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JAPANESE IMPERIAL BUDDHIST CONVENTS

Preserving the Imperial Buddhist Convents of Japan

JAPANESE IMPERIAL BUDDHIST CONVENTS
Nara and Kyoto, Japan
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BACKGROUND

From the 13th through the late 19th centuries, tradition called for unmarried daughters of Japanese emperors and shoguns to become abbesses in a network of elite imperial Buddhist convents. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

Conservation of the Japanese Imperial Buddhist Convents was the inaugural project for World Monuments Fund in Japan. In 2002, WMF and the Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies at Columbia University joined forces to carry out a restoration project at the Imperial Chapel Chokusaku-do at Hokyoji Imperial Convent in Kyoto. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

In addition to ensuring the architectural and institutional longevity of these historic places, WMF’s goal is to raise public awareness of the convents and help the current abbesses secure new sources of funding from corporations, government agencies, foundations, and individuals in Japan. (...)

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Hadrian Award 2008World Monuments Fund 2008 Hadrian Award
October, 2009

Every year, the World Monuments Fund gives the Hadrian Award to international leaders who have advanced the preservation of world art and architecture.

In 2008, WMF honored Houghton, Doreen, and Graeme Freeman and the Freeman Foundation.

The Freeman Foundation is the lead supporter of our work in Asia, including the Qianlong Garden in the Forbidden City, and the Japanese Imperial Buddhist Convents.