Celebrating the 1300th Anniversary of the Hitachinokuni Regional Cartograph

The imperial decree to compile the Hitachinokuni Regional Cartograph (henceforth: Fudoki) was issued in 713 CE, making 2013 the 1300 anniversary of its release. A Fudoki is a detailed description of the land, culture, population, climate, and other elements that make up a specific area at a certain point in time, essentially making it a snapshot of that region in that era. This is your chance to learn about what Ibaraki was like 1300 years ago, back before the trains and plum trees and samurai ever existed.

Prefectural Events:

1. Hitachinokuni Fudoki 1300th Anniversary Forum and Festa

Period: November, 2013

Location: Prefectural Resident Cultural Center (Kenmin Bunka Center)

Description: Introduction to the world of the Hitachinokuni Fudoki, including videos, music, and a recitation of the document; talk show with the Ibaraki Ambassador to introduce the highlights of current Ibaraki

 

2. Ibaraki Prefectural Museum of History Gallery Exhibit

Period: August to December, 2013

Location: Ibaraki Prefectural Museum of History

Description: Display of the Fudoki manuscript, etc.

 

3. Ibaraki Fudoki Newspaper Competition

There will be a call for newspaper-style versions of the imperial decree for the compilation of the Fudoki, and prizes for the best efforts.

 

4. Development of Cuisine Related to the Fudoki

There will be development of recipes using produce from the Fudoki era, perhaps leading to new product lines at convenience stores.

 

Related Events Within the Prefecture:

 

Tsuchiura:

Path of the Ancients, The Tokaido Station Route Through Hitachinokuni

Period: March 16th to May 6th, 2013

Location: Kami-Takatsu Kaizuka Furusato Rekishi no Hiroba

Description: Exhibition – An introduction of materials related to the imperial roads which were laid in the latter half of the 7th century CE, overview of the records of wayhouses seen in the Hitachinokuni Fudoki, etc.

Commemorative Seminar ‘The Old Imperial Roads of Hitachinokuni’

Special Exhibit Seminar ‘Taking a closer look at the old imperial roads’

 

Joyo Geibun Center:

Joyo Historical Center Special Exhibit ‘The World of the Hitachinokuni Fudoki’

Period: April 2nd to May 19th, 2013

Location: Joyo Shiryokan

Description: An exhibition of illustrations and diagrams giving an overview and idea of the highlight entries in the Hitachinokuni Fudoki; exhibits of artifacts from related historical sites on the theme of ‘Clothing, food, and housing in the Hitachinokuni Fudoki’, as well as mannequin and panel exhibits

 

Takahagi:

An Event Commemorating the 1300th Anniversary of the Compilation of the Hitachinokuni Fudoki – ‘Discovering the wonders of Japan, a journey through our ancestral homeland!’

Period: May 3rd and 4th, 2013

Location: Takahagi Cultural Center, Takahagi Eisei Tsushin Kinen Koen

Description: Booths, outdoor stage performances, workshops, concerts, etc.

 

Namegata:

The Eternal World of the 1300 Year Fudoki Symposium

Period: 1) October 6th, 2) July to November, 3) August 31st and September 1st, 2013

Location: 1) Hotel Okura Frontier Tsukuba, 2) around Namegata and Itako, 3) within Namegata and Itako

Description: 1) Regional Interaction Symposium for the 5 Fudoki, 2) mobile panel exhibit, 3) tour (with mini-seminar)

 

Creating and Learning as a Family

Period: 1) May 11th, 2) June 8th, 3) July 13th

Location: within Namegata

Description: 1) Let’s play with Mikot! (making magatama jewels), 2) Let’s make an ancient meal with Mikot! (recreating a historic meal and making it together), 3) Let’s walk through the world of the Fudoki with Mikot! (investigating areas related to the Fudoki)

 

Naka:

Special Exhibition Event, ‘Shidorinosato and Surrounds’

Period: October 26th to December 8th, 2013

Location: Naka Rekishi Minzoku Shiryokan, Multi-purpose hall

Description: Exhibition of related documents, and events (seminars, traditional weaving try-outs, walks around Shidorinosato)

 

Tsukuba:

Hirazawa Kangai Iseki Shiryo Plaza 10th Anniversary Commemorative Exhibition/Seminar, ‘The Hirazawa Kangai Relics and Ancient Tsukuba’

Period: Fall, 2013

Location: City Hall, Cultural Artifact Management Center, etc

Description: In order to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Hirazawa Kangai Iseki Shiryo Plaza, which is a restoration of the relic of the Hitachinokuni Tsukuba City Hall from the Nara-Heian eras, there will be artifact exhibits and seminars.

 

Kasumigaura:

Special Exhibit ‘The Hitachinokuni Fudoki and Ibaraki Prefecture’, commemorative seminars and tours

Period: August to November, 2013

Location: Kasumigaura Kyodo Shiryokan

Description: The various industries described in the Hitachinokuni Fudoki, such as rice planting, fishing, forging, and weaving, continue to be practiced today. This exhibit will use archaeological and historical documents as well as modern day produce and manufacturing products to display the wonderful aspects that represent Ibaraki Prefecture. We will also talk about the quintessential attractions that led to Hitachinokuni (modern-day Ibaraki) being praised as the ‘land of eternity’. As part of the tour we will be visiting places related to the Fudoki, such as Tsukuba, Shida, Namegata, and Nakagun, eating local produce, and enjoying the attractions of Ibaraki Prefecture.

 

Kashima:

Dokidoki Center Exhibition/Mini-museum exhibition, historical seminar ‘Kashima Shingun and Expansion into Tohoku’

Period: July and August, September and October, 2013

Location: Dokidoki Center, Mini-museum, Kinro Cultural Center, Regional Machizukuri Center

Description: Exhibitions of photos of estimated modern day areas related to the place names written in the Hitachinokuni Fudoki, historical seminars on the theme of the era of the Hitachinokuni Fudoki, etc.

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