The Yomiuri Shimbun KYOTO — About 150 booths set up by museums from Japan and abroad, sponsors and other entities are on display through Wednesday at an event hall in the Kyoto International Conference Center, the main venue for the 25th general conference of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), which runs through Saturday.
The Yomiuri Shimbun, one of the top-level Platinum sponsors for ICOM Kyoto 2019, has a booth introducing the Tsumugu Project: Promoting, Restoring and Preserving the Beauty of Japan’s Art, which focuses on repairing cultural properties including national treasures. The project is jointly organized by the Cultural Affairs Agency, the Imperial Household Agency and The Yomiuri Shimbun.
The Yomiuri booth also displays posters for two Shosoin-featured events. They are the 71st Annual Exhibition of Shosoin Treasures at the Nara National Museum, organized with special cooperation from The Yomiuri Shimbun, and Shosoin: Essential Treasures of Ancient Japan Passed Down by the Imperial Family at the Tokyo National Museum, cosponsored by The Yomiuri Shimbun.
In addition, there is a booth introducing the Japan Cultural Expo, a culture and arts festival the government plans to hold in tandem with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. The expo will showcase art exhibitions and cultural festivals that embody the beauty of Japan in such fields as fine arts and cultural assets, performing arts, and food culture and nature.
Artifacts such as Jomon pottery and Buddhist statues, and vivid photo panels introducing traditional Japanese performing arts including bunraku puppet theater and kabuki, are on display at the Expo’s booth and are attracting the attention of visitors.