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Hanging on to History

Posted by
GJC (Kyoto, Japan) on 28 January 2013 in Cityscape & Urban.

Kyoto is famed throughout the world for its beauty and for its history. In truth, that history -- particularly in the downtown area -- is destroyed at a frightening pace. Old wooden townhouses throughout the city are regularly bulldozed, often making way for small narrow parking lots that on average can fit only four or five cars. This seems like a bad trade to me: a beautiful old home for five cars. In this photo we see a resident still hanging on despite the encroaching parking spaces and the big modern structures.

This week I will show a few shots of houses and traditional structures trying to survive amidst their modern urban setting.

NIKON D300 1/160 second F/3.2 ISO 400 52 mm (35mm equiv.)

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

This is an excellent shot and a worthy series. I look forward to more.

28 Jan 2013 6:12am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I echo Bettina's thoughts here . . a commendable series, I feel.

28 Jan 2013 7:01am

Tracy from Charlotte, United States

I third the series idea! (even though I know you've explored this subject several times in the past!) These "Hanging on to History" images would make a great portfolio collection!

28 Jan 2013 12:24pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Excellent find! So much of this going on. Everywhere! Sad to see. Can't wait to see more.

28 Jan 2013 1:32pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

...more photos! (Oops).

28 Jan 2013 1:34pm

Mireille T. from Ribérac, France

This is a very interesting photo! I think your idea for a series is great! Thank you for sharing!

28 Jan 2013 5:16pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

How about trading five cars for an old house...solve the parking problem. Surprised the code allows windows next to an adjacent structure, that would be a blank firewall in the states. best…jf

28 Jan 2013 6:20pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

It seems sadly out of place amidst all of this modern architecture. I hope you show us more GJC! ;-)

28 Jan 2013 7:49pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Incredible, and waht a series of stories I am sure this will be....I believe I share your opinion wholeheartedly sir!!

28 Jan 2013 8:31pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

That is real determination which I applaud.

31 Jan 2013 4:08am

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

That little building looks so sad.

31 Jan 2013 12:27pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

How sad for the owners of the home ... and how dangerously close the new building on the right is. I cannot imagine what it must have been like during the construction of either of the highrises. ;(

3 Feb 2013 6:05am

NIKON D300
1/160 second
F/3.2
ISO 400
52 mm (35mm equiv.)