Review of "Kyoto Visual Culture in the Early Edo and Meiji Periods: The Arts of Reinvention"
caa.reviews | College Art Association | Published : 2018
What to do with a retired emperor? Soon after Emperor Akihito announced his intention to abdicate in April 2019, this question captured headlines across Japan. Not merely a response to the unusual circumstances—the last imperial retirement occurred in 1817—the inquiry was advanced as part of a bold appeal: so that he not overshadow his successor, Akihito should leave Tokyo for Kyoto. The proposal was perhaps the most ambitious of many made by Kyoto political groups in recent years to reclaim from Tokyo cultural, political, and economic institutions taken over the course of centuries. The campaign is unlikely to succeed, but as the essays in Morgan Pitelka and Alice Tseng’s Kyoto Visual Cultu..View full abstract