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The dekayama float ritual of the Seihaku Festival is held in Nanao, Ishikawa Prefecture, in May 2019.
Feb 16, 2024
UNESCO-listed float festival to be skipped in wake of Noto quake
The ritual in Nanao, Ishikawa Prefecture, is believed to date back to 1473.
A participant writes during a New Year calligraphy contest in Tokyo on Jan. 5, 2023.
Dec 19, 2023
Japan to propose nation's calligraphy for UNESCO heritage list
In response to a Cultural Affairs Council recommendation, the government will submit a proposal to the U.N. body by next March.
Seiso Yamada, a former reporter for the Chugoku Shimbun newspaper, talks about what it was like at the time he photographed the mushroom cloud.
JAPAN / History
Nov 28, 2023
Japan to recommend A-bomb photo archive for UNESCO heritage list
The collection of 1,532 photos and two videos were taken between Aug. 6, 1945, when the bomb was dropped, and the end of that year.
A Palestinian woman embroiders at the Surif Women’s Cooperative, in the West Bank city of Surif. Several Palestinian organizations are working to revive the culture’s traditional embroidery, which is on UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, and to preserve old thobes that tell Palestinian history.
WORLD / Society
Sep 11, 2023
The threads of identity in a Palestinian craft
The Palestinian government and cultural organization work to revive traditional embroidery and the clothing that tells Palestinian history.
Tokyo's Meiji Jingu Gaien area, which includes two historic sports venues and an iconic tree-lined avenue in one of the city's greenest neighborhoods
Sep 8, 2023
UNESCO body calls for halt to Tokyo redevelopment over tree loss
The International Council on Monuments and Sites says that the planned felling of around 3,000 trees would put Tokyo's garden city park system at threat.
Paper cranes made by Sadako Sasaki, a victim of the August 1945 U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima, on display at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in May.
Aug 30, 2023
UNESCO listing sought for A-bombed girl's paper cranes
Other items for which the application was made include Sadako Sasaki's handwritten notes on her blood test results and her photos.
A Ukrainian soldier stands guard next to Odesa's famous statue of the city's founder, Duke de Richelieu, in March 2022.
Aug 3, 2023
Russia should be expelled from UNESCO
UNESCO has condemned Russia’s attacks across Ukraine. It should go further, expelling Russia for as long as the Kremlin continues its criminal behavior.
A wooden door of a Todaiji temple building in Nara Prefecture after it was vandalized with an image of what looks like a cat on Thursday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 4, 2023
World Heritage temple in Nara vandalized with cat-like image
Someone is believed to have used their finger to form the image on a wooden door of the building annexed to the temple's Nigatsu-do hall.
Japan Times
Jul 2, 2023
Momentum building for cranes' inclusion on UNESCO list
Relatives of Sadako Sasaki are preparing to submit the items to a UNESCO documentary heritage program for registry in 2025 to mark 80 years since the end of World War II.
Japan Times
Feb 17, 2023
Paper cranes by A-bomb victim Sadako Sasaki eyed for UNESCO heritage list
Yuji Sasaki, a 52-year-old nephew of Sadako Sasaki, said he hopes to apply next year to have the cranes included on UNESCO"s Memory of the World Register.
Japan Times
Jan 23, 2023
Kyoto's Kinkakuji to raise admission fees for the first time in 30 years
The temple, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, will raise the admission fee for adults and high school students to ¥500 from ¥400 on April 1.
Japan Times
Jan 20, 2023
Japan resubmits Sado mine for World Heritage status amid South Korea protest
Japan resubmitted a gold and silver mine complex on Sado Island for the UNESCO World Heritage list after amending flaws indicated by the organization from a previous application.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 19, 2023
Japan planning for G7 leaders to visit UNESCO shrine during Hiroshima summit
The plan emerged as the government of Kishida, who represents a constituency in the city of Hiroshima, aims to raise the international profile of other tourist spots in the prefecture.
Japan Times
Dec 9, 2022
Archaeologists unearth largest wooden 'haniwa' statue ever found in Japan
The remains of a 3.5-meter-tall wooden haniwa statue were found Thursday at one of the ancient kofun burial mounds making up the Mozu-Furuichi Kofun Group, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Habikino, in Osaka Prefecture.
Japan Times
Nov 30, 2022
Japanese folk dances approved as UNESCO intangible heritage
The dances have been passed down through the generations and are performed by communities to commemorate their ancestors, pray for good harvests or rain, or seek protection from disasters.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Nov 29, 2022
Great Barrier Reef 'in danger' due to climate change, U.N. panel says
Canberra has lobbied for years to keep the reef off the endangered list as that could lead to losing its heritage status, taking some shine off its appeal for tourists.
Japan Times
Nov 20, 2022
Climate change 'main threat' for World Heritage Sites
For 50 years, UNESCO has compiled a list of World Heritage Sites, significant places that are deemed worthy of protection. Now, some are under threat from climate change.
Japan Times
Nov 1, 2022
Japanese folk performing arts set for UNESCO listing
A total of 41 folk performing arts in 24 prefectures, including bon odori summer festival dances and nenbutsu odori dances with incantations, were recommended.
Japan Times
Oct 31, 2022
Fire drill conducted on third anniversary of Shuri Castle blaze in Okinawa
A ceremony for the start of the castle's reconstruction will be held Thursday, with the work scheduled to end in 2026.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Jul 31, 2022
The centuries-old mines stirring South Korea-Japan tensions
Some of the gold and silver mines of Sado are believed to have started operating as early as the 12th century and produced until after World War II.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves