Many examples of significant architecture appeared in Kyoto as the city re-emerged from a period of decline following transfer of the national capital from Kyoto to Tokyo at the beginning of the Meiji Period (1868 – 1912). Kyoto subsequently took a leading role in the fields of education and advanced technology, culture and tourism. Fortunately, many ‘modernist’ structures, both Western-style and modern Japanese, remain to this day and give Kyoto an important position in the representation of Japan’s modernization. With rich experience in the preservation of historically important architecture, Kyoto is a living architecture museum displaying many types of ancient and pre-modern traditional Japanese architecture side by side with modern and contemporary buildings.
This first large-scale architecture exhibition at the Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art offers visitors the opportunity to become familiar with Kyoto through the city’s architecture. A variety of materials, including rare original drawings, models, furniture, photographs, and films conveying the spirit of this particular time of history will be on display.