ITC 2023, the 17th year

Online course: 14th August to 1st September 2023
Onsite course: 11th September to 23rd September 2023 at Kyoto, Kobe, Hirokawa, Yuasa and Kainan city, Japan

2023 ITC Theme:
Safeguarding and Utilization of Intangible Cultural Heritage for Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage

13 participants from Hungary, Republic of Korea, Israel, Malawi, Pakistan, Philippine, Saudi Arabia, Spain, USA

Site Visits:

  • The Kyoto City Cultural Property Building Conservation Technology Training Center
  • ‘Oo Funa Boko Chokaisyo’. It serves as a community house with a storage room for the traditional equipment of “Oo Funa Float” used during the Gion Festival, one of the 34 participating neighborhood floats.
  • Kyoto National Museum
  • Disaster Mitigation System in Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kyoto
  • Fire Prevention Facilities at Higashi Hongan-Ji Temple, Kyoto
  • Sawanotsuru Sake Brewery, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, Kazamidori-no-yakata, and Moegi-no-yakata, Kobe, Hyogo
  • The monument of Inamura-no-hi at Hirogawa-cho, Arita, Wakayama
  • Yuasa, a Traditional Buildings Preservation District, Yuasa, a Traditional Buildings Preservation District, is the birthplace of soy sauce.
  • Kainan city, the city where the pre-recovery plan has been being conducted.

Organized by:
Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University
In collaboration with ICCROM and contributed by UNESCO, ICOM & ICOMOS/ICORP

Course Pictures

A group photo with the President of Ristumeikan University
Online group photo
Lecture at the Kyoto City Cultural Property Building Conservation Technology Training Center
Demonstration of the water shield as the fire prevention equipment at Higashihongan-ji
Exercise of Hiwadabuki roof installment at the Kyoto City Cultural Property Building Conservation Technology Training Center
Intense discussion among the participants
Professor Oba explaining about Japanese traditional historic buildings and their coping mechanism with floods
Professor Sato’s lecture on Gion Festival and its emerged community
Kiyomizudera visit with Professor Fujimoto
Looking at the monument of Inamura-no-hi at Hirogawacho with Professor Motozuka
Recovery process workshop with Professor Hiraoka
Visiting pre recovery plan installed at Nankai City with Professor Kim
Sharing good practices with our former participants
International Panel Discussion and the book launch
Closing ceremony with the Head of DMUCH Professor Yoshitomi and the Co-chairs of UNESCO Programme
Final day with all the participants with their certificates in their hands