June 29, 2007

World Heritage List in Japan

It is no surprise that a country like Japan, most of the historical artifacts are well preserved and maintained. The latest entry of World Heritage List for Japan is the Iwami Silver Mine located in Oda , Shimane Prefecture. The remains of the Iwami silver mine are located in Oda It will be the 14th site in Japan to be put on the World Heritage List. The Shiretoko area in Hokkaido was registered in 2005.

As a cultural heritage site, the Iwami silver mine is the 11th on the list from Japan. The site involves the ruins of a silver mine dug between the 16th and 20th centuries, and covers 442.5 hectares. About one third of silver circulating in the world in the early 17th century was reportedly from Japan. At that time, most of Japan-dug silver was from the Iwami mine.

Japanese officials recommended the site for the World Heritage List saying that the ruins form a cultural site in harmony with nature.

According to info from UNESCO

What makes the concept of World Heritage exceptional is its universal application. World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO in 1972.

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