The 5th National Ceremony for Mountain Day in Oita 2020 Ceremony abstract
We have been in awe of the mountains since ancient times, and we have been simultaneously grateful of the blessings from the forest and lived side by side with its nature.
The blessing of the mountains have created clear streams which trickled down to the sea as it enriched the farms. It has been deeply involved with the daily lives of the people and it has nurtured a rich soul in the people.
In 2020, the 5th National Ceremony that Celebrates “Mountain Day” will be held in Kokonoe in Oita and the Kuju Mountains in Taketa.
The Kuju Mountains which is the highest mountains in mainland Kyushu is located in the “Aso-Kuju National Park” and its huge grassy plain view has been maintained thanks to the local people’s continued efforts of open burning, grazing, and grass sampling.
Additionally, the “Kuju Bogatsuru and Tadewara-shitsugen (Tadewara Wetlands)” which is registered as one of the Ramsar Wetlands is also spread across this area.
This Prefecture is rich in hot spring resources and it is the best in Japan in terms of the number of hot spring sources, the amount of hot spring water, and geothermal power. The hot springs in Oita is undoubtedly at the heart of the gifts from the mountains in Oita.
We would like to make this ceremony as a way to spread the information of the charm of the mountains, people’s way of life which supports these mountains and the gifts from the mountains. We also want people to feel what it means to be Oita.