It is a great joy that the “Yama, Hoko, Yatai, float festivals in Japan” has been inscribed on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude and congratulate those who have worked to safeguard and transmit the properties.

 The “Yama, Hoko, Yatai, float festivals in Japan” which is comprised of 33 festivals includes 31 intangible cultural folk properties designated by the Japanese Government. The new inscription will follow the “Yamahoko, the float ceremony of the Kyoto Gion festival” and the “Hitachi Furyumono” already inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List in 2009. I am glad that the addition of the “Yama, Hoko, Yatai, float festivals in Japan” to the List is testament to the rich characteristics of the intangible cultural heritage that exists throughout our nation.

 We hope the inscription will give pride to those involved in safeguarding these properties, and help further promote their safeguarding and transmission. We also hope the active dissemination of this inscription both in Japan and overseas will help advance regional revitalization.

 MEXT will work on promoting the steady transmission of the “Yama, Hoko, Yatai, float festivals in Japan” on to the next generation in the various regions, along with helping to advance measures which lead to regional revitalization.

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