“Japan Heritage” is a certification system started by the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2015 to recognize tangible and intangible cultural properties that exist in various parts of Japan together with the historical story of the area.
According to the Agency for Cultural Affairs, “Japan Heritage” is defined as “a story that tells the culture and traditions of Japan through the historical charm and characteristics of the region.” The certificate is aiming for revitalize the region by treating attractive tangible and intangible cultural properties scattered in the region as “faces”, comprehensively developing and utilizing them, and strategically disseminating them both domestically and internationally. As of 2020, more than 100 Japanese heritage sites have been certified throughout Japan.
Shiodadaira is a name that refers to the basin area that extends to the southwest of Ueda City, and is an area where many cultural properties such as shrines and temples built from the Kamakura period to the Muromachi period remain. It was certified as a Japanese heritage site on June 19, 2020 as ” Along the ray lines – The Sanctuary of the Sun and the Earth ~ A town that lives with dragons – Shinshu Ueda, Shiodadaira~”. This is the first time in Nagano Prefecture that a “regional type” certification has been completed in which the story is completed within a single municipality.
The story of Shiodadaira is a summary of the lives of the people of Shiodahira who have accepted the climate with low rainfall and have been closely related to the dragon god (the god who controls rain and water) living in the mountains around us. Various “forms of prayer” found in many shrines and temples distributed along the ray line (the line of light that the sun creates on the ground at sunrise on the morning of the summer solstice) passing through Shima Shrine and Bessho Onsen, and in the rain-making festival.
In response to this certification, Ueda City established the “Ueda City Japan Heritage Promotion Council” on September 10. On September 28, ISI Nagano Campus was decided to participate in this council for the first time as a vocational school.
In the future, students from Nagano Campus will participate as project members and will contribute to regional development by taking advantage of their global perspective, such as utilizing cultural properties and promoting tourism. Please look forward to the future success of Nagano Campus in this project.
Agency for Cultural Affairs: “About “Japan Heritage “”
Japan Heritage Portal Site