About the reorganization of the IPHV

Sep. 1, 2015


Thank you for visiting our website and sharing your valuable comments. This is a notice in regards to the reorganization of the IPHV. The IPHV, which has been an organization for collaborative research between Kyoto University of Art & Design and Tohoku University of Art & Design, has been re-organized as an independent institution belonging to Kyoto University of Art and Design as of September 1st, 2015 to further meet the needs of our visitors.

We look forward to your continued support in the future.


Best Regards,

Koji Ihara

Director of Institute of Philosophy and Human Values




Jun. 1, 2014

Sophia Salon Activities

IPHV held the exhibition of Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Power Plants at Uryukan from 1st April to 31st May, 2014.

We need a radical change in mindset to create new civilization for eliminating nuclear technology and promoting world peace.

Through this exhibition, we tried to discuss “Why human beings developed nuclear technology?” “What is humanity?” “What should we do right now for the next generation?”


































Permanent Exhibition “1945-1998” by ISAO HASHIMOTO(2013/11/19~2016/06/12)

Nov. 19, 2013

Sophia Salon Activities

The permanent exhibition of  “1945-1998” by Isao Hashimoto.

Monday – Friday, 10:00~17:00, Uryukan 1st floor








This exhibition is only held at the office of CTBTO  in Vienna and at Kyoto University of Art and Design. 

Through this exhibition, you can  imagine how much the earth was exposed to atomic-bomb radiation.

(The exhibition finished in 2016)


About “1945-1998” ©2003

“2053” – This is the number of nuclear explosions conducted in various parts of the globe.*

“This piece of work is a bird’s eye view of the history by scaling down a month length of time into one second.  No letter is used for equal messaging to all viewers without language barrier.  The blinking light, sound and the numbers on the world map show when, where and how many experiments each country have conducted.  I created this work for the means of an interface to the people who are yet to know of the extremely grave, but present problem of the world.”

* The number excludes the announced nuclear tests by North Korea.

Profile of the artist: ISAO HASHIMOTO

Born in Kumamoto prefecture, Japan in 1959.

Worked for 17 years in financial industry as a foreign exchange dealer. Studied at Department of Arts, Policy and Management of Musashino Art University, Tokyo.

Currently working for Lalique Museum, Hakone, Japan as a curator.

Created artwork series expressing, in the artist’s view, “the fear and the folly of nuclear weapons”:

  1. “1945-1998” © 2003
  2. “Overkilled”
  3. “The Names of Experiments”

For Youth Who Seek Art

Sep. 20, 2013

ART peace – “a national commitment to the arts”

Shochoku Tokuyama, the board of chairman of Kyoto University of Art and Design & Tohoku University of Art and Design, talked to students who seek art. He asked students to think about ‘what is art?’, ‘what is youth?’, and ‘why you learn art?’ deeply.

(4th.April.2012, “JIKISHINKAN”, Kyoto University of Art and Design)

First Session of the Conference for Peace and Human Values

Jun. 26, 2013

Conference for Peace

IPHV held the first Session of the Conference for Peace and Human Values on 17th.May.2013. After the keynote speech by the chairman, Professor Kenichi Matsumoto, We actively discussed about the theme of the first session, “Whether human beings can live with nuclear energy”.
The following things are the concept of proposal for IPHV Conference for Peace and Human Values.



Concept of Proposal for IPHV Conference for Peace and Human Values
-For the people’s livelihood to be peaceful and be a rich sense of humanity-

1. Creation of the next generation free of nuclear power plant and nuclear weapon.
2. Break away from a confused world, mass consumer society based on Nuclear Energy.
3. “The spaceship earth” based on sustention of robust ecosystem.
4. Development of human society by “CONSCIENCE/Ryoshin”, the common spiritual culture.
5. Proposal to create global civilization based on peace and safety.

Publish the website of Institute of Philosophy and Human Values.

Jun. 26, 2013


We will continue to inform the activities of Philosophy and Human Values ​​on the site.
We look forward to your continued cooperation in the future.


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