Nara City Board of Education, Nara World Heritage Study Promotion Committee, World Heritage Study Material Production Committee
Nara is filled with wonderful things. We created this book in the heartfelt desire that as many people as possible can learn about all the incredible treasures Nara has to offer.
In 1998, eight sites in Nara (Todai-ji, Kofuku-ji, Kasuga-Taisha, Kasugayama Primeval Forest, Gango-ji, Yakushi-ji, Toshodai-ji and the Nara Palace Site) were registered as World Heritage sites under the title “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara.” The history and culture of Nara is collectively recognised as told through these ancient treasures, and we have to preserve them for future generations as the shared heritage of mankind.
Of course, these eight Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara are only some of the wonders to experience in Nara. There are other cultural treasures, natural scenery and traditional culture that deserve careful preservation, and there must be similar treasures where you live. Such things are due to the hard work and wishes of the people who have supported them to this day. Open your eyes to your own heritage, and to love your home cities and regions as the people of Nara love theirs
This book consists of three parts.
Part 1 Nara is Filled with Wonderful Things
Part 2 Introduction to the Eight Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara
Part 3 Learning About World Heritage
This book is suitable for use in the classroom, as a summer reading assignment, or just as an enjoyable read for weekends and holidays with families.