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UNESCO lists 13 more intangible cultural assets from Japan.

TOKYO, Oct. 1 Kyodo

A U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization intergovernmental committee has decided to add 13 more Japanese cultural assets to its Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Japan's Cultural Affairs Agency said Wednesday.

The new additions include a traditional Ainu dance in Hokkaido, northern Japan, performed by the indigenous Ainu people in the area, and ''Gagaku,'' one of Japan's traditional performing arts characterized by long, slow songs and dance-like movements, according to the agency.

The decisions reached at the meeting in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates will bring the total number of registered intangible cultural assets in Japan to 16.

Last year, UNESCO chose Japan's Kabuki plays, ''Ningyo Joruri Bunraku'' puppet theater and ''Nogaku'' drama as intangible cultural assets.
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