What is inheritance of Japan?

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What is inheritance of Japan?

 Agency for Cultural Affairs works on inheritance of Japan for the purpose of local activation from 2015. Agency for Cultural Affairs invites public participation once a year through each metropolis and districts, sightseeing promotion disseminate information, and Japan inheritance screening committee where specialists in management act as committee member examines and is authorized. We can hope that it is a chance to send secret inheritance that Japan should be proud of for the world.

 As for the world heritage which the UNESCO registers as, first by reporting treasure of the human in history that is protection; is intended, but Japan inheritance focuses on utilization. Landmark architecture, food culture, traditional arts……Story that came from historic process and local manners and customs is in culture only in the area. Inheritance of Japan packages related cultural assets based on the story characteristics entirely, and it is aim to make use for town development.

 The Kikuchi River basin was authorized the Kuma, Hitoyoshi district in Kumamoto in 2017 in 2015 that was the first year.


Inheritance of the Kuma, Hitoyoshi district of Japan

 Inheritance of the Kikuchi River basin of Japan


Culture of maintenance and enterprise that Sagara 700 years produced

Red-light district - Kuma, Hitoyoshi ... which is the richest in ... Japan

Hitoyoshi-shi, Nishiki-machi, Asagiri-cho, Taragi-machi, Yunomae-machi, Mizukami-mura, Sagara-mura, Itsuki-mura, Yamae-mura, Kuma-mura

Torii of Shirokami Shrine


Asagiri-cho "white hair Shinto shrine" (photograph: 濵denkikoshi)

Patron saint company of Uemura Sagara descending from Aoi Aso-jinja Shrine.

In Kuma, Hitoyoshi, we can see a lot of Buddhist temple and Shinto shrines left for a long time.


■Summary of story

 Feudal lord Sagara of Kuma, Hitoyoshi made use of geographical advantage among steep Kyushu Yamaji and refused invasion of foreign enemy and performed the rule for a long time called rare "Sagara 700 years" in Japanese history. Mind of town development that the people were united was formed of feudal lord in that and believed in shrines and temples and Buddha statue group, noh dance together and enjoyed, and culture to protect was brought up. We took in foreign culture with enterprise hard at the same time, and original food culture and game, transportation network were fixed. There is not area that proof of culture sublimated by maintenance and enterprise, both mind centers, and exists elsewhere and is area that can see reduced drawing of Japanese culture in now, and Ryotaro Shiba writes down this ground with "red-light district that is the richest in Japan".


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 Many culture that protected by hand, and was inherited of the people from this.


The U.S. making of, memory of the earth for 2,000 years

... Kikuchi River basin "now and the bygone days "paddy-rice" story" ...

Yamaga-shi, Tamana-shi, Kikuchi-shi, Nagomi-machi

Chandelier made of ceiling advertisement image and brass of Yachiyo-za


Ceiling advertisement image of Yamaga-shi "Yachiyo-za"

(photograph: the Kikuchi River basin Japan inheritance meeting)

32 pieces of sketches which existed were restored for the cause.

We indicate prosperity that rich grain belt brought at the time.


■Summary of story

 Memory of the earth by the U.S. making of for 2,000 years remains in the Kikuchi River basin.

 Land adjustment inherited in level ground from the ancient times, Ide (irrigation canal) and Tanada who enabled the U.S. making of in highlands in valley and reclamation that brought about the cultivated land very large by the sea. We still keep figure, and expanse of use of land by ancient people who supported the U.S. making of can see all compactly. Intangible culture called more lively festival and rich food breathes, and the Kikuchi River basin is reduced drawing of the making of Japanese rice culture from the ancient times to the present age and is rare place that can meet entertainment, food culture that the making of cultural scenery and rice brought.


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 Search model course and sightseeing information from this.


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  Inheritance to spread through all over Japan of Japan. Event about inheritance that each local government performs of Japan, constitution cultural property, souvenir or gourmet information from this.


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