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The World Heritage in Japan
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Language(s): Eng

Summary/Historical Context

A DVD produced in order to enhance the knowledge of the eleven properties in Japan currently included in the World Heritage List.

These properties are:

Natural Heritage

- Shirakami-Sanchi (Shirakami Mountains): possesses the world's largest primeval beech-tree forest, virtually unaffected by human contact

- Yakushima: possesses Japanese cedar trees over a thousand years old

Cultural Heritage

- Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Area: the oldest wooden structures in the world

- Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto: the shrines and temples that have been places of worship in the ancient capital of Kyoto, which has a history of over 1,200 years

- Himeji-jo (Himeji Castle): a beautiful castle admired as the "white egret castle"

- The Historic Villages, Shirakawa-go and Gokayama: the Gassho-style Farmhouses constructed in conformity with the natural conditions of the region - which is subject to deep accumulations of heavy snow

- Itsukushima Shinto Shrine: a shrine that extends out over the ocean and is beautifully integrated with the form of the mountains behind it

- Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome or Atomic Bomb Dome): conveys the horror of nuclear war to people today

- Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara: the magnificent shrines and temples, Mount Kasuga's primeval forests and the historic ruins of the Heijyo-kyo ancient capital in Nara, which was the capital of Japan before Kyoto and has a 1,300-year history

- Shrines and Temples of Nikko: the Shrines and Temples in Nikko, a sacred site for those who religiously worshiped mountains, with a history of approximately 1,200 years

- Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu: the group of historic sites that show the characteristics of the unique Ryukyu culture that developed from the latter 14th century, when the Ryukyus began moving toward a unified state, to the late 18th century after the establishment of the Kingdom of Ryukyu

The DVD also contains 2 minutes-long documentaries about each site

Place/country:Japan,
Credits: Tokyo Broadcasting System Inc. (publisher), UNESCO WHC (producer),
Published in: 2008

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