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Petitioning 文部科学大臣 The Minister of Education, Culture, Sports Science and Technology and 1 other

「伝統構法:日本建築の匠の技」のユネスコ無形文化遺産への登録を求めます! Our Earnest Call for the Registration of "Dento-koho", the Unique Traditional Woodworking Techniques of Japan, as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage

 日本の伝統的な木造建築技術である「伝統構法:日本建築の匠の技」は、日本古来の技術と中国大陸や朝鮮半島から伝来した技術とが融合され、日本の気候風土の中で千年以上にわたり日本人の感性と知恵によって磨き上げられた、職人の卓越した技術です。大工技術だけでなく、木や土などから作られる材料の生産技術や、建築職人が使用する鋸や鉋などの道具を作る技術、建築に関する儀式や慣習などを含めた総体が「伝統構法」であり、どれが欠けても日本の木造建築文化を生きた形で継承していく事はできません。

 茶道・華道などの伝統文化や能・歌舞伎などの伝統芸能は、日本の伝統的な木造建築と一体となって発展してきました。また、映画や絵画などにも描かれている日本の伝統的な風景や町並みは、観光資源として多くの外国人観光客を引き寄せています。こうした日本の原風景を支えてきたのが「伝統構法」なのです。

 しかし現在、その技術は断絶の危機に瀕しています。技術と技能を併せ持つ職人が減少し、技術の継承や生産システムの維持が困難になったためです。「伝統構法」を現代に生かしながら継承していくことは急務であり、それが実現しなければ千年以上に亘り培われてきた日本の木造建築技術の歴史は途絶えることになります。

 未来に継承すべき「伝統構法」のたぐいない文化的価値を再評価し、ユネスコ無形文化遺産に登録することを多くの国民が求めています。

伝統木造技術文化遺産準備会 公式HP http://dentoh-isan.jp/

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Dento-koho, the traditional woodworking techniques of Japan, have been developed through a blend of the original techniques of Japan and techniques from China and the Korean peninsula. In Japan, it has been developed and nurtured by a group of highly skilled artisans over a period of more than one thousand years in the context of the unique sensibility and wisdom of Japan.

Dento-koho is comprised of not only carpentry skills, but also the system of production techniques for working with wood and other natural materials, the manufacturing techniques for producing tools, and the related social and spiritual ceremonies and customs. If just one of these components is lost, the technology and tradition of dento-koho cannot survive in Japan. 

Traditional culture such as the tea ceremony and flower arrangement, and traditional art forms such as Noh and Kabuki evolved within and around the traditional wooden structures of Japanese architecture. In addition, the representations of traditional landscape and streetscapes depicted in movies and paintings attract a lot of foreign tourists. In these important ways, dento-koho has supported the concept of the prototypical and idealized image of Japan.

However, this system of techniques is in danger of extinction now. The number of artisans with these skills and craftsmanship is catastrophically falling, and the survival of these thousand-year-old techniques and production systems is becoming increasingly difficult.

There is a growing recognition by the Japanese people that dento-koho is a unique cultural treasure that needs to be preserved, and this is lending considerable support to the movement to have dento-koho registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. 

Visit our website for more information  http://dentoh-isan.jp/

This petition was delivered to:
  • 文部科学大臣 The Minister of Education, Culture, Sports Science and Technology
  • 文化庁長官 The Commissioner of the Agency for Cultural Affairs

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