Photographer's Note

You may say it's a very typical Japanese cityscape. Yes, you are right. Kyoto is one of major cities in Japan with its one and half million populations. There also are headquarters of major companies such as Kyocera and Nintendo. It is not just an old city of temples and wooden houses on narrow streets.

Some main streets had been widened in the early half of 20th century. As the modern city planning by the city administration, some streets were widened from year 1906 to 1940's. And tram-lines were constructed on widened streets. After that, in 1940's, some streets were widened as fire belts for preparations for the bombing.

Karasuma Avenue in this picture also is one of the streets that were widened for the city planning. It was constructed as the main road from Kyoto Station to the Kyoto Imperial Palace, for the coronation ceremony of emperor.

There are few traditional buildings along Karasuma Avenue. It's pity to say --but it's true-- that the Japanese traditional buildings are nonusable as a corporate headquarter building nor a department store.
Except the pagodas and castles, there was not a tradition of high-rise buildings in Japan. It means that there are no traditional architectural styles to build high-rises.

So Kyoto is still struggling to create a new architectural tradition even today. From this year, Kyoto city council enacts a new design code. It bans buildings more than 31 meters high, and bans flashing neon ads and rooftop billboards, and limits the styles and colours of all buildings. This 1213 years old city (the same age as Frankfurt am Main) still be growing and changing.

see also my theme:
" on the streets of Kyoto"

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