Living National Treasure

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  • Japanese: 人間国宝 (ningen kokuhô)

Living National Treasures are visual and performing artists recognized by the Japanese national government for their preeminence in their art form, and for their contributions in maintaining traditional culture. The designation was first established in 1953.

Selected List of Living National Treasures


  1. Gallery labels, Okinawa Prefectural Museum.[1]
  2. Gallery labels, "The Hayakawa Lineage in Kansai," Metropolitan Museum.[2]
  3. Gallery labels, Fujukan Museum, University of the Ryukyus.[3]
  4. Gallery labels, Okinawa Prefectural Museum.[4]
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