Journal 4

I was surprised about low buildings in Washington DC. Washington DC regulate height of buildings. I think it is because of regulation for security. Because if someone are in high buildings, they can aim someone from far away. In addition, driver said its regulation is also to keep townscape in Washington DC. DC, built in about 1790s, is an abbreviation for District of Columbia. A large part of DC’s Population is black. It is about 50%. So we can say Washington DC is polymorphic and an immigration city.

Kyoto has regulation for keeping townscape too, but it has different purpose from Washington DC’s. Kyoto wants to keep the historical townscape. So Starbucks changed to the “Wa” (traditional Japanese) style such as temple and Shrine in Kyoto. Also McDonalds, which is a fast food shop, changed too. These changes reflect Japanese culture like colonial style. Those changes (keeping townscape) can also be seen as saving culture. In contrast, Washington DC wants to create the sense of unity. In consequence, almost every building has a similar structure. It just lined up the high of buildings. So I think its regulation doesn’t keep the historical culture in Washington DC.

I went to Smithsonian Museum. It has a lot of museums about history such as National Museum of Natural History and National Air and Space Museum. They has a lot of exhibits in each sections. By contrast, Japan has few museum about history. Most Japanese museums are about arts. This difference also concerns regulation, and more specifically, culture. Japanese culture is not very dynamic, because Japan didn’t have big change in history, but America has a lot of big change in history because of many races. America has many wars from race confliction. These wars and race problems made big change in history. Thereby, Japanese history and culture can talk more about “Wa”. And American history and culture can’t collect exactly one thing. Therefore, regulation saves the history in Kyoto about “Wa”, and regulation line up the hight in Washington DC.

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