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Japan's World Heritage Sites: Unique Culture, Unique Nature

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Japan’s World Heritage Sites: Unique Culture, Unique Nature

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Japan’s World Heritage Sites presents the exquisite temples, shrines, gardens, castles and natural wonders found throughout Japan which have now been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This new edition has more convenient size and includes many newly-designated UNESCO sites including:

Christian Sites in Nagasaki that tell the extraordinary story of Japan’s Christians who continued to practice their faith in secret under penalty of death during Japan’s feudal era
Meiji Industrial Sites which tell of the nation’s rapid modernization during the Meiji period
The Munakata Shrine to seafaring deities on a forbidding island
The Tomioka Silk Mill which became a leader in Japan’s export drive
The National Museum of Western Art, an architectural gem designed by Le Corbusier

Japan expert John Dougill personally traveled to each of these sites to research this book. He tells how his journey led him from the sub-Arctic island of Hokkaido to the sub-tropical islands of the Okinawan archipelago and beyond. Tag along as he describes each place in loving detail and talks about its special historical and cultural features, including:

Mount Fuji, Japan’s tallest and most sacred volcano. Located on Honshu Island near Tokyo, Mt. Fuji is considered the sacred center of Japan.
Himeji Castle, a monument from Japan’s long feudal history. Also known as Egret Castle, because it looks like a bird taking off in flight.
Horu-ji Temple, the world’s oldest surviving wooden structure – a center of Buddhist learning that still serves as a seminary and monastery
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial or Atomic-Bomb Dome – one of the few structures to partially survive the atomic blast in 1945
The Ogasawara Islands, a remote archipelago of over 30 islands including Iwo Jima, that is home to rare wildlife and spectacular scenery.

Readers will learn how Japan became involved with the World Heritage Sites program back in 1993, the importance of these designations, and their popularity in Japan and abroad today. Whether you are planning to travel to Japan or just enjoy learning more about this history of this unique land, Japan’s World Heritage Sites is sure to inspire.
‘From Mt. Fuji to ancient Kyoto to the Peace Memorial at Hiroshima, UNESCO tagged seventeen sites with their highest honor and the 350 color photographs and masterful descriptions will certainly solidify Japan’s standing as a tourist destination.’ – Foreword Magazine

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Dimensions 191 × 254 mm
Author

John Dougill

Author Bio

John Dougill is a professor at Ryukoku University in Kyoto. He has authored fourteen Japanese college textbooks as well as Kyoto: A Cultural Guide, In Search of Japan's Hidden Christians and Zen Gardens and Temples of Kyoto.

ISBN

9784805314753

Book Type

Hardback

Japan’s World Heritage Sites: Unique Culture, Unique Nature

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Visit the most compelling cultural and nature sites in all of Japan–and the world! In “Japan’s World Heritage Sites,” readers are introduced to the temples, gardens, castles and natural wonders for which Japan is so justly renowned–all of those now declared to be Unesco World Heritage Sites. Author John Dougill describes each site in detail, stating why they were singled out by Unesco, the current number and types of sites, the application process, how the sites have been selected, and how difficult it is to be given the special status of a World Heritage Site.

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Dimensions 229 × 305 mm
Author

John Dougill

Author Bio

John Dougill is a professor at Ryukoku University in Kyoto. He has authored fourteen Japanese college textbooks as well as Kyoto: A Cultural Guide and In Search of Japan's Hidden Christians. Find him at greenshinto.com

ISBN

9784805312858

Book Type

Hardback

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