Nov 30, 2016

Cossack songs and Ugandan dance on UNESCO's heritage list

Ugandan traditional music, which is dying out partly because it requires materials from endangered species, has been placed on UNESCO’s protected “Intangible Cultural Heritage” list, along with Portuguese pottery and Ukrainian Cossack songs. A UNESCO world heritage committee, meeting in Addis Ababa Tuesday, decided ...

Drone crashes into World Heritage-listed Himeji Castle

Nov 17, 2016

Drone crashes into World Heritage-listed Himeji Castle

A drone crashed into World Heritage-listed Himeji Castle on Thursday following a similar incident last year, local government officials said. The small drone hit two parts of the main Daitenshu donjon and fell to the ground at around 12:45 p.m. Two groups of people ...

Nov 14, 2016

China worried over Japan's bid to add remote islands to UNESCO list

China has told Japan through diplomatic channels that it is concerned about Tokyo’s attempt to add remote southwestern islands to UNESCO’s World Heritage list, according to officials with knowledge of the situation. China’s worries stem from its belief that the designation of the Amami-Ryukyu ...

Oct 4, 2016

Amami Islands eyed as 34th national park

The Environment Ministry is planning to designate the Amami Islands between Okinawa and Kyushu as the country’s 34th national park, according to government sources. Ensuring strict conservation by designating the area as a national park is a prerequisite for Japan to recommend that the ...

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, ...