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China’s 'Little Kyoto' shut down by government after complaints of Japanese culture invasion

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By Oona McGee, SoraNews24

For many visitors to Japan, a trip to Kyoto is an unforgettable experience. The historic neighborhoods, with their beautifully preserved buildings and thoroughfares, create a traditional atmosphere so unique that you’d be hard-pressed to find anything like it anywhere else…except if you were over in a city in northeastern China, where they’ve built a “Little Kyoto” of their very own.

Known as Tang Little Kyoto, the new site, located in Dalian City, Liaoning Province, is said to be the largest Japan-themed commercial complex in China. Set on a huge 630,000 square-meter plot, construction of the facility began in 2019 and is scheduled to be fully complete in 2024, at a cost of approximately 6 billion yuan.

However, on 21 August, when the first section of the complex was opened to the public, it immediately drew criticism from locals on the Internet, leading to a temporary closure of the facility from 30 August.

▼ Approximately 30 stores selling Japanese products, including Panasonic goods, were open for just over a week before the closure.

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China’s popular social media platform Weibo was flooded with complaints from people who took issue with the location of the facility, saying that Dalian was an area once occupied by Japanese forces. The promotion of Japanese-made goods and companies in such an area appeared to be a sore point for many, who described the commercial complex as “an invasion of China by Japanese culture“.

According to the real estate developers behind the complex, Dalian Shuyuan Group, the municipal government instructed them to suspend operations on the night of Aug 30, citing concerns about the criticism expressed on the internet, as well as fears for crowds gathering in the area during the pandemic.

▼ These photos of Tang Little Kyoto show the crowds that had gathered there last month.

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The facility is now closed to the public, with the re-opening date yet to be announced. Despite the outcry online, the huge multi-million dollar investment in the facility, which is designed to replicate famous sightseeing areas of Kyoto such as the Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka slopes near Kiyomizudera Temple, suggests construction of the complex will still be going ahead as planned.

The Kyoto-style townscape of Tang Little Kyoto is currently being designed by a Japanese architect, using imported materials from Japan that include traditional roofing tiles. Private buyers have already been purchasing some of the 1,600 buildings that will be constructed in the complex for hundreds of thousands of dollars, with many intending to use them as stores and vacation homes.

While a large number of locals have been vocal about their opposition to the development, there are some advocating for it, pointing out that other cities have also used the appeal of Japanese culture to entice visitors and increase tourism.

Dalian Shuyuan Group says the Tang Little Kyoto project is particularly appealing to people in China due to the fact that Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan from 794-1868, was believed to be influenced by Chinese architecture from the Tang Dynasty (618 to 907). They hope this love for Kyoto, as seen in the complex, will lead to a newfound love and interest in Tang culture amongst locals.

Sources: Nikkei via Jin

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How ridiculous, just leave it open and let people enjoy. what is the world coming too?

31 ( +40 / -9 )

^Because that’s another thing that China has ripped from the world? Do you keep up with the news? Who enjoys it?

6 ( +14 / -8 )

China is just preserving the Japanese culture from future extinction. what is wrong??

-21 ( +11 / -32 )

@wayan: aside from the Koreans, the Chinese probably hate the Japanese the most. You should know that East Asian culture is very historically-conscious and will tend to speak of historical pasts from centuries or decades ago as if it happened yesterday, with Japan's WW2 atrocities constantly parroted by media, the education system, and the people.

4 ( +14 / -10 )

A taste of Japan in China and a taste of China in Japan and many other countries were little China and little Tokyo towns are very popular places in the west is a good thing, it promotes friendships and harmony. But understandably I think may be the location of this project is of a poor choice.

6 ( +10 / -4 )

China has no originality.

14 ( +25 / -11 )

This is actually very good for Japan. Now many Chinese will visit real Kyoto and make the locals happy and better tourism economy.

Unlike Koreans, Chinese actually spends a lot in overseas, esp food, fashion and souvenirs.

9 ( +16 / -7 )

Japanese borders remain closed to tourists.

12 ( +14 / -2 )

BIG TROUBLE, LITTLE KYOTO.

