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MAFF UPDATE No.762(Published on December 13th, 2013)

Notice on the discussion result over inscription of “Washoku ; traditional dietary cultures of the Japanese” on the “Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (Representative List)” of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

The eighth session of the Intergovernmental Committee of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, was held in Baku (Azerbaijan Republic), discussed the “Washoku; Traditional dietary cultures of the Japanese” on the “Representative List” decided to “inscribe (register)”.

Also, the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries announced his comments on this, as shown below.

  1. The decision to inscribe “Washoku” on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

In the eighth session of the Intergovernmental Committee of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, meeting in Baku (Azerbaijan Republic) from Monday, December 2nd through Saturday, December 7th, 2013, the members examined nominations for inscription  on the “Representative List.” At 6:56pm local time (11:56pm JST), Wednesday, December 4th, the committee decided to inscribe “Washoku; traditional dietary cultures of the Japanese” on the “Representative List.”

2. Comments by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

 

On UNESCO’s decision to inscribe “Washoku” as an Intangible Cultural Heritage

Comments by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

December 5th, 2013

The eighth session of the Intergovernmental Committee of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan Republic, has decided to inscribe “Washoku; traditional dietary cultures of the Japanese,”  on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. I am extremely happy to hear this news.

I hereby express my sincere gratitude to all those people who worked with enthusiasm for many years to safeguard and transmit the tradition of “Washoku” on to future generations in many different regions of Japan, as well as to all those experts who contributed to this nomination.

“Washoku” is our indispensable dietary cultures that developed with a connection to the Japanese essential spirit of “respect for nature.” Now, I definitely hope that the inscription of “Washoku” will encourage and bring pride to all those people who cherish the dietary cultures of their respective regions, and strive to maintain it.

I have been saying that this nomination should motivate Japanese nationals to discover the true worth of Japan’s dietary culture.

The inscription, therefore, is not the goal. I determined to work further to create lasting interest in Washoku and moves to maintain it, and carry it onwards into the future. 

3. For your reference

English webpage of the eighth session of the Intergovernmental Committee of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/index.php?lg=en&pg=00009

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