Geographic study of historic preservation: evolving cultural landscape and development of modern Japan

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Makoto Ikegaya (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Susan Walcott

Abstract: The development of new architectural styles, infrastructure and construction materials in the Meiji period (1868-1912 CE), is tied to the creation of a modern Japanese identity. Despite recent developments toward preserving important historic property in Japan, many lesser known historical and vernacular sites continue to be ignored and have been ruined over time. An academic study of historic preservation is rare in Japan and in geography. The main purpose of this research is to clarify the role of historic preservation and to identify it with the rise of Japanese nationalism, economic development, and construction of the built environment during the pivotal Meiji period. The natural setting and history of Japan was examined and strategic plans for potential improvement in the field of Japanese historic preservation in the future are illustrated using case studies of the preservation projects of the IseJingu, Horyu-ji, the Tomioka Silk Mill, the Tokyo Station, and the Meiji Mura.

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Language: English
Date: 2013
Built Environment, Cultural Landscape, Historic Preservation, Meiji-Japan, National Identity
Architecture $z Japan $x History $y Meiji period, 1868-1912
Architecture $x Conservation and restoration $z Japan
Historic preservation $z Japan

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