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Tiffany Foundation Award for the Preservation of Japanese Traditional Arts and Culture in Contemporary Society

2008–2013

In 2008, JCIE and The Tiffany & Co. Foundation established the Tiffany Foundation Award for the Preservation of Japanese Traditional Arts and Culture in Contemporary Society in order to recognize organizations that have made notable contributions to the promotion of Japanese traditional culture and to the revitalization of local communities. The program ran for six successful years, from 2008 to 2013.


Reflections on the Program

Following the completion of the award program, JCIE prepared a beautifully illustrated publication that highlights the awardees and assesses the impact of the program and the lessons learned. Each section of the book is presented in Japanese, followed by English.




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Introduction

 

2008 Taisho Award

Mino Washi Akari Art Contest & Exhibition Organizing Committee
Mino City, Gifu Prefecture

2008 Shinkosho Award

Nishi-shiogo Revolving Theater Preservation Committee
Hitachi-Omiya City, Ibaraki Prefecture

2009 Taisho Award

Earth Celebration Committee
Sado City, Niigata Prefecture

2009 Shinkosho Award

Kurobei Project Team
Murakami City, Niigata Prefecture

2010 Taisho Award

Kyo-machiya Revitalization Study Group
Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture

2010 Shinkosho Award

Red Brick Club Maizuru
Maizuru City, Kyoto Prefecture

2011 Taisho Award

Amawari Roman Association
Uruma City, Okinawa Prefecture

2011 Shinkosho Award

Taiguruma Revival Project
Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture

2012 Taisho Award

Yamamoto Noh Theater
Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture

2012 Shinkosho Award

Wajima Dozo Culture Renovation Center
Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture

2013 Taisho Award

Association for the Promotion of Ipponsugi Street
Nanao City, Ishikawa Prefecture

2013 Shinkosho Award

ENVISI
Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture

Conclusion:

The Tiffany Award and Regional Revitalization, Toshi Menju (JCIE)

Award Description

The Tiffany Foundation Award honored organizations in two separate categories: the Taisho Award was given to one organization that is nationally recognized and is expected to introduce a revolutionary or innovative element to their field; and the Shinkosho Award was presented to another that is recognized at the community level as having great potential or that has produced exemplary results through efforts in its region. The recipients each received a ¥2 million award and a custom-designed trophy by Tiffany & Co. (See sidebar for further information on the grantees.)

The award recognized those whose activities (1) Incorporate the heritage of traditional local culture into the contemporary activities of modern society by mobilizing the participation of a wide range of citizens in traditional cultural activities; (2) Revive traditional cultural activities that have been passed down through the generations with the purpose of regenerating a sense of local pride and contribute to community revitalization; (3) Promote domestic and international exchange related to the theme of traditional arts and culture to rejuvenate local communities and open them to the rest of the world. JCIE requested nominations for the award from experts and institutions active throughout Japan. In addition, organizations with a strong record of carrying out exemplary activities in keeping with the objectives of this award were invited to directly nominate themselves.

Selection Committee

Katsuhiko Hibino—Artist; Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts
Kengo Kuma—Architect; Professor, University of Tokyo
Fumio Nanjo—Director, Mori Art Museum
Yuko Tanaka—Professor, Hosei University

The inaugural Tiffany Foundation Award winners are profiled in the November 2008 issue of Civil Society Monitor.