Japan Foundation Fellow Seminar
Comparing Japanese Five-Storied Pagodas (Goju-no-to) and Persian Minarets

There are a lot of five-storied pagodas all over Japan and some of them are listed as National Treasure or Important Cultural Property. One of the most famous pagodas is in Nara Prefecture, Buddhist monuments in the Horyu-ji area, which is inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage.
Japan Foundation Fellow, Dr. Mehrdad Hejazi, researching the structure of historical building of Iran, especially minarets, has been strongly interested in Japanese pagodas and continues cooperation with Japanese scholars.
Date & Time Wednesday, August 26th, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Venue The Japan Foundation, JFIC Space “Keyaki” 2F
Address: 4-4-1 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Access
Tel. +81-(0)3-5369-6071

Presentation 1
Yasuyoshi Okada
Professor, The Institute for Cultural Studies of Ancient Iraq, Graduate School of Globalising Asia, Kokushikan University
A note on the masonry construction in the context of ancient Mesopotamia through Persia.

Presentation 2
Kaori Fujita
Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Introduction to Japanese Traditional Wooden Pagodas

Presentation 3
Mehrdad Hejazi
Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Isfahan, Iran
Persian Minarets and Comparison with Japanese Five-Storied Pagodas


Yasuyoshi Okada, Professor at the Institute for Cultural Studies of Ancient Iraq of Kokushikan University, has a rich experience in preservation of cultural heritage in Middle Eastern countries, especially Iraq and Iran. He is the vice president of ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) Japan.

Kaori Fujita, Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Engineering of the University of Tokyo, researches on the structural characteristics of traditional wooden buildings, especially on the earthquake resistance. She surveys buildings not only in Japan but also in various countries in Asia.

Mehrdad Hejazi, Associate Professor at Department of Civil Engineering, University of Isfahan, has published five books about Persian Architectural Heritage in the UK. Besides his research on structural engineering in University of Isfahan, he works on restoration of historical buildings affected by disasters as well.

Language in English (No interpretation).
Capacity 30 seats
Admission Free
Contact The Japan Foundation
Europe, Middle East and Africa Section
Japanese Studies and Global Partnerships Programs Dept.
Person in charge: Takaguchi (Mr.)
TEL: +81-(0)3-5369-6071  FAX: +81-(0)3-5369-6041
E-mail: :Masanori_Takaguchi@jpf.go.jp
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