Sannenzaka Correspondence

G. Baldwin Brown: a History Forgotten by Japan’s Cultural Policy

Today, there are few who doubt the importance of monuments and art objects. Beyond their aesthetic and historical value, they hold political significance within urban spaces and are key to attracting inbound tourists within the global economy. In this context, the pioneering work of British art historian Gerard Baldwin Brown, who preceded the legal justification of cultural heritage protection in the 20th century, may serve paradoxically as a testament to a lack of thinking in Japan.