Activity Report (1995) Part 1- II. Cultural Preservation and Vitality

II. Cultural Preservation and Vitality

Museum Staff Training Course (Mongolia)

The Asia Center sent two Japanese museum experts to a two-week training workshop in Ulanbator co-organized by the Ministry of Culture of Mongolia. The training focused on improving the technical skills of museum professionals at Mongolia's major museums-the Museum of Ethnology, the Museum of Art, and the Natural History Museum. The experts also carried out a stock-taking survey of the current status of Mongolia's museums and other institutions for preserving its cultural properties.

Preservation of Cultural Properties in Asia (Japan)

Experts on the preservation of cultural properties from 17 Asian countries were invited to a one-week seminar in Tokyo and Nara that was co-organized with the Tokyo National Institute of Cultural Property. The stated theme of the seminar was "Technical Aspects of International Cooperation for Preserving Cultural Properties in Asia," and the participants looked at the current status of cultural preservation systems in each country.

Research Mission to National Library of Mongolia (Mongolia)

The National Library of Mongolia, which has a priceless collection of manuscripts in Tibetan and Mongolian languages, has an urgent need to improve its preservation management systems. Two librarians from the National Diet Library in Tokyo surveyed the present state of the Library's collection and the preservation systems in place. They also conducted a feasibility study on how future international collaboration should best be carried out.

Study Tour for Asian Museum Professionals (Japan)

Six curators and directors from two Asian museums-the Museum of Ethnology, Vietnam, and the National Museum of Bhutan-were invited to attend an international cooperative seminar on museology organized by the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka. The six professionals also visited museums in Kyoto, Nara, Nagoya, and Tokyo. The program was timely, since Vietnam's Museum of Ethnology will open its doors in 1997, and the National Museum of Bhutan is planning a renovation of its exhibits.

Study Tour for Asian Textile Experts (Japan)

The Asia Center invited textile artists, designers, researchers and other experts from Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, and Thailand to attend a study tour to Tokyo, Kyoto, and Okinawa in March-April 1996. The purpose of this program was to discuss the use of traditional materials, such as natural vegetable dyes and fibres, the transmission of traditional weaving techniques to the younger generation, and how those materials and techniques can be adapted in modern contexts. It was hoped that the meeting could be the start of a network of Asian textile experts.

The Use of Audio-Visual Documentation for the Preservation and Promotion of Intangible Culture (Vietnam)

¥216,000 The Asia Center helped a seminar in Hue, Vietnam organized by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts (SEAMEO-SPAFA) by supporting the participation of Japanese film experts. The seminar dealt with the use of audio-visual documentation in preserving and promoting Southeast Asian traditional dramatic arts. The Japanese experts gave lecture-demonstrations on methods of documentation.

Workshop at the National Museum of Bhutan (Bhutan)

Professor Yasuyuki Kurita of the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka conducted a workshop at the National Museum of Bhutan in Paro to help it with plans to renovate its exhibits. This is Bhutan's only museum and it contributes greatly to strengthening the identity of the Bhutanese people, with exhibits on history, natural sciences, and folklore. Professor Kurita also explored the possibilities of future Asia Center support for museum development in Bhutan.

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