Japan Heritage is not just about explaining the value of cultural properties, historical events, customs, and traditions that have been passed down over generations and have deep roots in local regions; it's about introducing them from a variety of perspectives in the form of stories. Each story is told in an effort to be interesting and easily understandable to all, even those without previous knowledge.
Explore Japan Heritage Sites Through Videos
Through these videos about Japan Heritage Sites, you'll be able to learn about local regions, find places you want to visit, and engage in stories that stimulate your emotions.
Inami Wood Carvings (Toyama Prefecture)
The town of Inami was built up around the magnificent wood carvings created through the chisels of temple and shrine carpenters. Inami Wood Carvings are deeply rooted in the lifestyle of the region, and the skills and artistry of the sculptors are well known throughout the country. Today, they are considered the guardians of wood carving culture in Japan.
The Aizu 33 Kannon (Fukushima Prefecture)
Aizu was the first place where Buddhist culture took root in the Tohoku region. Even today, many Buddist statues and temples from the beginning of the Heian period to the Middle Ages and early modern times can still be found there, and the remnants of that time-honored and serene faith remain steadfast in the area.
The Murakami Marine Force (Hiroshima Prefecture, Ehime Prefecture)
Rather than attacking and looting, they protected. The Murakami Kaizoku, sometimes called pirates, protected the well-being of the ships that passed through the region. They also practiced a faith that was passed down from their ancestors and a peaceful lifestyle, and they had a refined culture that rivaled even the feudal lords of the time. More than anything else, they safeguarded the beautiful seascape of the Seto Inland Sea.
Iga and Koka (Shiga Prefecture, Mie Prefecture)
The term "ninja" is widely known all over the world, but few people know their true form. Iga and Koka are known as the birthplace of the ninja, and they have come to be regarded as representative of the ninja as a whole. The people of this region came together as a group that governed their own land and maintained peace through mutual cooperation. The rich religious culture and diverse lifestyles of the area, in turn, gave birth to and nurtured the traditions of what came to be known as the Iga and Koka ninja.
Mitokusan Sanbutsuji Temple (Tottori Prefecture)
Mt. Mitokusan has historically been a place for mountain asceticism, and its steep terrain and unique landscape is interwoven into the architecture of the temple, which is endowed with a unique design and structure representing the syncretism of Shinto and Buddhism. The austere and unforgiving nature of the temple exudes a sense of awe, and it has been preserved for over 1,300 years.