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Ideas Competition for Strategy on Disaster Mitigation of Cultural Heritage and Historic Cities

Many of the towns and cities in which we live in Japan owe a particular charm to temples, shrines and streets built in ages past, as well as works produced by artists and craftsmen in Japan's modern period. It is important that we protect these cultural assets from any damage that may be wreaked by disasters using all the modern technology at our disposal, and also important that we impress on future generations the importance of doing so.

In an effort to stimulate debate as to how historic towns and cities can be prepared for disaster and at the same time to instil an appreciation for the value of our cultural heritage, Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University holds an annual "Ideas Competition" with the idea of appealing for good ideas and plans to improve the disaster resilience of designated historical sites that will also lead to improvements in our town environments. We ask for submissions of innovative, original and stimulating ideas from across the country, submitting the best to a process of public review by a cross-section of the community to determine the prize-winning entries.

Click here to view more details (Japanese only) on the Ideas Competition.(Open in a New Window)