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Joint-research Project with Canon Inc. on the Creation and Utilization of High-resolution Reproductions of Cultural Properties

The National Center for the Promotion of Cultural Properties (CPCP) and Canon Inc. are engaged in a joint-research project concerning the creation and utilization of high-resolution reproductions of cultural properties.
This project uses the same technology as the Tsuzuri Project, a joint-project between Canon and the Kyoto Culture Association to create high-resolution reproductions of Japanese masterpieces. The Tsuzuri Project included joint research and proof-of-concept testing concerning the use of these reproductions.
Many of Japan’s cultural properties are made of fragile materials and are subject to a number of restrictions during exhibitions. Through this joint project, high-resolution reproductions of cultural properties virtually identical to the originals are being created which will provide opportunities for more people to have enriching and educational experiences while interacting with Japan’s cultural treasures.

Project Objectives

  • Increase opportunities for public exposure and knowledge about cultural properties through the use of high-resolution reproductions.
  • Cultivate facilitators for educational programs and other human resources concerned with utilizing cultural properties.
  • Maximize the reproducibility, durability, and utilization of original cultural properties by making use of high-resolution reproductions.
About the Tsuzuri Project

The Tsuzuri Project is a public improvement project co-sponsored by the Kyoto Culture Association and Canon. The project aims to preserve original cultural properties by making high-resolution reproductions of them. In this project, Canon’s advanced digital tools are combined with Kyoto’s expertise in traditional arts to provide high-resolution reproductions of Japanese masterpieces such as folding screens, painted sliding screens, and picture scrolls, which are then donated.

Launched in 2007, cultural properties are chosen for use in the Tsuzuri Project annually based on two themes. The first theme is for reproductions of cultural properties that have found their way overseas. These reproductions are then donated to the previous owners of such art. The second theme is for reproductions of cultural properties featured in textbooks. These reproductions are used to bring history to life in educational environments.