Namahage in second bid for UNESCO list

Jan 3, 2016

Namahage in second bid for UNESCO list

Another effort is underway to pad UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list with a tradition in which people dressed as god-like demons visit homes near the end of the year to bring good fortune. The effort is led by the northeastern city of Oga, Akita ...

Vienna's horses, North Korean kimchi-making get UNESCO nod

Dec 3, 2015

Vienna's horses, North Korean kimchi-making get UNESCO nod

The elegant horsemanship of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna and the time-honored North Korean art of making spicy kimchi were on Wednesday added to the U.N. cultural agency’s list of jewels that enrich the world’s intangible cultural heritage. UNESCO said the practices and ...

Nov 24, 2015

North Korea wins back its pride in 'kimchi war' with South

North Korea scored a major victory in the kimchi wars Monday when the U.N. all but elevated its pickled vegetables to the same lofty status as its southern capitalist neighbor’s spicy cabbage. Pyongyang suffered a blow to its prestige two years ago when South ...

Nov 9, 2015

U.S. to retain leadership role at UNESCO

The United States has succeeded in its bid to remain on UNESCO’s executive board, the only way to wield American power at the world’s cultural and scientific agency now that the U.S. government is no longer funding it. The victory follows a U.S. diplomatic ...