Kagoshima Prefecture Official Website : Culture of Kagoshima

Update : March 1, 2016

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Culture of Kagoshima

By taking advantage of its favourable location at the southern tip of Japan, Kagoshima has historically been involved with various exchanges with overseas countries in the Pacific Rim. Presently, there are approximately 2,500 officially designated cultural properties throughout the prefecture that are related to Kagoshima’s long cherished traditions and history.
Kagoshima has been promoting the introduction of its traditions and history at the Kagoshima Museum of Culture Reimeikan, the Uenohara Jomon-no-Mori and other cultural facilities, thus contributing to the preservation and utilization of these assets.
In May 1997, the remains of a 9,500 year-old settlement were unearthed at Uenohara in Kirishima City, Kagoshima Prefecture. The site includes pit-dwellings, pebble clusters (considered to be a primitive cooking hearth where stones were gathered and heated to roast meat and other food), and double pits, which is most likely where meat was smoked. In June 1998, clay pots, necklaces, and other similar archaeological discoveries made in Kagoshima dating back approx. 7,500 years ago, have been designated as national important cultural properties.
The Uenohara Site was recognized as a National Historical Monument in January 1999 in recognition of its status as the largest and oldest type of permanent settlement remains in Japan, as well as being an example of the earliest permanent settlement of the Jomon period that gives us a glimpse of how villages in southern Kyushu would have appeared.
October 2002 marked the opening of the Uenohara Jomon-no-Mori. This research facility, along with its learning centre and exhibitions, aim to preserve and utilise the Uenohara Ruins as one of Japan 's historical and cultural asset, at the same time, providing an opportunity for citizens to enjoy and learn about the Jomon world.
In Uenohara Jomon-no-Mori, important cultural property such as the preserved relics and the unearthed articles of the Uenohara archaeological site, as well as the major relics located within Kagoshima Prefecture are introduced in the exhibition hall. In the lush green park teeming with life, visitors can enjoy hands-on activities such as building a fire, Jomon cooking, and crafting earthenware to experience various aspects of the ancient Jomon lifestyle.