Ewa Pałasz-Rutkowska, Pamięć o Cesarzu Meiji – twórcy Japonii nowoczesnej



Ewa Pałasz-Rutkowska

Remembering the Emperor Meiji – The Creator of Modern Japan

 The figure of Emperor Meiji (1852–1912; reigned 1867–1912) matches perfectly with the topic of the 6th Japan Days, entitled, The Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Japan. He became the symbol of modernity, the symbol of reforms due to which the far-off feudal country on the outskirts of East Asia became transformed into a strong constitutional monarchy recognized by world powers. At the same time he was also a stronghold of tradition and old culture. Throughout his reign he proved diligent in taking care of Japanese cultural heritage. He himself was living proof, as a representation of one of the most important elements of Japanese culture. Just how important a part he played, we learn from the places – preserved or created – in order to keep the memory of this ruler alive for future generations.