Himeji Castle to reopen after lengthy renovation

Mar 26, 2015

Himeji Castle to reopen after lengthy renovation

Restoration of the 17th century Himeji Castle wrapped up Thursday after 5½ years of work. The government marked the event with a ceremony, a day before the UNESCO World Heritage site was due to open to the public. Roof tiles were replaced and the ...

Thousands watch 'supertide' at France's famed Mont Saint-Michel

Mar 21, 2015

Thousands watch 'supertide' at France's famed Mont Saint-Michel

A “supertide” has turned France’s famed Mont Saint-Michel into an island and then retreated out of sight, delighting thousands of visitors who came to see the rare phenomenon. The so-called “tide of the century” actually happens every 18 years. Although the tide rushes in ...

Chile contains huge blaze threatening UNESCO city

Mar 16, 2015

Chile contains huge blaze threatening UNESCO city

Firefighters have contained a huge forest blaze that had threatened the picturesque Chilean port city of Valparaiso, officials said Sunday, adding the government plans to charge those responsible for the fire. One person died and thousands were evacuated on Saturday from around the UNESCO ...

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 ...