Hiraizumi Becomes Tōhoku’s First UN World Heritage Site

Hiraizumi Becomes Tōhoku’s First UN World Heritage Site
Yomiuri Shimbun: 「平泉」世界文化遺産に登録…東北では初
Mina Mitsui reporting from Paris June 26, 2011

On the 25th, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee designated Hirazumi, Iwate a World Cultural Heritage Site. Five of the six places at the site that Japan nominated were chosen, including Chūsonji Temple and excluding Yanagi no Gosho Museum.

12 places in Japan had been named World Heritage Sites before now, most recently Shimane Prefecture’s “Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape” in 2007, but this is the first in Tōhoku [the region that bore the brunt of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami]. The Bonin Islands (Ogasawara Group) off Tokyo was selected on the 24th, bringing the number to 14 (including natural heritage sites).

Hiraizumi’s Cultural Heritage consists of temples, gardens and the like created by Ōshū Fujiwara clan when it was flourishing in Tōhoku in the 12th century. The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), which advises the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), recommended excluding Yanagi no Gosho, the former home of the Ōshū Fujiwara, because “it does not have a direct relationship with Pure Land Buddhism and does not have something of conspicuously universal value.” UNESCO, following ICOMOS’s recommendation, excluded Yanagi no Gosho Museum and honored the other five sites for their universal value as part of Pure Land Buddhism’s cultural heritage.

Location of Hiraizumi
Map of Hiraizumi




(2011年6月26日00時51分 読売新聞)

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