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Beautiful Photo Panels Available for Loan


The Japan Foundation, New York is proud to offer the World Heritage photo panels to cultural and educational institutions throughout the U.S., to introduce the breadth of these great cultural heritage sites in Japan. Our focus is to bring Japanese arts and culture to areas with little previous exposure to Japan. This exhibition set consists of 67 spectacular photos of world heritage sites in Japan.


For details and availability of these photo panels please send inquiries to: info@jfny.org



About the World Heritage and Japan


Mankind has built great civilizations, a plenitude of unique cultures, and in the wake of four million years of natural history we find ourselves today immersed in a cultural and natural heritage with no apparent bounds or limits. But the doings of men have often interfered with nature, sometimes even causing its ruin. It is our charge today to preserve the great heritage of nature, as well as the cultures of mankind.


The World Heritage Convention is a document adopted in 1972 by a general session of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) in Paris. Its aims are to preserve for future generations cultural and natural legacies of world with conspicuous and universal value.


Japan and 184 other countries had signed the convention by July 2008. By signing, these countries pledged to the world that they would preserve the legacies within their lands for future generations, and that they accepted the obligation and responsibility to cooperate with other countries in protecting common World Heritage legacies of mankind. As of July 2008, there were 878 World Heritage sites in 137 nations.


The World Heritage site of Japan that were registered in 1993 for the first time included the "Shirakami-Sanchi Mountain Range", "Yaku-shima Island", "Himeji-jo Castle" and the "Buddihist monuments of the Horyu-ji Temple Area".


In the following years and through the end of 1999, "Genbaku Dome", "Itsukushima-jinja Shrine", the "Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara", the "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto City, Uji City and Otsu City)", the "Gassho-zukuri Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama" and the "Shrines and Temples of Nikko" were added to the list.  At the end of 2000, "Gusuku site and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu" that include Shuri-jo Castle among others were added to the list.  In 2004, "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range and the Cultural Landscapes that Surroud Them" were added to the list.  In July 2005, "Shiretoko" was added to the list of Natural Property. " Iwami- Ginzan Silver Mine" was added to the list of Cultural Property in July 2008.


In June 2011, Ogasawara Islands was added to the list of National Property and Hiraizumi - Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land was added to the list of Cultural Property.

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