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News: Updates

Cultural Properties Loss: Statement on the Impact of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on Cultural Properties

The Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures continues to encourage donations to the Japan Society Relief Fund (link). We are also aware of a number of other appeals, in particular regarding cultural properties. The Institute is now monitoring the situation regarding the impact on cultural properties in particular (including archaeological remains, locations associated with the production of artistic and craft output, museums and art galleries). The Institute expects to be announcing a new project on the impact of the disaster on cultural properties in the near future.

In the meantime, the following links provide further information about various western-language initiatives and networks relating to the impact of the disaster on cultural properties. These links will be updated monthly.

Urgent request from the Foundation for Cultural Heritage and Art Research calling for donations to help save the artefacts and architecture of Japanese cultural heritage severely damaged by the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.

Donations are now closed.

An article about the ‘Bunkazai Rescue’ initiative on the Online Gallery of Antiquity, including a first-hand report by Professor Akira Matsui, Director, Centre for Archaeological Operations, Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, detailing the impact of the disaster on archaeological remains and museums.

Read article

Details of the extent of the impact on cultural properties, with detailed maps, provided by the Research Center for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University.

Official site

Article about the Consortium for Earthquake Damaged Cultural Heritage (CEDACH).

Read more

Report by the Network for Historical Materials, detailing rescue work in specific areas affected by the disaster.

Read report

Embassy of Japan in the UK donation.


Japan Society in London donation.