The Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties is an organisation committed to comprehensive research in ancient cultural heritage. The ancient city of Nara is known for its wealth of ancient architecture and historical works of art, and the Institute was established to conduct research on these materials.
Inspired in the mid-1950s by the problem of preserving the Nara palace site, to get involved in research in buried cultural properties as well, the Institute has achieved significant results in the excavation and study of the Nara and Fujiwara palace site. These have contributed to international academic exchanges aimed at shedding light on the development of ancient capitals.
In addition, sophisticated techniques of restoration, developed at the Institute for preserving valuable buried cultural materials, have been applied in the preservation of sites and artifacts throughout the world.
The complex of the former imperial court, including the building itself, is currently being reconstructed on the grounds of Nara Palace.
The techniques of reconstruction used in these projects are being applied in the presentation of historic sites throughout the world. In addition, the Institute also serves as a center for the training of, and for conducting joint research with, both local government employees involved in archaeological excavations, and foreign researchers.
The memorandum has become the first step to provide an opportunity to develop cooperation in educational and academic fields, and to contribute to the development of cooperation between the two countries in the abovementioned fields, the parties have agreed on collaboration in academic programmes and research projects, especially in cultural, historical, archaeological and literary studies and those of the Great Silk Road, with a focus on Central Asia and IICAS member states.
The area of cooperation within the framework of the signed memorandum of understanding covers mutual visits of researchers and research teams, collaboration in research projects, organisation of joint academic seminars, workshops, training courses and other similar activities. The parties have also expressed their wish to exchange academic data, publications and other information and cooperate on other areas of mutual interest. Prospective collaborative research projects will help disseminate latest academic and cultural knowledge.
More info on the Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties (Nara, Japan) is available at : https://www.nabunken.go.jp/english