Saturday, July 22, 2006

Hiraizumi - Another Step Closer

The Japanese love World Heritage sites and go out of their way to visit them overseas and in Japan. There are already twelve of them in Japan and another one may be added in a couple of years. Hiraizumi has been working hard to get its famous temples and historic sites listed for some time.

[The Konjikido golden hall at Chusonji Temple]
The Japan Times]

The Japan Times reports today that, "The government is expected to approve the recommendation (to have Hiraizumi made a World Heritage Site) at a meeting of representatives from ministries and agencies in September and file an application in January with the World Heritage Center of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization."

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Blogger Wetlands Tom said...

How could I live, uh, lots of years without hearing about World Heritage Sites! Thanks for posting this information. I see I have catching up to do.

There is an interesting contrast between sites in Japan vs. the USA. Most of Japan's sites are man-made, temples and monuments. Where the ones in the USA are mainly natural sites like National Parks. Interesting.

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