Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun

Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun
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The Mozu-Furuichi Kofun Group comprises 49 distinctive, often keyhole-shaped earthen burial mounds.

They were the stage for funerary rituals of kings and can be up to 500m in length. The kofun date from the late 4th and early 5th century.

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Tsunami

Japan / USA / Poland - 15-Jun-17 -

Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun by Tsunami

In 2014 I visited the centerpiece of this nomination, the Daisen Kofun, which is considered to be the grave of Emperor Nintoku and is the single largest grave in the world by area.

It is so large that the best way to view it is perhaps to take off or land at the Kansai (Osaka) International Airport.

The photo shows the Shinto Torii Gate in the middle, behind which lies the widest of the three moats that surround the all important keyhole-shaped grave.

I believe it'll be surprising if this site gets a go at getting on the WH list, simply because, no matter what the nomination dossier says, nobody is certain that the Daisen Kofun is really the grave for the Emperor. This absurdity comes from the fact that the belief that the grave belongs to an Emperor means it is managed by the Imperial Household Agency, an ultra conservative entity that wouldn't allow anyone to visit such a holy site, let alone to dig it, resulting in the uncertainty. (Remember that the Japanese Imperial Family is considered to be the descendants of Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess, in the Japanese mythology.) I was told by a man who managed this property on site that the Ministry of Culture, which takes care of the World Cultural Heritage in Japan, had been unsuccessfully battling it out with the Imperial Household Agency, which takes care of the past and present living deity!

But this nomination is not just about the Daisen Kofun, but about the whole group. Numbers count. 

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Site Info

Full Name
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun, Ancient Tumulus Clusters
Unesco ID
1593
Country
Japan
Inscribed
2019
Type
Cultural
Criteria
3 4
Categories
Secular structure - Burial
Link
By ID

Site History

2019 Inscribed

Locations

The site has 45 locations

Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Aoyama Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Chuai-tenno-ryo Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Dogameyama Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Genemonyama Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Gobyoyama Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Hachizuka Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Hakayama Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Hanzei-tenno-ryo Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Hatazuka Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Hazamiyama Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Higashiumazuka Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Higashiyama Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Ingyo-tenno-ryo Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Itasuke Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Joganjiyama Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Komoyamazuka Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Komuroyama Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Kurizuka Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Magodayuyama Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Maruhoyama Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Minegazuka Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Mukohakayama Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Nabezuka Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Nagatsuka Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Nagayama Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Nakatsuhimeno-mikoto-ryo Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Nakayamazuka Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Nintoku-tenno-ryo Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Nisanzai Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Nishiumazuka Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Nonaka Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Ojin-tenno-ryo Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Osamezuka Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Otorizuka Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Seinei-tenno-ryo Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Shichikannon Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Suketayama Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Tatsusayama Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Terayamaminamiyama Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Tsudoshiroyama Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Tsukamawari Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Yamatotakerunomikoto-hakuchoryo Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Yashimazuka Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Zenemonyama Kofun
Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun: Zenizuka Kofun