Agency for Cultural Affairs
December 1, 2016

 On December 1 (November 30 local time), it was decided at the 11th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage held in Addis Ababa, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, that “Yama, Hoko, Yatai, float festivals in Japan” nominated by Japan was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

1. Results of review by the Intergovernmental Committee

 A decision was made to inscribe the nominated element “Yama, Hoko, Yatai, float festivals in Japan”

(Reference) 3 selection criteria by the Intergovernmental Committee

  • (1)Inscribe: The element is to be inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List
  • (2)Refer: A decision to refer the nomination file back to the State Party for additional information
  • (3)Decide not to inscribe: The element is deemed unsuitable to be inscribed on
    the Intangible Heritage List

Reference

 -Intergovernmental Committee
The Intergovernmental Committee consists of 24 countries chosen from the State Parties of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. The committee meets annually and makes final decisions on inscriptions to the Intangible Cultural Heritage List based on recommendations by the Evaluation Body.

 <Members of Intergovernmental Committee>
Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Austria, Bulgaria, Colombia, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Lebanon, Mauritius, Mongolia, Palestine, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Senegal, Turkey, Zambia

Attachment

Summary of nomination

Composition list of the “Yama, Hoko, Yatai, float festivals”

Description of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage

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(Office for International Cooperation in Cultural Properties, Traditional Culture Division, Cultural Properties Department, Agency for Cultural Affairs)