16 ( +18 / -2 )

Foreigners are abandoning China in droves over the last few years as they are driven out with new rules and a new cultural revolution.

12 ( +15 / -3 )

When will China get it? The world doesn’t care what they think anymore

12 ( +18 / -6 )

And the Chinese government continues to use Japan as a convenient distraction from Chinese governmental corruption.

12 ( +15 / -3 )

Pathetic,the Chinese institutions and mindset again at it’s worst.

The people there are so brainwashed by their own propaganda that I feel a sense of pity for them.

But this is the consequence of the CCP ruling that country.

Besides,what a ridiculous idea to replicate a foreign town in it’s own land.

9 ( +12 / -3 )

A lot of jealous online users if you ask me. There is nothing wrong with exchanging some cultures. Plus from the picture, people sees to like to visit the place.

6 ( +9 / -3 )

@Hiro if you know anything about cars, you would know they disregard other’s trademark property. You need to read the news more often. Look at the Range Rover and their “LandWind”.

4 ( +8 / -4 )

When ever I talk to a person from China the conversation ends up about the Japanese and how much they hate the Japanese people and government. I will reply with "Kubla" Kane invasion of Japan and how the Japanese kick the invasion force back to China. I also suggest Japanese invasion of China was only committed because of the history of China trying to invade Japan of the centuries.

-1 ( +7 / -8 )

China: sick, pathetic, dangerous

9 ( +12 / -3 )

Just imagine if all the "China Towns" around the world decided to shut down. The CCP = Crazy, Corrupt, Paranoid.

9 ( +11 / -2 )

This is really interesting. Xi has been cracking down on everything. Tech, celebrities, finance, entertainment, imports. Is this going to be next? I wouldn't want to be a shareholder in Dalian Shuyuan Group right at this moment. This could go either way.

11 ( +12 / -1 )

it immediately drew criticism from locals on the Internet, leading to a temporary closure of the facility from 30 August.

Hmm, who are these "locals"? There was massive criticism of the Tokyo Olympics on the Internet from Japanese "locals" but it wasn't closed down because the Japanese government ignored it. This has been a Chinese government decision for whatever their reasons are. Criticism on the Internet on its own achieves nothing.

If there is a cultural problem with this, one wonders how it got permission to be built?

7 ( +8 / -1 )

Maybe China closed it down because it was jealous of an old traditional culture, one that it doesn't remember because they've destroyed much of their own culture during its upheavals, especially during the Cultural Revolution. That's why most Chinese tourists are so rude, because they've lost most of their own culture. It's quite pathetic.

10 ( +13 / -3 )

It looks like Chinese people like Japanese culture very much but communist party dislike it.

8 ( +11 / -3 )

King Xi Joffrey can't stand not being the center of attention and wants only "Xi's Daily Thoughts" to be followed, so now he's taking everyone's toys away.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

A bit ironic given that many major cities have a Chinatown.

15 ( +16 / -1 )

especially during the Cultural Revolution.

I think it’s safe to say with the recent moves by the Chinese govt then we can now say “Cultural Revolution 1” or “The first Cultural Revolution”.

Im curious how the Chinese citizens will react to this? Probably just follow along eh?

3 ( +6 / -3 )

Like everyone else, I am shocked this place even existed. Talk about a dumb idea to build it! Chinese people in general hate Japan.

7 ( +9 / -2 )

Kyoto was historically a carbon copy of Xi'an !!!!!! The irony.

Quote:

The new city, Heian-kyō (平安京, "tranquility and peace capital"), a scaled replica of the then Chinese Tang dynasty capital Chang'an

4 ( +8 / -4 )

So, should govts close all "China-Towns" around the world?

7 ( +10 / -3 )

Appropriate - the Chinese tourists ruined Big Kyoto. It's only now we can visit the place in peace.

5 ( +9 / -4 )

So, should govts close all "China-Towns" around the world?

Please explain why they would?

