Aug 4, 2014

Christian heritage of Japan

by Simon Hull

The government's announcement of its intention to make Christian sites in Nagasaki its official candidate for UNESCO World Heritage status in 2016 spotlights a side of Japanese history that many around the world have little awareness of.

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 23, 2014

Culture minister pays visit to mill

Culture minister Hakubun Shimomura on Monday visited the Tomioka Silk Mill after the historic factory building was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list over the weekend. The minister toured the mill complex, which includes timber-frame brick masonry buildings for cocoon warehouses and silk-reeling ...

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 ...

Inca roads on World Heritage list

Jun 22, 2014

Inca roads on World Heritage list

The U.N. cultural agency UNESCO on Saturday granted its coveted World Heritage status to the vast and ancient Inca road system, which spans six countries in South America. The listing of the Qhapaq Nan roads will boost efforts to preserve and promote the Inca ...

World Heritage status may protect Palestinian village

Jun 22, 2014

World Heritage status may protect Palestinian village

The United Nations cultural agency on Friday listed the Palestinian village of Battir as a World Heritage site in danger, raising hopes among residents that this will protect their community against Israel’s West Bank separation barrier. Battir, located just south of Jerusalem in the ...

Silk mill took Japan to global level

| May 5, 2014

Silk mill took Japan to global level

by Ayako Mie

The historic Tomioka Silk Mill in Gunma Prefecture and its related facilities are expected to become UNESCO World Heritage sites next month. The redbrick factory from the Meiji Era will be the 18th World Heritage property in Japan if UNESCO officially accepts its endorsement ...

Shikoku's temple trail faces long road to UNESCO listing

Mar 27, 2014

Shikoku's temple trail faces long road to UNESCO listing

By failing to align their strategies, the governments of Shikoku’s four prefectures have hampered their efforts to get the island’s ancient Buddhist pilgrimage trail on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The Shikoku Pilgrimage trail, which links 88 temples associated with the monk Kukai, founder ...