Government, paper makers welcome addition of 'washi' to UNESCO list

Nov 27, 2014

Government, paper makers welcome addition of 'washi' to UNESCO list

“Washi,” the traditional handmade paper, was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list on Wednesday in a move that was expected to help Japan boost global awareness of its traditional culture and spur interest among younger generations in keeping artisan skills alive. The registered ...

Conference on education for sustainable development opens in Nagoya

Nov 10, 2014

Conference on education for sustainable development opens in Nagoya

A three-day international conference aimed at promoting education for sustainable development (ESD) opened Monday in Nagoya with government officials and researchers from more than 100 countries attending. In an opening speech to the World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development, co-hosted by the Japanese ...

Nov 2, 2014

Nagoya to host education confab to promote sustainable development

An international conference on education for sustainable development is set to begin in Nagoya on Tuesday. The ministerial-level meeting, organized by UNESCO and the central government, is expected to draw officials from about 80 countries and regions. They will discuss how to promote ESD ...

Japanese hand-made paper up for UNESCO heritage status

Oct 29, 2014

Japanese hand-made paper up for UNESCO heritage status

Traditional Japanese hand-made paper has been short-listed by a UNESCO preliminary review panel for possible inclusion on its Intangible Cultural Heritage list, the Cultural Affairs Agency said Tuesday. Based on the panel’s recommendations, UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee will decide in Paris in late November whether ...

Oct 7, 2014

UNESCO says wreck found off Haiti isn't Santa Maria

A report from the U.N. cultural agency released Monday concludes that a shipwreck found off northern Haiti could not be the Santa Maria, the lost flagship from Christopher Columbus’ first voyage to the Western Hemisphere, as a U.S. explorer had claimed. UNESCO said a ...

Japan moves to recommend Christian sites for World Heritage listing

Sep 17, 2014

Japan moves to recommend Christian sites for World Heritage listing

The country’s oldest surviving church is to be recommended for UNESCO World Cultural Heritage listing along with 12 other Christian sites in Nagasaki and Kumamoto prefectures, under a plan formalized Wednesday by the central government. The Oura Tenshudo Catholic Church, built in Nagasaki in ...

Jul 10, 2014

Japan to recommend Christian sites for World Heritage list

A government panel on Thursday endorsed churches and other Christian sites in Nagasaki and Kumamoto prefectures as candidates for UNESCO World Cultural Heritage listing in 2016. The government will submit a written recommendation for the locations to the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ...

Jun 26, 2014

Old silk mill gains new importance

Gunma Prefecture's Tomioka Silk Mill, which UNESCO has decided to add to the World Cultural Heritage List, symbolizes 19th-century Japan's efforts to become a member of the industrialized world.

Heritage listing puts Tomioka on tourist map

Jun 23, 2014

Heritage listing puts Tomioka on tourist map

The Tomioka Silk Mill, a historic factory in Gunma Prefecture and a cradle of Japan’s industrialization in the 19th century, has been inundated with tourists following its listing Saturday as a World Heritage site. Braving the rain, more than 100 people stood under their ...