Hiroshima A-Bomb Dome lighting event stirs controversy

Feb 2, 2017

Hiroshima A-Bomb Dome lighting event stirs controversy

A daily illumination event involving trees around the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima has raised questions over whether it is appropriate to promote tourism in the area that was destroyed by the U.S. weapon in the closing days of World War II. The tourism event ...

Japan to ask UNESCO to list remote islands, Christian sites

Jan 19, 2017

Japan to ask UNESCO to list remote islands, Christian sites

The government said Thursday it will submit a proposal to add a number of islands and several places linked to the history of Japan's persecuted Christians to UNESCO's list of natural and cultural World Heritage sites. The natural sites are Kagoshima Prefecture's Amami-Oshima Island and ...

UNESCO heritage list adds 33 Japanese festivals as single entry

Dec 1, 2016

UNESCO heritage list adds 33 Japanese festivals as single entry

Thirty-three traditional festivals from across Japan have been added to UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list, the international body said. The festivals, most of which date back to the Edo Period (1603-1868), are held in 18 prefectures and feature parades involving floats made with traditional woodwork ...

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 preparing ...

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 Islands ...