Aug 13, 2016

Japan to recommend two sites as UNESCO biosphere reserves

The Japanese National Commission for UNESCO on Friday decided to recommend an area covering three mountains in Kyushu and a site in Gunma and Niigata prefectures for designation as biosphere reserves by the U.N. organization. The commission will submit recommendation documents to UNESCO in ...

Visitors welcome Tokyo museum's UNESCO World Heritage listing

Jul 18, 2016

Visitors welcome Tokyo museum's UNESCO World Heritage listing

Visitors to a Tokyo art museum designed by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier have welcomed UNESCO’s decision to add it to the World Heritage list, with many lining up before its 9:30 a.m. opening. Ai Masuda, a 19-year-old college sophomore who came from Yokohama together ...

Tokyo's Le Corbusier building makes UNESCO heritage list

Jul 17, 2016

Tokyo's Le Corbusier building makes UNESCO heritage list

An art museum in Tokyo and 16 other buildings designed by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier are to be added to the World Heritage list, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee announced Sunday. The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization committee recognized buildings in seven countries, ...

Mount Fuji trails in Shizuoka Prefecture open for season

Jul 10, 2016

Mount Fuji trails in Shizuoka Prefecture open for season

This year’s climbing season began on three trails for Mount Fuji in Shizuoka Prefecture on Sunday, following a similar season opening on a trail in neighboring Yamanashi Prefecture nine days earlier. The 3,776-meter-high volcano, which straddles the two prefectures, is the nation’s highest peak ...

World Heritage pilgrimage trails in Kii mountains to be expanded

Jun 11, 2016

World Heritage pilgrimage trails in Kii mountains to be expanded

UNESCO said Friday it has decided to propose approving Japan’s request to expand the World Heritage area of religious sites and pilgrimage trails in the Kii mountains straddling central and western Japan. The expansion will formally be endorsed by the U.N. Educational, Scientific and ...

Jun 2, 2016

UNESCO memory register status sought for 'comfort women' materials

An organization of citizens groups from countries including Japan, China and South Korea has filed for the addition of 2,744 documents and other materials related to “comfort women” to be listed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register. Shin Hei-soo, a professor at South ...

Tomioka Silk Mill tours using smart glasses to look back in time

Apr 28, 2016

Tomioka Silk Mill tours using smart glasses to look back in time

The Tomioka Silk Mill, a UNESCO World Heritage site, rolled out a new tour this month featuring smart glasses technology. Visitors to the Gunma Prefecture landmark can wear the devices at seven locations, including the cocoon warehouses and silk-reeling plant, for a computer-enhanced view ...