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Mt. Fuji World Heritage Centre, Shizuoka

04-16-2018

Mt. Fuji World Heritage Centre, Shizuoka

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Mt. Fuji was listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, called “Fujisan: Sacred Place and Source of Artistic Inspiration,” in 2013. The Mt. Fuji World Heritage Centre, Shizuoka opened on December 23, 2017, in the city of Fujinomiya in Shizuoka Prefecture with the aim of preserving the story of this world cultural heritage for posterity. The centre is located near the Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha shrine, which worships the sacred mountain and is one of the constituent parts of the world cultural heritage site. The novel design, reminiscent of the inverted image of Mt. Fuji reflected in the water, is the work of the world-famous architect Shigeru Ban. Recently I visited the centre, which has been extremely popular since its opening as a place where you can have fun learning about Mt. Fuji, and here I introduce some of its attractions, especially the permanent exhibition.

 

The first floor of the Mt. Fuji World Heritage Centre, Shizuoka consists of the Mt. Fuji Library, which stocks books and reference materials relating to Mt. Fuji and can be used free of charge, and the Café and Museum Shop. On the spacious wall, a map of the Mt. Fuji vicinity shows the location of constituent parts of the world cultural heritage site. Detailed information is available on touch screens in multiple languages. (Basically, information in the centre is displayed in five languages: Japanese, English, Korean, and traditional and simplified Chinese.) There is also a replica of the certificate of Mt. Fuji’s inscription as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.

The permanent exhibition inside the inverted, conical exhibition building is divided into six themes. Below I introduce the characteristics of each section and how to enjoy them.

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