Restoring Angkor Wat: An Interview with Japanese Scholar Ishizawa Yoshiaki

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via 06 April 2018:

Award-winning Japanese scholar Ishizawa Yoshiaki is one of the world’s leading authorities on Khmer inscriptions of the Angkor period (802–1431). His honors include the Ramon Magsaysay Award, sometimes described as the “Asian Nobel,” for his contributions over the course of half a century in restoring to the Cambodian people a sense of pride in their cultural heritage. We spoke to him about his long career working on the monuments at Angkor and his efforts to train a new generation of Cambodian conservators.

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‘Asia’s Nobel Prize’ winner dedicated his professional life to Angkor Wat, Cambodians

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via Mainichi, 23 September 2017

Sophia University professor Yoshiaki Ishizawa’s connection to Angkor Wat and the Cambodian people has spread over half a century, earning him “Asia’s Nobel Prize” earlier this month for his work in the country.

Source: ‘Asia’s Nobel Prize’ winner dedicated his professional life to Angkor Wat, Cambodians – The Mainichi

Saving Angkor Wat: Japanese historian honored for work

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via Philippine Star, 03 September 2017: Congratulations to Prof Yoshiaki Ishizawa on being honoured for a Ramon Magsaysay award for his work in the preservation of Angkor.

A Japanese historian who devoted more than half of his life to helping Cambodians save Angkor Wat is one of this year’s Ramon Magsaysay awardees.

Source: Saving Angkor Wat: Japanese historian honored for work | Headlines, News, The Philippine Star |
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Japanese scholar given Ramon Magsaysay Award for “selfless, steadfast service to the Cambodian people”

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The results of this year’s Ramon Magsaysay’s Award, sometimes called the Asian Nobel Prize, are out – a notable recipient of the award this year is Prof. Yoshiaki Ishizawa of Sophia University, who is recognised for his long career in cultural heritage preservation of Angkor. Congratulations, Professor Ishizawa!

  • Ishizawa devoted fifty years of his life to help assure that Angkor Wat survives and remains a living monument for Cambodians.
  • Starting in 1980, Ishizawa worked side by side with Cambodians, networked with international experts and organizations, campaigned in the Japanese media to generate awareness and support, and devised programs for Angkor’s protection and conservation.
  • Ishizawa has been relentless in building local expertise and commitment to Angkor’s preservation. He quietly but adamantly insists, “The protection and restoration of the sites of Cambodia should be carried out by the Cambodians, for the Cambodians.”
  • In electing Yoshiaki Ishizawa to receive the 2017 Ramon Magsaysay Award, the board of trustees recognizes “his selfless, steadfast service to the Cambodian people, his inspiring leadership in empowering Cambodians to be proud stewards of their heritage, and his wisdom in reminding us all that cultural monuments like the Angkor Wat are shared treasures whose preservation is thus, also our shared global responsibility.”

Source: Ishizawa, Yoshiaki • The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation • Honoring greatness of spirit and transformative leadership in Asia

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New Cambodian museum to open

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12 June 2007 (France 24) – A new museum opens in November, near the Angkor complex, showcasing some 274 Buddha-heads once thought lost.

New Cambodian museum to show lost Buddhas

The Japanese-led research team found the statues in 2001 some six kilometres (four miles) from Angkor Wat, the former capital of the powerful Khmer empire and emblem of Cambodian identity.

The statues will go on display in November in the new two-storey Preah Norodom Sihanouk Museum, named after Cambodia’s former king, team leader Yoshiaki Ishizawa said.

“By exhibiting the Buddhist statues, I hope the museum will be able to complement what is lacking in Angkor Wat and that is to offer idols dating from ancient times,” said Ishizawa, who is also president of Tokyo’s Sophia University.

The statues, crafted between the 11th and 13th centuries and some as tall as 1.2 metres, were buried underground after the apparent destruction of a temple.

Looking back at the team’s moment of excavation, Ishizawa said: “Our Cambodian members were getting a bit emotional, with their hands trembling with excitement.”

Read more about the new Preah Norodom Sihanouk Museum.

Books about Angkor and the statuary of Angkor:
Narrative Sculpture and Literary Traditions in South and Southeast Asia (Studies in Asian Art and Archaeology) by J. Fontein and M. J. Klokke (Eds)
Khmer Mythology: Secrets Of Angkor Wat by V. Roveda
Angkor (New Horizons) by B. Dagens
Apsarases at Angkor Wat, in Indian context by K. M. Srivastava
Khmer sculpture and the Angkor civilization by M. Giteau