Japan World Heritage Photos, First Time in U.S.

TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 21, 2009) – Stunning photographs of  Japan’s World Heritage sites by acclaimed photographer Kazuyoshi Miyoshi will be on display at the University of South Florida Feb. 9 through 19 with an unveiling ceremony Feb 6 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the USF College of Business. The Consul General of Japan located in Miami will attend in addition to the CEO of Konica Minolta Danka Imaging, who donated funds to ship the panels to USF. 


USF’s department of International Affairs and College of Business are showcasing the photo panels through the auspices of the Japan Foundation.  This is the first time the 30 (of 61) panels will be displayed in the United States after travelling to nations in Asia and Europe.  The photographs show the diversity and beauty of Japan’s World Heritage sites which include cultural, historic and natural heritage locations.


“The exhibit serves two very important purposes,” said María de los Angeles Crummett, dean of International Affairs. “The photos celebrate the wondrous beauty of Japan’s natural and cultural heritage, and at the same time remind us of how important it is to protect similarly important heritage sites throughout the world for everyone in the world to enjoy and appreciate.”


USF is currently home to a Japanese Coordinator Mitsuo Ogishima, part of the Japan Outreach Initiative, a program of the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and The Laurasian Institution.  He will be working at USF for the next two years to promote Japanese Language and Culture at USF and to the community at large.


Even though Japan is one of the U.S.’s major trading partners, most people don’t know very much about Japan,” said Crummett. “We hope to help change that by letting the USF and the Tampa Bay communities know more about the many contributions Japan is making and has made to the world in so many different ways.”


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted the international treaty known as the World Heritage Convention in 1972 which calls for the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. It has been ratified by 145 States to date.  UNESCO's World Heritage List numbers 878 properties of outstanding universal value, including 679 cultural, 174 natural and 25 mixed properties.


The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference


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