International Researchers Forum is organised (17-18 Dec 2019, Tokyo)


IRCI co-organises “International Researchers Forum: Perspectives of Research for Intangible Cultural Heritage – towards a Sustainable Society” with Agency of Cultural Affairs and Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties (Tōbunken) on 17-18 December 2019 at Tōbunken in Tokyo. We will accept 100 visitors for free on a first-come, first-served basis. For your admission, please refer to the section 8 below.

1 Objectives
As represented by the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, expectation to various activities for the realization of Sustainable Society have been gradually growing. This forum is held to investigate the current status and issues of ICH and its roles to sustainable development and to discuss the contribution of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) to the Sustainable Society from the viewpoints of community development as well as education. Through the examination of the shared case studies, we will explore the future direction of the research for the ICH safeguarding and ICH’s contribution to the Sustainable Society with the participation of researchers from the Asia-Pacific regions in the fields of ICH, community development, regional environment and education.

2 Date
17 December 2019 (Tue) 9:40-17:40 (Opening: 9:00) 
18 December 2019 (Wed) 10:00-12:00(Opening: 9:30) 

3 Venue
Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties (Tōbunken) 
13-43 Uenokoen, Taito-ward, Tokyo, Japan

4 Organisers and Coorganiser
International Research Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region (IRCI), National Institutes for Cultural Heritage, Japan
Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan

Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, National Institutes for Cultural Heritage, Japan

5 Keynote Speech
Date and Time: 17 December 2019 (Tue) 10:00-10:45
Title:Intangible Cultural Heritage and Local Communities
Speaker: Kenji Yoshida (Director-General, National Museum of Ethnology, Japan)

 Abstract and Speaker’s Profile


6 Programme
17 December 
9:40-10:00 Opening
10:00-10:45 Keynote Speech “Intangible Cultural Heritage and Local Communities”
            Kenji Yoshida (Director-General, National Museum of Ethnology, Japan)
11:00-12:50 Session1”Community Development-ICH and regional development”
14:00-15:10 Session 2 “Community Development -environment and ICH”
15:30-17:40 Session 3 “Discussions from education perspective”

18 December 
10:00-12:00 Wrap-up Session

For the detail, please click here.

7 Seating Capacity
100 People(English-Japanese simultaneous translation is provided)

8 Admission (Free: prior registration required)
Please send e-mail titled “Forum audience registration” including your name, your affiliation, phone number and the names of your companions (maximum two persons) to

9 For media inquiries
Please contact us at by 10 December (Tue) at 17:00.