[ Architectural/Urban Planning and Design ]
Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering - Vol. 15, No. 3, pp.487-494
ISSN: 1346-7581 (Print) 1347-2852 (Online)
Print publication date 30 Sep 2016
Received 06 Oct 2015 Accepted 11 Jul 2016
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3130/jaabe.15.487

Proposition on the Preservation and Utilization of Rural People Interaction Heritage Systems for the Restoration of Depopulated Rural Areas in Japan: A Case Study of Kurokami Shrine Festival

Duhan Kim*, 1
1Researcher, Department of Agriculture, Kyoto University Japan

Correspondence to: *Duhan Kim, Researcher, Department of Agriculture, Kyoto University, Japan Laboratory of Rural Planning / Sustainable Rural Development, Faculty/Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University Yoshida North Campus Kitashirakawa Oiwake-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8502 Japan Tel: +81-75-753-6159 Fax: +81-75-753-6159 E-mail: bayabaya3@hotmail.com


This study aims to clarify the current status of the preservation and utilization of Rural People Interaction Heritage Systems (RPIHS) for the restoration of depopulated rural areas based on a case study of Nigishi District Kurokami Shrine's traditional festival which is located in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. It is highlighted in this study, that the daily activities are linked with RPIHS. It is a remarkable discovery in backing up RPIHS that the organizations supporting the daily activities of the residents and RPIHS are highly linked. In order to effectively utilize and maintain the RPIHS in the future, it is crucial to determine what kind of activities and organizations are connected to the RPIHS to jointly support RPIHS. In order to accomplish this, coordination among the related policies becomes crucial and important.


depopulated rural area, people interaction, heritage system, festival, Japan


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