Japanese Ancient Tumulus Clusters to Be Added as World Heritage

Society Culture

Tokyo, May 14 (Jiji Press)--An international panel has recommended the registration of the Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun ancient tumulus clusters in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Cultural Affairs Agency said Tuesday.

Based on the recommendation by the International Council on Monuments and Sites, or ICOMOS, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee is expected to decide the registration at a meeting in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku in June-July. ICOMOS is an advisory panel to UNESCO.

The tumulus clusters would be the 19th Japanese cultural property on the World Heritage list, following the inscription last year of a set of hidden Christian sites in Kumamoto and Nagasaki prefectures, southwestern Japan. The addition would increase the total number of World Heritage sites in Japan to 23, including natural properties.

Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun comprises a total of 49 kofun tumuli built between the late fourth century and the late fifth century--23 in the Mozu area in the city of Sakai and 26 in the Furuichi area straddling the cities of Habikino and Fujiidera.

Among the Mozu area tumuli is the grave mound for Emperor Nintoku. With the length of 486 meters, it is the largest keyhole-shaped tumulus in Japan.

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