Agency for Cultural Affairs
November 27, 2014
At the 9th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, the Committee reviewed the inscription of “Washi, craftsmanship of Japanese hand-made paper” (hereinafter referred to as “Washi”) on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (hereinafter referred to as the “Intangible Cultural Heritage List”), which had been proposed by Japan, and reached a decision to approve the inscription at 6:46 p.m., Wednesday, November 26, 2014 (2:46 a.m. November 27, 2014, Japan time). We hereby announce the details of the inscription, along with a statement by Hakubun Shimomura, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
The Committee decided to inscribe “Washi, craftsmanship of Japanese hand-made paper.”
(Reference)Three types of decisions made by the Intergovernmental Committee
Papermaking of Sekishu-Banshi
Papermaking of Hon-minoshi
Papermaking of Hosokawa-shi
Japan presented “Hon-minoshi” to the 6th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee in 2011, which received a referral decision on the grounds of the similarity with “Sekishu Banshi,” which was already inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List. Following this decision, Japan organized the three Japanese important intangible cultural properties (registered under the Preservation Group Certification) (namely, “Sekishu-Banshi,” “Hon-minoshi” and “Hosokawa-shi”) into a group under the title of “Washi” and presented it again as an extension of the already-inscribed “Sekishu-Banshi” to the Committee in March 2013.
|September 2009||“Sekishu-Banshi” was inscribed on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List at the 4th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee held in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates|
|November 2011||“Hon-minoshi” received a referral decision at the 6th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee held in Bali, Indonesia|
|March 2013||Japan proposed “Washi, craftsmanship of Japanese hand-made paper” as an extension of “Sekishu-Banshi.” [Japan’s first proposal for extension; proposal for inscription as a group]|
|October 2014||The Advisory Body made a recommendation for the inscription of “Washi, craftsmanship of Japanese hand-made paper”|
|November 2014||“Washi, craftsmanship of Japanese hand-made paper” was decided to be inscribed on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List at the 9th Session of the 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 (161 countries as of November 1, 2014). The Committee meets once a year and makes final decisions on inscriptions on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List based on the recommendations by the Advisory Body.
＜Members of the Intergovernmental Committee＞ ○ indicates the members of the Advisory Body
|Belgium ○Greece Turkey Bulgaria Hungary ○Latvia Brazil ○Peru Saint Lucia Uruguay Afghanistan India ○Kyrgyzstan Mongolia South Korea Republic of Congo Cote d'Ivoire Ethiopia Namibia ○Nigeria Uganda Algeria Egypt ○Tunisia|
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