Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Japan considering Mt. Fuji and Kamakura as cultural heritage candidates

TOKYO, July 26 (AP) - (Kyodo)—The Japanese government is considering recommending UNESCO approve Mt. Fuji and Kanagawa Prefecture's Kamakura as World Heritage cultural sites, officials said Tuesday. A special team of the Council for Cultural Affairs will soon start its screening to decide whether to recommend the two sites as cultural heritages to the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, they said.

The draft recommendation for Mt. Fuji describes it as a beautiful mountain symbolizing Japan and its culture. Japan once attempted to have Mt. Fuji approved as a World Heritage natural site. Given a serious garbage problem on the mountain, however, the government gave up recommending Mt. Fuji as a natural heritage in 2003.

Kamakura, which was Japan's capital between the late 12th and early 14th centuries, features such famed assets as the Great Buddha statue, Tsuruoka Hachimangu Shrine and Enkaku Temple. The government also plans to consider 10 other sites as cultural heritages in the future, including a silk mill in Tomioka, Gunma Prefecture.


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