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Welcome! GIFU  =Land of Clear Waters=

                                                                            I will guide you in Gifu.minamo

 

The Charter of Gifu,the Land of Clear Waters

Gifu Prefecture,Our Land of Clear Waters,

boasting the world class beauty of bountiful forests and pristine streams

 

Gifu Prefecture has long been blessed with a rich natural environment, filled with majestic purple hills and clear waters fostering its  unique tradition in arts and culture, which Gifu proudly presents to the whole world. The crystal clear water flows through bountiful forests and rivers throughout the prefecture to sustain life and communities, especially strong in the hearts of our local peopleas “Clear Waters of the Heart, " providing us with a sense of comfort and richness in our minds.

 

Our pristine waters have been the source of the special traditional culture of cormorant fishing " Ukai " with a history of over 1,000 years, as well as manifesting themselves in our local craftsmanship of Hida woodworks, Mino Washi Japanese paper,Seki knives and cutlery, and Tono (East Mino Region) ceramics. All the precious gifts from our clear waters are becoming the seeds to create our new future.

 

We, the people of Gifu Prefecture , appreciate the clear waters for their blessings. We recognize the local treasures of the rich natural environment, history, tradition ,culture and art of craftsmanship born of the clear waters and will pass them on to future generations.

Therefore, we hereby establish the Charter of Gifu, the Land of Clear Waters with the aim to empower Gifu Prefecture to build its future over the next 100 to 200 years and cultivate ties among people, connecting nature with people across generations.

We who live in Gifu, the Land of Clear Waters, pledge to accomplish the following:

 

 Awareness:

We will study and learn about the rich natural environment, history, tradition, culture and art of craftsmanship with which the clear waters have provided us.

Creation:

We will strive to improve and utilize our local treasures in new creations with more appeal.

 

Heritage:

We will endeavor to pass on the blessings of pristine waters to future generations.

                                                                                          January31,2014

Prefectural Committee for the Promotion of Gifu, the Land of Clear Waters

                             

                    Traditional                                                                          Nature                          

<Ukai Traditional Cormorant Fishing(External Site)>                                  <A City of Water(External Site)>

<The Takayama Festival(External Site)                                                 <Gassho Style Houses(External Site)

<Mino Kabuki(External Site)>                                                                 <Beautiful,Old,Giant Usuzumi Cherry Tree(External Site)>

  

                     Industry                               History                               Person

<Mino Washi(External Site)>・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・<Old Battle Field(External Site)>・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・<Sugihara Chiune(External Site)>

<Town of Cutlery(External Site)  >・・・・・・・・・・・・A Young Man and Yoro Falls(External Site)>・・<Sato Issai(External Site)>

 

                                         

           UNESCO     ロンドン              高山陣屋

             <Over seas Business Trip Report(ExternalSite)>          <TAKAYAMAJINYA(ExternalSite)>

                    (26.11.3-26.11.8)