Governments around the world - certainly Japan - are open and accepting of foreign culture, including Chinese, and not driven by propoganda. Chinatowns have been around the world for much longer than Communism has existed.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Much unlike China towns in Japan, Little Kyoto is only a copy cat. It won't survive long anyway unless there's real life and multicultural contacts with locals. It's due to the lack of Japanese expats living the quarter out there.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

In general most Chinese people like Japan. Millions of Chinese tourists used to visit good places over all Japan every year. If someone say Chinese hate Japan, probably because they have seen their big protesters/riots destroyed Japanese department stores and many shops in some major cities Those protester/riot groups were not that big. They were temporarily hired by the communist party to protest Japan about some political issues.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

There many Chinatowns in Japan so I do not see a problem with there being Japantwowns in China! What is this world coming to?

6 ( +8 / -2 )

Maybe Japan should close the Chinatowns in Yokohama and Kobe. How stupid.

Hey, Japanese companies. Stop investing and giving money to this closed minded hostile neighbor. You're eventually going to get stabbed. Just a recommendation.

4 ( +9 / -5 )

Like I would spend ¥10 to visit China

3 ( +7 / -4 )

Maybe Japan should close the Chinatowns in Yokohama and Kobe. 

Why?

Welcoming, tolerant, first-world democracies do not do things like that.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Really sad news.

But then again, this is tit-for-tat considering the stance Japan has towards Taiwan.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

In general most Chinese people like Japan. 

Chinese people like Japan and Japanese things, they don't like Japanese people. Well, Chinese men all like Japanese women and want to marry one and turn her into a Chinese wife (weird, huh?). You should see the things they say online about Japan; let's just say my post will be deleted if I repeat it here.

Anyway, people from around the world love to visit France, Britain and other countries but it doesn't mean they like the locals. They just want selfies there.

3 ( +7 / -4 )

I find it rather remarkable that the writer failed to mention that Dalian (once known as Dairen) was the largest commercial city in the region of China formerly called Manchuria, which was under Japanese control from 1905 to 1945, and existed as a Japanese puppet state called Manchukuo between 1932 and 1945.

Dalian is a major center of investment by Japanese electronics and software development companies.

Some Chinese might see a Japantown as a reminder of those times, and even feel threatened by it.

That said, if the government grants permission for it to be built, it should stick by its decision or else be prepared to reimburse the companies that invested in the project.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Correction: Japan was granted control of the Liaodong Peninsula, where Dalian is situated, in the Treaty of Shimonoseki following the First Sino-Japanese War of 1894-95.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

they don't like Japanese people.

Of course some Chinese don't like/hate Japanese locals, not most of them. If they really don't like/hate Japanese, millions of them would not have visited Japan because they would naturally contact with and meet locals there wherever they go. For me if I really don't like locals there in a country, I will not go visit there.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

China is on my travel blacklist!

5 ( +9 / -4 )

China is running a campaign against non-Chinese culture in China so it is not surprising. It wouldn't even surprise me if manga and anime gets banned in the next 5 years as everything presented must be pure-Chinese with how the trend is moving now.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Chinese rejecting "Made in China-Japan"... rofl

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Yes, they just have entered into a new, and from collectivist into more single person dictatorial phase and therefore turning much wilder and even more mentally sick. That guy at the top came up more coincidentally from the lower c party ranks and whole family as well himself equipped with Stockholm syndrome caused by former original ‘cultural revolution’, means as a former victim now copying and enforcing methods once self suffered. First only forbidding cartoon characters and slightly restrictions put on internet and all such, he now even wants his texts and daily remarks of unimportance all printed in every school textbook and taught to all Chinese. There’s obviously to be expected more such to come and it will surely have a minimum duration until he has gone one day.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

citing concerns about the criticism expressed on the internet

They just got trolled.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

There are Government, People's Liberation Army and all laws under the Communist Party. A top leader of CCP is Xi Jinping. He can change everything and control its won people he wants. It seems very easy for him to ban all non-Chinese cultural things in the future.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

correcton:

He can change everything and control its own people he wants.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

the communist govt is just jealous kyoto is getting so much love from its people... they do this to their celebrities, religion as well - if they get too popular then the govt finds ways to "shut them down"... shes like a needy girlfriend - 100% focus on her only

2 ( +6 / -4 )

I will reply with "Kubla" Kane invasion of Japan

Charles Foster’s brother; not some crooked politician.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

are you guys talking about kublai khan invasion of japan? i just googled it and they call it a "mongul" invasion not "chinese" invasion... i guess no wants credit for losing the invasion lol

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Unfortunately the Chinese copy everything on a gigantic scale, from iPhone-, IPad-.laptop- hardware and software, falsifying, everything from El-cars to New Zealand honey and French wine…..all with government approval and support including using slave labour .

