The workshop allows participants to become familiar with the conservation and handling of cultural properties while providing opportunities for networking. This year’s workshop included a sculpture handling session and conservation studio tour at the Nara National Museum, following by an excursion to sites in Nara city, Asuka village, and surrounding areas. Participants of this annual workshop are museum professionals from outside Japan, including curators of East Asian art as well as registrars, educators, designers, and others who are involved in Japanese art exhibitions at their respective institutions.

Duration: Monday, January 16 – Thursday 18, 2018


Tuesday, January 16

  • Orientation and viewing of the galleries (Nara National Museum)
  • Visit to the conservation center

    ・ Instructor: Mr. Toshiyuki Torigoe (Curator of Conservation, NNM)

  • Sculpture handling workshop

    ・ Instructor: Mr. Shigeki Iwata (Special Research Chair, NNM)

Wednesday, January 17

  • Visit to Kohfukuji Temple (National Treasure Museum and Eastern Golden Hall) and Todaiji Temple (Great South Gate, Great Buddha Hall, and Todaiji Museum)

    ・ Instructor: Mr. Shigeki Iwata (Special Research Chair, NNM)

    Mr. Tomoji Iwai (Curator of Sculpture, NNM)

    Dr. Ryusuke Yamaguchi (Curator of Sculpture, NNM)

  • Visit to Yakushiji Temple, Toshodaiji Temple

    ・ Instructor: Dr. Sakae Naito (Director and Chief Curator, NNM)

Thursday, January 18

  • Visit to Isonokami Jingu Shrine, Kurozuka Tumulus, Omiwa Shrine, Ishibutai Tumulus, and Asukadera Temple

    ・ Instructor: Mr. Satoru Yoshizawa (Curator of Archaeology, NNM)

  • Visit to the Kitora Tumulus Mural Experiential Museum “Shijin no Yakata”
  • Visit to the Takamatsuzuka Tumulus Conservation Center

    ・ Instructor: Dr. Toru Tateishi (Senior Specialist of Tumuli Murals (Conservation Science), Agency for Cultural Affairs)


  • Dr. Laura Allen

    Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

  • Dr. Monika Bincsik

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Mr. Andrew Gutierrez

    The Cleveland Museum of Art

  • Dr. Jeannie Kenmotsu

    Portland Art Museum

  • Dr. Andreas Marks

    Minneapolis Institute of Art

  • Dr. Yuki Morishima

    Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

  • Dr. Anne Nishimura Morse

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

  • Dr. Rhiannon Paget

    The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art

  • Dr. Aaron Rio

    Minneapolis Institute of Art

  • Dr. Sinéad Vilbar

    The Cleveland Museum of Art

  • Mr. Tim Clark

    The British Museum

  • Dr. Louise Boyd

    National Museum of Scotland

  • Dr. Rosina Buckland

    National Museum of Scotland

  • Ms. Mirjam Denes

    Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts, Budapest

  • Dr. Rupert Faulkner

    Victoria and Albert Museum

  • Ms. Silvia Gaetti

    Grassi Museum of Applied Arts in Leipzig

  • Dr. Marketa Hanova

    The National Gallery in Prague

  • Ms. Anna Kamenskikh

    The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

  • Dr. Daan Kok

    National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden

  • Mr. Michel Maucuer

    Musée national des Arts asiatiques-Guimet

  • Dr. Mary Redfern

    Chester Beatty Library

  • Mr. Sergei Shandyba

    State Museum of the History of Religion, St. Petersburg

  • Dr. Akiko Yano

    The British Museum

  • Ms. Ainura Yusupova

    The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts