This is an extraction from the Japan times- May 23, 2009.
, traditional textile craft is one of the 13 candidates submitted to UN.
13 intangible assets pitched for UNESCO list(Kyodo News)
The Cultural Affairs Agency is pitching 13 of the nation's designated intangible cultural assets for listing on UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list, hopefully in September 2010, agency officials said.
Compared with UNESCO's screenings for its World Heritage list, registrations for intangible cultural assets are relatively easy, the officials said, adding that the 13 items will be probably be added at a UNESCO conference on intangible assets in September 2010.
The proposed items include festivals, folk songs and dances with centuries of tradition, as well as long-established paper and wooden crafts.
Among the list is Hiroshima Prefecture's "Mibu no Hanataue," a traditional way to plant rice in which women in large straw hats plant rice singing songs accompanied by drums and whistles. It is intended to pray for good harvest.
Other entries include Akita Prefecture's "Namahage" ritual widely observed on the Oga Peninsula. In the ritual, men in demonlike masks and costumes scare kids and tell them to behave well.
Japan's well-known intangible cultural assets, such as kabuki theater and "gagaku" classical music, are already on the UNESCO list.
Japan submits Yuki Tsumugi as intangible cultural assets to U.N.
Yuki Tsumugi, one of the 13 intangible cultural assets submitted for recognition by UNESCO. The Agency for Cultural Affairs announced Wednesday that it will be submitting a traditional craft Yuki Tsumugi, as one of 13 candidates for U.N. cultural heritage recognition.
The 13 are to be submitted as potential entries to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
, run by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Candidates are to be submitted by August this year, and a UNESCO panel will vote on them in September next year.
The agency has chosen a selection of important intangible cultural assets, intangible folklore cultural assets, and traditional crafts from various regions. These include the Okinawan traditional Kumi Odori dance, and Hiroshima Prefecture's Mibu no Hanataue, an event held to pray for large harvests.
UNESCO included three traditional Japanese cultural assets -- Noh, Kabuki and Bunraku puppet theater -- in its initial listing of 90 such assets from around the world last November.
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Original article (Mainichi Japan) May 21, 2009
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