They probably have a “Little Mermaid” sitting in Shanghai.

It must be stoped NOW.

-1 ( +6 / -7 )

It's merely a matter of time that Japan has to kowtow China absolutely. In fact, Chinese tourism has already determined how the Japanese economy is and will become within a few years. In the early phases of the pandemic, the whole economy of Japan was wrecked when China announced not to send tourists outside. Kyoto to Tokyo was devastated by the news, and there are still many rising suicides from owners of tourist businesses.

-2 ( +6 / -8 )

The CCP drums up hatred against an external enemy to keep people busy and distract from complaining about local problems. These Wumao that complain about Little Kyoto are only the mouthpiece of the CCP.

1 ( +6 / -5 )

Why is everyone so surprised? These are Chinese communists, we're talking about.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

You see a lot of very strange things in China, I have not seen the little Kyoto. I do see these statues all over China of a young mother giving her staving old mother a feed of breast milk while her two young staving children are pulling at her dress so they get their mother attention to feed them. This is typical of the Chinese attitude of respecting the old before the young of today. Japanese women strange ??? no Chinese women are strange. To give you breast milk to a old person who is going to die very soon and not your own children is installed in the China culture

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

Looking at those pictures made me cringe. I go to Kyoto every other month in between traveling to other unique and fabulous places in Japan. Will be there from the 14th through 20th. I will show these pictures from this site to my favorite venues and ask them what they think.

Kyoto never looks like this fake village. And most definitely not crowded like these images show.

Another fake China Disneyland. Thanks for closing it down.

-5 ( +5 / -10 )

Not all of Kyoto looks like it did in the past times. Many places are very ugly. The tourist's spots yes.

This is just another version of Disney World and probably encourages people to visit the real Kyoto which since the pandemic is losing its ¥1 trillion pa in tourist money.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

CCP is so insecure about Chinese people being exposed to anything non-Chinese. No wonder their culture is dead and people miserable. The explosion is coming.

Chinatowns thrive in cities around the world and are supported by locals.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

The big picture, is, todays world is so divided. Everything is politicized and became so "sensitized".

Its no surprised that people looked at everything nationalistically.

No thanks, to a particular country and the need to maintain curtain hegemony.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Yeah, it’s o.k. … but does it have a Starbucks? …And, a Lawson, … and a Family Mart, … and a McDonald’s … and a 7/11 ??

0 ( +5 / -5 )

The relevant measure was not taken by the government authorities but by Dalian's private citizens. 

I wonder how Dalian citizens would react if they knew about China towns sprouting in Yokohama and Kobe. Besides, many roots of Japanese culture can be traced back to China: Chinese characters, the numerical system, musical instruments, fine arts, things culinary, to cite just a few.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

Maybe it'll become a UN World Heritage site... and if the rationale is that Japan once occupied Dalian, (as did Russia before them), then there is a pretty large swath of eastern China that's never gonna see a Japanese-style building.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan from 794-1868, was believed to be influenced by Chinese architecture from the Tang Dynasty

Not only "believed to be" but is. Nijo jo is basically a copy of the Forbidden City. It just consists of a single castle rather than around 20 as in the Forbidden City.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

With that many people, how can you have no complaints?

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Many are wondering if China is headed for a 2nd Cultural Revolution. Time will tell...

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Chinese propaganda cannot coat up fake CCP narratives for ever. People living this day can meet, talk, feel the people across the ocean. Let those decide the future. Go and ask Chinese in Taiwan how they feel about Japan if you don't get it.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Invasion of China by Japanese culture?!?

