Kyoto Landscape Policy 2007/ Policy Backfire
The Controversy of Tourism Bloom
As mentioned in Increasing Reputation in Tourism, one of the ultimate goals of landscape preservation is to enhance the city’s attractiveness and develop a tourism-oriented city to boost economy. At the same time, aging and shrinking population were also taken into consideration, lead to the encouragement from the government to migration . In this context, tourism also seems to be an effective catalyst of economy . As the cultural identity of Kyoto being strengthened, more visitors are coming for its good reputation, bringing increased revenue to this historic city . However, we cannot disguise that the consequence is contradicted to the original intention to some extent.
On the one hand, the government planned to create a better environment for citizens. On the other, the preservation invited more tourists to come, interrupting the serene environment they claimed to create, leading a huge question mark to the role of citizens during the preservation action. The citizens have already begun to claim that they are suffering from too many tourists cramming into their living environment and the following inconvenience of daily life .
The designs of buildings, as well as advertisement, are also restricted by the policy in order to create a strong image of a historical city. Buildings with antique facades can be seen everywhere, especially pervading the so-called historical street. Most of those buildings are containing commercial activities nowadays, no matter whether they are original or counterfeit, implying the combination of tradition and modernization. Although the outcome is satisfying in terms of the integrated view after modification, it arose people’s worries of the appearance of more and more superficial scenery sites following the trend blindly .
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