Meiji industrial sites endorsed for World Heritage listing

May 5, 2015

Meiji industrial sites endorsed for World Heritage listing

A UNESCO advisory panel has recommended granting World Heritage status to Japan’s “Sites of the Meiji Industrial Revolution.” The endorsement covers all 23 facilities in eight prefectures proposed by the government as representing the country’s industrialization in the late 19th to early 20th centuries, ...

Apr 20, 2015

World heritage candidate for 2017 to be known by July

A government panel said Monday it will pick a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site candidate to promote for 2017 by the end of July. The panel has four candidates, including Jomon archaeological sites in Hokkaido, northern Tohoku and other regions, and the Sado complex ...

Apr 8, 2015

Machine oil sprayed in Nijo Castle, Nara shrine

An oily substance was found splattered at Nijo Castle, a World Heritage site in Kyoto, and at a shrine in Nara Prefecture. Officials who manage Nijo Castle, built in 1603 as the Kyoto residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, said they found oil stains at some ...

Italy plates up Neapolitan pizza for UNESCO listing

Mar 27, 2015

Italy plates up Neapolitan pizza for UNESCO listing

Italy has chosen Neapolitan pizza as its candidate for protection under UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list, Italian media reported late Thursday. The Italian National Commission for UNESCO decided to recognize “the art of Neapolitan pizza makers” in tribute to their culinary skills. The list ...

Japan's burial mounds drawing new breed of tourist

Feb 3, 2015

Japan's burial mounds drawing new breed of tourist

by Asako Takaguchi

A new genre of tourism is emerging: amateur archaeologists who enjoy viewing ancient burial mounds. A mini music and dance festival at one such tumulus recently drew around 19,000 people. “Come Come Hanicotto” was held in a 9-hectare park built around the Imashirozuka Kofun ...

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 ...

Asia's old communities vanishing amid rapid growth

Aug 28, 2014

Asia's old communities vanishing amid rapid growth

by Denis D. Gray

Century-old shop houses, twisting alleyways and temples scented with incense still pulsate with the old trades and time-honored rituals of families who have lived in Bangkok’s Chinatown for generations. But probably not for much longer. Jackhammers and cranes are closing in on one of ...

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.