More like theft of Japanese culture by China!

1 ( +3 / -2 )

If a tiny place with Japanese culture is seen as an “invasion” in a huge country like China, then Chinese culture must be very weak indeed.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Invasion of China by Japanese culture?!?

More like theft of Japanese culture by China!

More like theft of Japans main source of tourist income by China.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

This is another example of Sino Sickness. Let's control the universe to our liking because we are suddenly powerful and brimming with new money. Yes close Yokohama Chinatown first then go on to San Francisco. Finally hit Singapore where the PRC travelers are denounced as rude and self centered . Then do you think that Chinese owned restaurants worldwide who pose a Japanese eateries should be banned as imposters ?

Present day PRC Cultural Imperialism is the new cultural revolution for this generation. Perhaps "Mao" than the his little red book called for, but who cares and who would ever want to live in the Middle Kingdom these days.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Isn’t this “cultural appropriation” ?

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

"Chinese tourism has already determined how the Japanese economy is and will become within a few years. In the early phases of the pandemic, the whole economy of Japan was wrecked when China announced not to send tourists outside."

Once again, the same CLUELESS rumblings about Japan's economy being dependent on tourism to survive.

All a clueless has to do is search tourism % in the GDP of Japan, before re-posting the same rubbish!

But NO, posting nonsense seems more profitable to some.

Unless they don't know how to search but talking is cheap anyway.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

CCP not China are carrying on like spoiled children in a supermarket on the world's stage...

They brag about being technologically advanced after copping other tec but are quite juvenile when it comes to doing business with the rest of the world...

This is unfortunate for everyone.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Is it possible to close China Towns? And maybe we should go a bit extra and close Korea town since Korea is even lower than China in anti-japanese hate and racism.

1 ( +5 / -4 )

Kei Kurono

Is it possible to close China Towns? And maybe we should go a bit extra and close Korea town since Korea is even lower than China in anti-japanese hate and racism.

You need to see someone about your hatred.

Those China Town restaurants are owned by Japanese residents. They pay taxes and do business with Japanese companies.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

@snowymountainhellToday  03:44 pm JST

Yeah, it’s o.k. … but does it have a Starbucks? …And, a Lawson, … and a Family Mart, … and a McDonald’s … and a 7/11 ??

No it does not. Why would you suggest that?

Yokohama Chinatown does not have those.

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

Just when you thought you've seen it all with the boycott Japan movement in South Korea. Is there a bigger blight in this world than Chinese netizens? They are among the most fanatical, ignorant, and hateful people around. Maybe these netizens should look in the mirror first with the way their expatriates have flooded countries abroad and established communities that mirror those in China. Hypocrisy and stupidity at its finest. The irrational hatred of Japan is without a doubt indoctrinated among Chinese citizens just as bad as in the Koreas. Pathetic.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Why not open the borders and then there would be no need for it.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Is use of Kanji theft of Chinese culture?

3 ( +4 / -1 )

I thought the cultural invasion was when I would go to Kyoto and Nara (pre-pandemic) then overhear more Chinese than Japanese being spoken. The tourists were absolutely ruining the place, now I feel like going before then come back again, it could be a last rare chance.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Looking at those pictures made me cringe. I go to Kyoto every other month in between traveling to other unique and fabulous places in Japan. Will be there from the 14th through 20th. I will show these pictures from this site to my favorite venues and ask them what they think.

Kyoto never looks like this fake village. And most definitely not crowded like these images show.

Another fake China Disneyland. Thanks for closing it down.

As a Kyoto resident my lad, either you've been visiting the wrong soaplands, or you're suffering a sight defect. Kyoto looks like this, especially around the older areas, and pre-COVID-19 it was even more crowded than this. But sure, you're the resident expert right? Traveling guru of wisdom, master of knowledge.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

However, on 21 August, when the first section of the complex was opened to the public, it immediately drew criticism from locals on the Internet, leading to a temporary closure of the facility from 30 August.

OH! for goodness sake stop banging on about poor old hard done to China, these event when china got invaded by Japanese imperial troops was 70 odd years ago, just shut up were sick and tired of it, and whats next, another demand for another appology?

