UNESCO lists visits by Korean envoys to Japan
NHK -- Oct 31
UNESCO has decided to add historic records of visits by Korean envoys to Japan between the 17th and 19th centuries to its Memory of the World Register.

UNESCO announced the decision on its website on Monday.

Envoys representing the Korean Dynasty visited Japan 12 times during the Edo period to deliver letters from the monarchy.

Such visits mostly coincided with changes in the leadership of the Tokugawa shogunate that ruled Japan.

The Korean envoys first arrived in Tsushima Island in western Japan. Members of the Tsushima clan then guided the delegates to Edo, present-day Tokyo.

The size of the delegations varied for each trip. One was comprised of around 500 people. It included Confucian scholars, doctors and painters.

Experts say the Korean envoys helped revive exchanges between the 2 countries that were halted during the late 16th century, when Japanese warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi invaded Korea.

歴史的に価値の高い文書などを登録するユネスコの「世界の記憶」に、日本から「上野三碑」と「朝鮮通信使に関する記録」の2つが登録されました。 上野三碑は群馬県にある飛鳥・奈良時代の石碑群で、当時の東アジアにおける文化交流の実像を示す重要な歴史資料とされます。
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