The meaning of watching the snow shape of rabbit on the mountainside of Azuma-kofuji (Just a snow, but it means something)

Akasaka, Makoto (2008) The meaning of watching the snow shape of rabbit on the mountainside of Azuma-kofuji (Just a snow, but it means something). In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

There is a mountain named Azuma-kofuji (1,705m) with remained snow shape in Fukushima, Japan. The shape of the remained snow seems like a rabbit, which shows “Snow rabbit” at the time of snow melting yearly. In the region people used to have said, when the rabbit appeared on the mountainside of Azuma-kofuji, it’s a signal for sowing on the fields and the time of the hatching work of silkworms. Because of change to industrialization of filature works the traditional manufacture and the provincial custom vanished in the 1930s. But after the World War II the local newspaper took up the Snow rabbit and began to campaign for the reassessment of local culture and custom of the habitants. It was a steppingstone of reminiscence of the Snow rabbit. What is meaning today the viewing of the remained snow? We see and enjoy now the sign of spring like ancient people did so.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Akasaka, MakotoUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: mountains; setting; snow; intangible heritage; spirit of place; visual impact
Subjects: H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 19. Natural sites
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 02. Oral traditions and expressions (including language)
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Azuma-kofuji, Japan
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2010 08:37
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:11
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