Video Review

UNESCO World Heritage Eco Learning Program - Mt. Fuji [Panasonic]ch.04



Click on the image to watch the video. Length: 7 min 01 sec
Children walked through the deep forest at the foot of Mt. Fuji. [0 min 12 sec]

This video features Panasonic's Eco Learning Program, an initiative that teaches children about the environment, held at Mr. Fuji, a newly inscribed UNESCO World Heritage site. Through its partnership with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Panasonic will help children visit World Heritage sites around the world and teach them about the importance of World Heritage and environmental conservation. This time, children visited Mt. Fuji, which was registered as a World Heritage site in June 2013, to learn about its nature.


The recently inscribed World Heritage site - Mt. Fuji and surrounding sites [0 min 36 sec]

Mt. Fuji, which has had a religious and artistic significance for many many years, was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage cultural site in June 2013. The inscribed property includes surrounding shrines, lakes, springs, and many other elements. One of these sites is the Yoshida Lava Tree Mold.


Mt. Fuji was registered as a World Heritage cultural site in June 2013. [0 min 48 sec]


The Yoshida Lava Tree Mold is one of the sites that comprise the inscribed property. [1 min 11 sec]

Children learn about World Heritage sites and Mt. Fuji [1 min 22 sec]

Before exploring the site, the children learned about World Heritage, Mt. Fuji, and its rich nature. They also learned about lava tree molds, which is a cavity that forms when lava surrounds a tree and hardens around it.


The lava from Mt. Fuji sticks to a magnet. Why? [2 min 47 sec]


Children learned about the importance of World Heritage and about Mt. Fuji's nature. [2 min 59 sec]

Off to explore Mt. Fuji's nature [3 min 04 sec]

Although the weather left something to be desired, the children embarked on their journey with great energy. They did a great job of capturing the environment with "Wearable Cameras" that can be worn on their arms and ears, as well as with digital video cameras that are shaped like a magnifying glass.


You don't need to hold the "Wearable Camera;" it can be attached to the body. [3 min 15 sec]


A digital video camera shaped like a magnifying glass. [3 min 40 sec]

Helmets go on, and off they go! [4 min 07 sec]

The children arrived at the Yoshida Lava Tree Mold, and it was time for them to explore the cavity. The 2 cute reporters told us, "In the old days, people purified themselves in here before they climbed Mt. Fuji."


These are our 2 reporters, Canon (left) and Takuto (right). [4 min 14 sec]


Inside the mold there are numerous mysterious formations on the walls and narrow tunnels. [4 min 58 sec]

Children enjoyed the workshop after exploring nature [5 min 16 sec]

After they explored the mold, children got busy creating a unique exploration map by pasting pictures they have just taken and adding their own explanations. They gave interesting feedback such as "It was a cave that was formed from a tree that was burned by lava. Inside it was very narrow, and sometimes it was hard to move around."


The children chose photographs they shot, printed them, and pasted them onto their maps. [5 min 33 sec]


They had such a great time experiencing something new. [6 min 50 sec]

By exploring and discovering Mt. Fuji's nature, the children learned first hand the importance of conserving nature and the World Heritage.