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


Historical Disaster Seminar (November 9, 2012)

Kyoto University Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies Assistant Professor Yuzuru KATO presented a discussion topic under the theme of "Understanding the history of earthquakes in Kyoto using the stone lanterns of the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine," after which the participants all contributed their own views in a lively debate. The Kitano Tenmangu Shrine has some partially damaged stone lanterns on which Assistant Professor Kato conducted studies based on the idea that such damage may have been caused by the Bunsei Kyoto Earthquake of 1830. Much data from the studies was offered for consideration, including findings on the distinctive features of the damage in the stone, and the dates that have been carved into the lanterns. Kyoto has not suffered any large-scale earthquakes in recent years but it was agreed that the stone lanterns of the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine have much to tell us of the distinctive features of the earthquakes that hit the city in the Bunsei era.