Japan recommends Toji Temple's documents for UNESCO Memory of World

The Japanese government said Monday it has recommended the historical materials passed on for generations at Toji Temple, a Buddhist temple in Kyoto, be listed as UNESCO's Memory of the World next year.

The collection of documents, knows as "Toji Hyakugo Monjo" (Toji Temple's 100 boxes of documents), refers to roughly 25,000 documents spanning from the 8th to 18th centuries, according to the website of the Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives, which maintains the archives today.

The collection on temple administration, designated a national treasure in 1997, includes a document hand-written by Ashikaga Yoshimitsu (1358-1408), the third shogun of the Muromachi Shogunate.

Three other recommendations have also been put to the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization from Japan for inclusion in the Memory of the World in 2015.

The Japanese National Commission for UNESCO will narrow the candidates to two because only two per country will be included in the Memory of the World for a given period.

Toji Hyakugo Monjo is likely to be chosen as one of the two because the commission itself was involved in recommending it.

The other three include documents related to the Japanese who were detained in Siberia after World War II, put forward by the municipal government of Maizuru, Kyoto Prefecture; and a collection of wills and letters written by Imperial Japanese Army pilots on suicide missions preserved at the Chiran Peace Museum and put forward by the municipal government of Minamikyushu, Kagoshima Prefecture.