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.
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:
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
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.
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.