The Foundation of Hitoyoshi Kuma Culture
700 Years of the Sagara
- Hitoyoshi Kuma: Japan’s Most Vibrant Hidden Village -
A system was established by the Agency of Cultural Affairs in 2015 to designate special Japan Heritage Stories – stories that illustrate aspects of Japanese culture and tradition by examining the historical appeal and unique characteristics of a selected region. Hitoyoshi Kuma was the first region selected in Kumamoto Prefecture, and is one of 18 regions selected throughout the nation for this distinction. The tangible and Life & Culture of each region are described in these charming heritage stories, which in turn help revitalize the local community.