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Translating the Museum: Multicultural Accessibility at the National Museum of Japanese History
November 20, 2015 @ 12:00 pm
Esther Ladkau (PhD, History)
The National Museum of Japanese History (known as Rekihaku), founded in 1983, is the only national history museum in Japan with government sponsorship. Its purpose is to represent the whole of the Japanese archipelago’s history and folk cultures. Since its reconception in 2002, Rekihaku has aimed to improve accessibility for minority and international visitors through a variety of means. This presentation discusses some of the methods in use by Rekihaku that open the galleries up to minority and non-Japanese language speakers along with some of the barriers that remain. Ultimately, translating museum exhibits for multicultural audiences requires much more than translating words on paper.