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10th Anniversary Exhibition: Development of Kumano Kodo Center

 The Mie Prefecture Kumano Kodo Center was established in 2007 in Owase City, Mie, following the registration of the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. It functions as a base for the Kumano Kodo Iseji routes that pass through Mie Prefecture. To commemorate the tenth anniversary of its opening, which falls on February 10, 2017, the Center will hold an exhibition which shows its development over the last ten years.
 Since its opening, the Center has built relationships with local residents through projects such as exhibitions on the Kumano Kodo Iseji route and the nature, history and culture of the surrounding area, as well as interactive workshops and lectures. In December 2015, the cumulative total number of visitors to the Center reached 1 million.
 The tenth anniversary exhibition will revisit the projects and exhibitions the Center has organized, using panel displays, photos and videos for the Center to show its gratitude to visitors and to look back on and present an overview of its activities over the last ten years.
 The Center has positioned this exhibition as an opportunity for visitors to learn about its activities as it strives to become a facility that will continue serving many people for years to come.
 There will also be a free panel discussion and lecture during the exhibition period. All are welcome to visit the Center to take part in these events.
①Panel discussion“Kumano Kodo:
   A regional treasure to be passed on to younger generations”

 The panelists who had walked the Kumano Kodo routes before their registration as a World Heritage Site and are currently working as storytellers and expert guides will discuss the future of Kumano Kodo.
When: 13:30 to 15:00, Sunday, January 8, 2017

②Lecture “Deities and hotoke of Kumano Kodo”
 The rich nature of the Kii mountain range gave birth to animism, which was later transformed into pantheism through its encounter with Buddhism. In this lecture, a history of Japanese religion will be explained under the theme “Deities and hotoke of Kumano Kodo,” using Nachi Mountain—one of the three Kumano mountains—as an example.
When: 13:30 to 15:00, Sunday, February 5, 2017
■ Exhibition period: Saturday, December 17, 2016 to Sunday, February 26, 2017 *Closed on December 31, 2016 and January 1, 2017.
■ Opening hours: 9:00 to 17:00
■ Admission fee: Free
■ Where: Exhibition Room, Mie Prefecture Kumano Kodo Center
      (Address: 12-4 Mukai, Owase City, Mie 519-3625)
■ Organized by: Mie Prefecture Kumano Kodo Center

Contact : Mie Prefecture Kumano Kodo Center
Phone or E-mail +81-597-25-2666
Website http://www.kumanokodocenter.com/