"Hanamachi as Historic Environment and Town Development"


last update: 20151224

Hanamachi as Historic Environment and Town Development

When saving the Hanamachi well known for the geisha as historical environment, what kind of problem does it have? Preservation of historical environment had the dilemma of confrontation of preservation and development. However, it became common sense that preservation of a historical environment has an economic effect(e.g. sightseeing). Therefore, it becomes an important problem whether the historical environment has value or not. "Negative historical inheritance" happens an argument between those who desire preservation, and those who want to forget. As well as these, when a Hanamachi also carries out town development, what is saved is argued. Because, (1) the Hanamachi has the custom of "turn away first-timers", local residents and its exchange are thin. (2) the Hanamachi is the precious space where tradition culture was left behind, and is simultaneously regarded also as the space of the customs which are not desirable. The thinness of exchange of residents promotes both these images, residents are arguing, not knowing the Hanamachi well. Town development of Kamihichiken area chose the method of not discussing ambivalence of Hanamachi, in order to avoid the argument. I propose arguing about which portion of Hanamachi residents leave posterity, or which portion it does not leave posterity.

Keywords: Historical environment, Negative historical heritage, Hanamachi, Town development, Ambivalence

REV: 20151224
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