Survival of the fittest (updated)
The last decade high-rise buildings have been scattered around Kyoto, while eating away whole blocks of machiya’s.
Sometimes you’ll find one brave machiya standing strong between these giants. On one block a single machiya stands totally worn and torn, on another block as an elegant survivor.
Between 1996-2003 13% of the machiya’s have been destroyed (1,6 % a year). With a rough but moderate calculation, this means that if this trend continues within 50-60 years we will have only some preserved machiya’s left.