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Maybe New York should close down china town? Or better yet, Yokohama.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

So many comments but only a few that have anything aside from propaganda to say.

The good people of Japan might enjoy an American base, as a cultural exchange of course, in Nagaski perhaps? A Pentagon in Hiroshima would not look out of place either.. I know how warmly the US bases are received in Okinawa, so why not?

There seems to be real animosity towards China, a once occupied country. Is this the catalyst of all this hate, that Japan remains occupied and China was able to free her people?

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

If some Japanese said there should be no Chinese elements in Japanese culture, there would be no Japanese culture.

Culture flows from the high ground to the low ground like water. But what is high or low ground for culture? 

It is very mentalistic. If people feel a foreign culture is marvelous and excellent, something that should be emulated, then that foreign culture is on the high ground and naturally flows from there to a receptive country, that is, the one on the lower ground.

Cultures mix up with each other quite naturally. Let them behave as they do; never try to reverse the flow artificially or by force.

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

Oh well, I guess it's time for another "Great Leap Forward"!

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Anything the Chinese touch gets tainted.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Japanese culture came from China and Korea anyway.

World's gone whakko from the pandemic .

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

And no the Japanese katana is not a sword its a saber and originally came from China.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

China is big with different culture, different ethnicity, different religion. They can't communicate with each other unless you speak standard Chinese. Chinese history is the bloody war history except all those wars were among different ethnic people within the continent until 20c, where, for the 1st time ever, another different ethnic people under influence, YES, of Chinese culture, especially Tang Dynasty, called Japanese across the ocean came and defeated then-ruling dynasty and expanded it's territory. It was just simple as that. Chinese even kept killing each other even after 1945 to decide which ruler was to stay on the summit. If the Chinese believe Japan was Chinese culture successor, it's Anti-Japan indoctrination fundamentally contradicts. Japanese march was a part of and the last of bloody Chinese war history.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

Big Japanese companies are involved, that means some powerful Japanese people are involved. Who are these powerful people???

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

So many comments but only a few that have anything aside from propaganda to say. 

The good people of Japan might enjoy an American base, as a cultural exchange of course, in Nagaski perhaps? A Pentagon in Hiroshima would not look out of place either.. I know how warmly the US bases are received in Okinawa, so why not?

There seems to be real animosity towards China, a once occupied country. Is this the catalyst of all this hate, that Japan remains occupied and China was able to free her people?

Excellent comment… you’ve nailed it!

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

And no the bloodiest war in China was actually against the introduction of the holy bible teachings.

A civil war.

To anyone whose actually studied what Japan did to China before ww2 and during then you would understand why they hate the Japanese.

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

An enlightening read @Skeptical 4:38am. Puts China’s “Little Tokyo” into this into some perspective as to how & why it was done.

https://foreignpolicy.com/2009/10/07/the-architecture-of-autocracy/

- “China is the greatest magnet of all. An immense building boom and a ruling party hungry for prestige have combined to produce scores of prize commissions for famous foreign architects.

It’s no mystery why architects find themselves in an equivocal relationship with power. They can’t work without it . . . What architects prefer are fearless clients, the kind who commit serious money and laugh in the face of local opposition. How tempting it is, then, to build in places where an emir or a Vladimir can call the shots with impunity — where cash is plentiful, ambitions boundless, and the local opposition more preoccupied with police surveillance or being thrown in jail.

The Japanese architect & company importing authentic goods to China here had no problem with accepting commissions or ‘cultural dilemmas’ designing this for China.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Have you been to Universal Studio in Osaka? There's a section in the compound replicating a U.S. local town. A striking replication, indeed.

I wouldn't consider it to be the flow of culture, though. It's simply profit-centered commercialism. Maybe, Tang Little Kyoto in Dalian is no different. A rude commercialism.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Interesting how some Chinese reminisce about their history by visiting "Tang" Little Tokyo. Japanese were the enemies during WW2 but can't forget it was the Communists that inflicted the Cultural Revolution.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Real bunch of historians on this topic.

Big trouble in little Kyoto

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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