Creator: Shunsuke Nakayama
Introduction: With the inscription of the Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites on the World Heritage List in 2014 and that of the Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution in July 2015, the number of industrial heritage of Japan inscribed on the World Heritage List totals three –the two just mentioned and Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and Its Cultural Landscape. However, this is not something to be simply rejoiced with. In recent years, it seems that the true meaning of world heritage is becoming lost. One cannot help but think that in reality the wish to conserve nature and culture for mankind is being replaced by the desire to increase places for tourism. One cannot help but wonder what value there may be in conserving a tourist spot that has simply acquired greater value by becoming a “world heritage”when many people do not understand the true value of that place. This having been said, some may then wonder what little value a “world heritage” has, especially in Japan.
Reference: Shunsuke Nakayama, ‘Status quo, issues and measures related to the protection of industrial heritage in Japan’, Big Stuff 2015
|Nakayama, Shunsuke. (2020). Status quo, issues and measures related to the protection of industrial heritage in Japan. Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4087395|