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Tobunken-SISJAC Research Collection Database
Supported by the J. Paul Getty Jnr. Charitable Trust
The Tobunken-Sainsbury Institute Research Collections Database is a project between the Sainsbury Institute (SISJAC) and the Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties (Tobunken). Under this collaboration, since 2013, SISJAC is collecting information on Japanese art related publications in English, as well as on Japanese art exhibitions and Japanese film festivals taking place outside of Japan. Information collected by SISJAC is made available on the Tobunken’s online database for the use of researchers and the general public interested in Japanese arts and culture.
Tobunken is a prestigious national institute based in Tokyo. Situated at the heart of academic research activities on Japanese arts and culture, their mission is to conduct research on the conservation of cultural properties and to contribute to their protection by making their research results available within and outside Japan. As a core activity, Tobunken is committed to disseminating information generated and collected by each of their four research departments, namely the Department of Art Research, Archives and Information Systems; the Department of Intangible Cultural Heritage; the Center for Conservation Science and Restoration Techniques; and the Japan Center for International Cooperation in Conservation.
Tobunken has developed a comprehensive database bringing together all of their information which can be searched on their website, and new information is continuously added and updated on the system. Since its launch, the database has been serving as an essential source of information for academics and the public, but the content was limited to events taking place in Japan or publications in Japanese. To remedy this situation, Tobunken appointed SISJAC as their partner abroad to contribute in expanding the content of the database and make it global. Information gathered by SISJAC complements the existing database of Tobunken, and is expected to act as the first point of reference for those interested in and looking for information on Japanese arts and cultures available in English. The database lists publications, exhibitions and film festivals in English language since 2013 in principle.
You can find our information in the sections ‘References on Cultural Properties’ and ‘Information Search’ under the Tobunken Research Collections.
We hope that this database will develop into an indispensable tool for those who study and research Japanese arts in and outside of Japan and we welcome any feedback. Please send your comments to us.
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