Travelers to Kyoto seek to experience the culture and scenery of ancient Japan. It’s true that Kyoto is home to many historical relics, such as ancient shrines and temples, townscapes and traditional crafts and culture. Tokyo, which became the nation’s capital in 1868, has become a prospering metropolis, enforcing the image of Kyoto as an Imperial capital.
But everywhere in the world, capital cities are at the forefront of modern culture. Imperial Kyoto was established in 794 and reined as the capital of Japan for over 1,000 years. During this millennium, nobles, monks, samurai and other residents of the city each contributed to the creation of new things, ranging from frugal inventions like gardens representing the world using and stone, to luxurious artwork such as the vivid designs of Yuzen silk prints.
But while Kyotoites cherish the superb culture established by their ancestors, they aren’t just about protecting the old – they’re also constantly searching for the new. Internationally known companies such as Omron and Nintendo were founded in Kyoto, and the city has become home to art festivals, international performing arts festivals and photography exhibitions. While its historical locations are undeniably phenomenal, be sure to also enjoy the Kyoto of today, built on the firm foundation of its past.
April 30, 2016