Commerce and conservation: An Asian approach to an enduring landscape, Ohmi-Hachiman, Japan

Nancy Pollock-Ellwand, Mariko Miyamoto, Yoko Kano, Makoto Yokohari

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The historic region of Ohmi-Hachiman, located in central Japan, is an example of a Continuing Landscape in an Asian setting. With a differing perspective on what may constitute authenticity, a planning exercise is now underway looking for a sustainable future for the city and surrounding countryside that is both a popular tourist attraction and a working agricultural area. Ohmi-Hachiman combines two areas ICOMOS has declared as under-represente d - an Asia heritage site and an agricultural landscape. This region is a Japanese case study that shares many planning and policy traditions with the West. It is the product of a long industrialised and developed nation, yet the site is quintessentially Asian with rice paddies and small villages sharing an ethos with the rest of this part of the world. It is an ethos that includes a philosophical and practical approach to this Japanese Continuing Landscape which dramatically diverges from conventional Western practices and challenges the accepted ideas of authenticity. It is an approach worthy of close scrutiny by those overseeing heritage landscapes in the rest of the world who may also be facing the uncomfortable clash of commerce and conservation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-23
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Heritage Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Asian heritage conservation
  • Cultural landscapes
  • Japan
  • Legislation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • History
  • Conservation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Museology


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