This module focuses on the question of why people need, create and use cultural heritage. Various social, political and economic factors will be examined with reference to examples of cultural heritage in Japan. Two characteristics of cultural heritage are stressed in particular: heritage uniting and dividing people. Stressing the close links between cultural heritage, memory and identity, the module aims to reveal how cultural heritage has been used for the making of communities, nations and empires across global and Japanese contexts. Please see Dr Akira Matsuda's page.