About Living History Project
The Living History Project brings Japanese history to life through special experiences and events staged at some of the country's most historic and culturally important sites. Highlights include re-enactments of traditional ceremonies and parades, special exhibitions, and engaging, hands-on activities.
Try on period costumes at UNESCO-designated Himeji Castle; learn about Nijo-jo Castle and the Tokugawa shoguns in Kyoto; or explore Japan's prehistory at the site of an ancient settlement in Tokamachi, Niigata.
The experiences and events draw on historical records and are designed to provide an enjoyable and authentic introduction to Japanese history. They offer an insight into the lifestyles and customs of the people of centuries past and breathe new life into Japan's vast array of heritage destinations.
The Living History Project (Living Historical Experience Program) adopted in fiscal 2019
|Prefecture||Subsidized Organization||Subsidized Project||Essential Cultural Properties|
|Niigata||Tokamachi City||Introduction to Jomon Culture and Cuisine||Deep-bowl type earthenware excavated from the Sasayama site in Niigata Prefecture (Flame-style pottery)|
|Hyogo||Himeji City||Castle Life and Period Costumes at Himeji Castle||Himeji Castle Hiroshima|
|Kyoto||Former Naval Base City Japan Heritage Promotion Council||Discover Japan's Naval History at Maizuru Red Brick Park||Former Official Residence of Commander-in-Chief of the Kure Naval Station
Former chinju-fu warehouse in Maizuru
|Kyoto||Living History in Kyoto Nijo-jo Castle Council||History Brought to Life at Nijo-jo Castle in Kyoto||Nijo-jo Castle|
|Ishikawa||Ishikawa Prefecture||Culture and the Arts in Ishikawa||Kenrokuen Garden
Seihaku-sai Festival hikiyama float parade
Oku-noto no Aenokoto
|Ishikawa||Kanazawa City||Experience Edo-Period Life at Yuwaku Edo Village in Kanazawa||Former residential house of Matsushita family|
|Ishikawa||Kaga City||Experience Seafaring Culture in Kaga City||Kaga Hashitate area (important preservation districts with groups of historic buildings)|
|Iwate||Yahaba Town||Uncover the History of a Ninth-Century Castle Town in Yahaba, Iwate||Tokutan Castle site|
|Wakayama||Wakayama City Historical Experience Program Promotion Council||The History and People of Wakayama Castle||Wakayama Castle|
|Nara||Asuka Village||Visit an Ancient Stone Tomb in Nara||Ishibutai tumulus|
|Fukui||Ichijōdani Asakura Clan Ruins Promotion Council||Samurai Life in Ichijodani, Fukui||Ichijōdani Asakura Clan Ruins|