF Agency for Cultural Affairs 1 April 2011 Archived from the original PDF on January 19, 2012 Retrieved 16 February 2012 
    "Preservation and Utilization of Cultural Properties" PDF Administration of Cultural Affairs in Japan ― Fiscal 2009 Agency for Cultural Affairs 2009 Archived from the original PDF on November 10, 2007 
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  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Counts of prefectural and municipal Cultural Properties" 1 May 2010 Archived from the original on 12 April 2008 Retrieved 16 February 2012 
  5. ^ "旧浜離宮庭園" Agency for Cultural Affairs Retrieved 17 February 2012 
  6. ^ a b c d e f Enders & Gutschow 1998, p 14
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  8. ^ a b c d Enders & Gutschow 1998, p 15
  9. ^ a b c d Agency for Cultural Affairs ed "Intangible Cultural Heritage" PDF Administration of Cultural Affairs in Japan ― Fiscal 2009 Asia/Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO ACCU Archived from the original PDF on May 24, 2011 
    "Advisory Body Evaluation Himeji-jo" PDF UNESCO 1992-10-01 Retrieved 2009-12-16 
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  11. ^ a b Edwards 2005, p 38
  12. ^ a b c Gibbon 2005, p 331
  13. ^ a b Jokilehto 2002, p 279
  14. ^ a b c d Edwards 2005, p 39
  15. ^ a b c d e f g Coaldrake 2002, p 248
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  17. ^ a b c Coaldrake 2002, p 249
  18. ^ a b c d e Jokilehto 2002, p 280
  19. ^ a b c Gibbon 2005, p 332
  20. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Enders & Gutschow 1998, p 13
  21. ^ Yoshida 2001, p 135
  22. ^ 金堂 in Japanese Hōryū-ji Retrieved 2009-11-23 
  23. ^ 五重塔 in Japanese Hōryū-ji Retrieved 2009-11-23 
  24. ^ a b c McVeigh 2004, p 171
  25. ^ a b c d Nobuko, Inaba 1998 "Policy and System of Urban / Territorial Conservation in Japan" Tokyo: Tokyo National Research Institute of Cultural Properties Archived from the original on 2009-10-05 Retrieved 2009-11-30 
  26. ^ "Foundations for Cultural Administration" PDF Administration of Cultural Affairs in Japan ― Fiscal 2009 Agency for Cultural Affairs 2003–2004 Archived from the original PDF on 2007-11-10 


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