A Call for Your Cooperation to
Save the Cultural Heritage of Japan!!

The Foundation for Cultural Heritage and Art Research / Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan.

~Cultural Heritage in Crisis:
Damage from the 3.11 Tohoku-Pacific Ocean Earthquake, Japan~

Over 500 nationally designated cultural properties have been damaged by this earthquake along with numerous other important cultural properties.
The following are only a few of the many examples of widespread damage caused by the earthquake and tsunami of 3.11.
Your donation will also be spent on the "Rescue Project"(link), and is highly appreciated.
Please click the amount below for your donation.

*Donations are not eligible for Tax Exemption in the U.S. or other countries outside of Japan.


Built in 1691 as an architectural school, the Yubikan, along with its garden, represents the architectural style of the Edo Period. Its main building, which is a traditional one-story house with a thatched roof, was the oldest existing architectural school in Japan. But it was destroyed by the massive earthquake of 3.11. We hope to restore the school to its original design as soon as possible.

(Photos of the same site before and after the Earthquake.)


The Sawara Traditional Building Preservation District in Katori City is an assemblage of historic merchant houses downstream of the Tone River in Chiba Prefecture. Many of the buildings and their storehouses were severely damaged. A large number of roof tiles fell and were broken, and entire walls collapsed. We think it necessary to restore the damage as soon as possible to revive this precious historical district.

(Photos of the same site before and after the Earthquake.)


Takada Matsubara was a pine grove on the beach consisting of 70,000 pine trees dating from the year 1667. All the pine trees have now been swept away with the exception of one sole remaining tree. This lone pine tree has now become a source of hope and encouragement for the people struggling to recover. We wish to preserve this pine tree as a symbol of the reconstruction, restore the soil and support a new plantation effort to bring back the long row of 70,000 pine trees.

(Photos of the same site before and after the Earthquake.)

Holdings of the Museums (besides art objects, the Rescue Project is aiming to save archives and natural research resources).

Before the disaster, the Ishinomaki Culture Centre had long held and displayed art objects, archives, and other local items with historic significance, among them are more than one hundred thousand folk materials and works of local sculptors.

Those holdings of the museum were severely damaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. However they were saved and sheltered by specialists from participating organizations affiliated with the Rescue Project. This operation is still continuing. We hope the Rescue Project can help relieve the minds of the local people and bring smiles to their faces again.

(Photos of the after the Earthquake.)

*Donations are not eligible for Tax Exemption in the U.S. or other countries outside of Japan.

Cultural properties are precious common heritage for us all, which supports our spirit. We will bring together the utmost of our knowledge, technology and resources availabe to us now to recover them.  However, it would be difficult to recover all of them, we would greatly appreciate your support and generosity to help us save as many properties as we can, and to help heal the hearts of the people in the affected areas. <br>
Thank you very much for your attention and support Commissioner for Cultural Affairs, Japan<br>
  Seiichi Kondo