2011/02/01

Ready for a World Heritage Site?

Kyoto prefectural gorvernment announced on Jan.27th that it would start surveying and research aiming at the designation of its tea culture as a World Heritage Site. The properties proposed for a World Heritage Site are expected to include tea wholesale district area and tea plantations, centering on Uji where is a historical tea region and known as a heart of Japanese tea culture.

As a first step, Kyoto will try to put its candidate site on the Tentative List made by the Japanese government.

There are some World Heritage Sites related to agriculture such as Saint-Émilion's in France, and Archaeological Landscape of the First Coffee Plantations in the South-East of Cuba.

Can Japanese historical tea region be a World Heritage Site?

tea plantation at wazuka town

We will see!