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Ningen Kokuhō
Posted August 27th, 2008 - 5:36 pm by from Montreal, Canada (Permalink)
One day, I saw a documentary about "Living National Treasure" and It really grab my attention, but also about all the technical specification to be reward about this honor. One thing was interesting for me, was to think as a society to transmit knowledge from generation that maybee our society have forgot with these techno times.

When you travel around Japan, and withness complex technical art, such as architecture, pottery, paper, etc... one time or another, you will wish to understand and learn some of this art... and respect a society that as this idea about life is about the time of a flower, but also the wisdom of growing roots for the next generation.

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Living National Treasure (人間国宝, Ningen Kokuhō) is a title awarded in Japan to certain masters of crafts such as woodblock printing (ukiyo-e), papermaking, swordsmithing and pottery, and to masters of performance traditions such as bunraku, kabuki, and various matsuri (festival) performance traditions, with the aim of preserving skills and techniques in danger of being lost.

In 1950, the Government of Japan began to designate certain individuals or groups who were "bearers of important intangible cultural assets" (重要無形文化財保持者, jūyō mukei bunkazai hojisha) as living human treasures, just as places or things of great cultural value are designated as national treasures, thus becoming eligible for special protection and support.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Living_National_Treasure_(Japan)