One of the most important roles of the Cultural Properties Protection Division is to preserve the traditional arts and crafts and performing arts through their living exemplars. Individual artists and groups, such as a dance troupe or a pottery village, are designated as mukei bunkazai (intangible cultural assets) in recognition of their skill. Major exponents of the traditional arts have been designated as ningen kokuho (living national treasures). About seventy persons are so honored at any one time; in 1989 the six newly designated masters were a kyogen (comic) performer, a chanter of bunraku (puppet) theater, a performer of the nagauta shamisen (a special kind of stringed instrument), the head potter making Nabeshima decorated porcelain ware, the top pictorial lacquer-ware artist, and a metal-work expert. Each was provided a lifetime annual pension of ￥2 million and financial aid for training disciples. ...more on Wikipedia about "Agency for Cultural Affairs"
An art-name (in Japanese, gō) is a pseudonym, or penname, used by a Japanese artist, which they sometimes change. ...more on Wikipedia about "Art-name"
Arts Initiative Tokyo (AIT) a not-for-profit independent collective of curators and art administrators based in Tokyo, Japan. It is especially concerned with contemporary art. ...more on Wikipedia about "Arts Initiative Tokyo"
Ikebana ( Japanese: 生花, literally "living flowers") is the Japanese art of flower arrangement, also known as kadō (華道 or 花道)—the "way of flowers". ...more on Wikipedia about "Ikebana"
The Japanese word irezumi (入れ墨, 入墨, 文身, 剳青, 黥 or 刺青) refers to the insertion of ink under the skin to leave a permanent, usually decorative mark, in other words, tattooing. ...more on Wikipedia about "Irezumi"
The Japan Art History Forum (JAHF) is an online discussion group for participating members to discuss Japanese art history as well as visual material culture. The Japan Art History Forum (JAHF) was founded in 1997. Current membership is 260 persons worldwide. Membership is not limited to academics. In addition to faculty and graduate students, museum professionals, art historians, and art collectors also belong to JAHF. ...more on Wikipedia about "Japan Art History Forum"
Japanese art covers a wide range of art styles and media, including ancient pottery, sculpture in wood and bronze, ink painting on silk and paper, and a myriad of other types of works of art. It also has a long history, ranging from the beginnings of human habitation in Japan, sometime in the 10th millennium BC, to the present. ...more on Wikipedia about "Japanese art"
Living National Treasure is a title awarded in countries including Japan and Australia. ...more on Wikipedia about "Living National Treasure"
Nihon Kaifuku Anma is the Japanese restoration massage. It is used in some Japanese martial arts. ...more on Wikipedia about "Nihon Kaifuku Anma"
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