The present Gangoji Institute for Research of Cultural
Property, an incorporated foundation, was originally founded as Gangoji
Institute for research on Buddhistic and Folkloric Relics which was mainly
concerned with Buddhism and folk artifacts.
It has begun at the Gangoji temple, located in the gNara-machih
urban area. Through researches of its buildings, restoration of arts and
crafts, and arrangement of over one hundred thousand remains unearthed
during excavation digs before construction of the exhibition room and safety
However, as our understandings changed inside and outside
the country, the fields now extend to cultural anthropology, development
and the practice of scientific conservation techniques of cultural remains.
gBuried and forgotten cultural properties and extremely
deteriorated ones have to be conserved as soon and as safe as possible
using reversible materials.h At the same time they have to be researched
from a historical and cultural scientific point of view. To realize this
it is important to apply the experiences of the institute and results of
recent studies from related academic societies.
Gangoji temple, nominated as one of the World Cultural
Heritages in Nara is at one with the institute. We hope that all of you
will understand the meaning and@necessity@of@protection and conservation
of cultural properties, wishing your corporation and support for our activities.