Kyoto/ Preservation of the Imperial Scenes


Arashiyama, Kyoto © 2010, Vanesso


Gone are the days when the government who proactively showed support by sponsoring various programs concerning preservation and did the preservation and restoration of the history. Particularly in the imperial past, the philanthropy was recognized by the prefectural government. In 1883, such a behavior was backed by Iwakura when he resided in Kyoto. While he was visiting Arashiyama of western side of Kyoto, he already founded a personal society for the preservation of the scenes. On top of this, in order to sustain the prestigious beauty of Arashiyama Mountain, he said that the Bakufu painted plants of maple and cherry trees every year. Yet due to the restoring behaviour, the above acts were neglected and the scenes of the area were destroyed. Fortunately, donors including Iwakura, Inoue and others gave a thousand dollars for the society starting investment and persuaded the patriots of Kyoto to restore the once-existed scenes. This could happen solely because of the imperial line, rather than inborn or pedigree worth. And the belief upheld was only restricted to the extent to foster the imperial line dignity. Never was the public awareness or concern raised for the tilted representation of the history or for the nature preservation. Until rules were clearly delineated regarding the founding of public parks and the sorting of three categories of parkland for the city’s eminent sites, the preservation of rest of the well-known within the city was relatively more suitably done.



Bullard, S.C. (2003) Celebrating Kyoto, 1895: Regional and National Identity in the 1,100th Anniversary, the Heian Shrine and Industrial Exposition. Australia: Australian National University