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Kyoto has three major issues at this moment. The first is maintaining and passing on its traditional culture. That is the fate of a historic city. Second is the growth of inbound tourism. The last one is its dwindling population.

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Norimasa Tahara, an editor at The Yomiuri Shimbun Osaka.

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What Kyoto done about those issues? Just soudesune?

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The first is maintaining and passing on its traditional culture.

For which I will give it 4/10, especially if that includes streetscape views unimpeded by eyesores like signage, wires, poles and buildings that should never have been built, architectural preservation and maintaining a harmonious design style.

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They want growth of tourism but then complain non-stop about the tourists. Give us the money but stay away seems to be the Kyoto attitude.

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Problem #4. Kyotoans whinge about everything and everybody not Kyotoans.

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as an unfortunate kyoto resident I will say

they don’t care at all about preserving history. A cultural heritage mansion of significant size and its gardens was destroyed in march near my house, machiya’s are being demolished daily.

kyoto city is so corrupt it was bankrupt.

kyotese are tacky as hell, they have no sense whatsoever on how to improve the city’s looks. Also not a friendly bunch and the infrastructure in the city is lacking, buses are the main transport in kyoto.

why old buildings that look better even in decline need to be replaced by ugly apartments/prefabs homes if the population is dwindling.

Kyoto is like France they are good at PR even though the city lacks substance and is not all that pretty.
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In Kyoto. They'll be fine.

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