2018 Japan Heritage Certification Awarding Ceremony Held

Japan Heritage - Stories of Japan’s Culture & Traditions

13 New Locations Designated from Hokkaido to Kyushu

Certificates Awarded by Commissioner for Cultural Affairs

Ai Tominaga Gives Readings of the Selected Stories

TOKYO--()--The Agency for Cultural Affairs held the 2018 Designation Announcement and Certification Awarding Ceremony for Japan Heritage, which recognizes sites of Japanese culture and tradition based on regional legacies and characteristics, at Tokyo Station Hotel (Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo) on May 24. For 2018, 13 new locations have been recognized as Japan Heritage sites. Masao Kusakari gave an opening address via video message at the ceremony, followed by presentation of the certificates to each location’s representative by the Commissioner for Cultural Affairs, Ryohei Miyata, as well as readings of the selected stories by special guest Ai Tominaga.

The Japan Heritage sites are selected by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, based on the examination results of the Japan Heritage Review Committee, a panel of external experts established at the Agency. Currently, a total of 67 sites located in areas from Hokkaido in the North to Kyushu in the South are recognized as Japan Heritage, including the newly designated 13 sites. The Agency’s aim is to designate 100 sites by 2020.

The new stories that have been designated this time along with each representative local authority are as follows.

    Prefecture  

Applicant (This * mark indicates the representative local authority)

  Story Title
1 Hokkaido

* Kamikawa Town, Asahikawa City, Furano City, Aibetsu Town, Kamishihoro Town, Kamifurano Town, Shikaoi Town, Shihoro Town, Shintoku Town, Toma Town, Higashikawa Town, Pippu Town

Kamikawa Ainu in Coexistence with Kamui - Traditional World of the Gods at the Foot of Mt. Daisetsu
2 Yamagata Prefecture

* Yamagata Prefecture (Yamagata City, Sagae City, Tendo City, Obanazawa City, Yamanobe Town, Nakayama Town, Kahoku Town)

Safflower Culture Supported by Yama-dera Temple
3 Tochigi Prefecture Utsnomiya City Discover a Secret Subterranean Labyrinth - Utsunomiya and Oya Stone Culture
4 Tochigi Prefecture

* Nasushiobara City, Yaita City, Otawara City, Nasu Town

The Future Envisioned by Meiji Aristocrats - A Romantic Tale of the Development of Nasunogahara
5 Toyama Prefecture Nanto City Inami Woodcarving Museum Born from the Chisels of Master Carpenters
6 Yamanashi Prefecture

* Yamanashi Prefecture (Yamanashi City, Fuefuki City, Koshu City)

A Landscape Interwoven with Vineyards - Kyoto Area, Yamanashi Prefecture
7

Nagano Prefecture,
Yamanashi Prefecture

Nagano Prefecture (Chino City, Fujimi Town, Hara Village, Suwa City, Okaya City, Shimosuwa Town, Nagawa Town, Kawakami Village), Yamanashi Prefecture (Kofu City, Hokuto City, Nirasaki City, Minami-Alps City, Fuefuki City, Koshu City) Fallen Stars in the Central Highlands and the Jomon World - Journey Back Thousands of Years to Obsidian Mines and the Jomon People
8

Shizuoka Prefecture,
Kanagawa Prefecture

Shizuoka Prefecture (* Mishima City, Kannami Town), Kanagawa Prefecture (Odawara City, Hakone Town)

In Travellers’ Footsteps on Ancient Cobblestone Roads - A Distant Edo Journey Following the Hakone Hachiri Route
9 Wakayama Prefecture Hirogawa Town An Eon of Relief - Heritage of Disaster Prevention Through the Memories of Tsunami and Recovery in Hirogawa
10 Okayama Prefecture

* Okayama City, Kurashiki City, Soja City, Akaiwa City

Okayama, the Birth Place of the Legend of Momotaro - Ancient Kibi Heritage Conveying Tales of Demon Slaying
11 Hiroshima Prefecture Fukuyama City Leading Modern Port Town in Japan Enveloped in the Evening Calm of the Seto Sea - Sepia-coloured Tomonoura Town Steeped in Daily Harbor Life
12 Oita Prefecture

* Bungotakada City, Kunisaki City

Kunisaki - Where a Demon is Regarded a Buddhist Divinity
13   Miyazaki Prefecture  

* Saito City, Miyazaki City, Shintomi Town

  Monuments of Ancient People - Scenic Ancient Burial Mounds on the Plateaus of Tropical Miyazaki

* This mark indicates the representative local authority

What is Japan Heritage?
The Agency’s role is to recognize stories of Japanese culture and tradition based on regional legacies and characteristics as Japan Heritage and to support projects utilizing cultural properties. By publicizing as well as maintaining cultural properties, many people can learn about the charms of each region and it can lead to vitalizing tourism and industry. It can also give a feeling of pride to the people residing there. It is hoped as a result that these Japan Heritage projects will lead to revitalization of the local communities.

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