Pamphlet for Global COE Program for Education, Research and Development of Strategy on Disaster Mitigation of Cultural Heritage and Historic Cities. Available for download


47th Kyoto History Disaster Seminar (December 12, 2012)

Nara University Faculty of Letters Professor Masatomo UMITSU gave a presentation entitled "The flood damage of Hoi An, ancient city in central Vietnam, and its surrounding area." Hoi An is an ancient city that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999, and it is located right next to the entrance of the Thu Bon River, which means that the entire surrounding area is prone to flooding. Having drawn up landform classification maps, and on the results of his interviews with the local residents, the speaker presented a flood risk map, and spoke about several areas that are particularly exposed to flood damage. The speaker made many interesting points, one of which was the fact that Hoi An's old town has been given its special character by the flooding of the Thu Bon River, whose level is said to be gradually rising.