Kitora Tomb Mural Paintings Recommended as National Treasure

Society Culture

Tokyo, March 18 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Council for Cultural Affairs on Monday recommended that three sets of cultural assets be designated national treasures, including ancient mural paintings at the Kitora tumulus in Asuka, Nara Prefecture.

The recommendations made to culture minister Masahiko Shibayama also covered a set of wooden sculptures, including one of the Healing Buddha, at the Toshodaiji temple in the same western Japan prefecture.

The council, chaired by Makoto Sato, executive at the National Institutes for the Humanities, also recommended the designations of 41 sets of assets as important cultural properties, including 67 documents related mainly to warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi in the country's warring period more than 400 years ago.

New registrations of tangible cultural properties were sought for 153 buildings, including the Kudan Kaikan hall in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward, a historic building in the Imperial Crown style, characterized by Japanese-style roofing on a Western structure.

After the designations and registrations, expected to be announced soon in line with the council's recommendations, Japan will have 10,772 artworks designated as important cultural properties, including 893 national treasures, and 12,281 buildings registered as tangible cultural properties.

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