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Because of environmental degradation, I decided to move away from Kyoto where I have wanted to live since I was a teenager. I think that I could learn the positive side of the process of elimination. This process is deeply related to the exclusiveness of Kyoto culture.

If we compare Kyoto to Osaka or Tokyo, Kyoto is a compact city neither too big nor too small. Kyoto has a nice soundscape and human scale streets for a city. But the revenue source of Kyoto depends on tourism. Kyoto always needs to welcome a lot of tourists and at the same time needs to have enough space for its residents. And Kyoto is always responding to the increase or decrease in the number of tourists.

It is like riding a unicycle while juggling. To make a success of such a risky form of entertainment, Kyoto upgrades its city functions and services by the process of elimination. It has created an impression of exclusiveness of people. But that impression is a result of the cautious way they make upgrades to their city. And that is the best way to make everything better while keeping harmony in Kyoto. This way is sometimes observed in long-established businesses which have sustained themselves over 7 generations. And in Kyoto, there are many businesses which have sustained themselves over 9 generations.

I love Kyoto and I just wanted to be in a place which encouraged me to keep harmony in my life. So, this time, I used the process of elimination to decide where I should live. I didn’t choose my next address for any affirmative reasons. Rather, I eliminated other choices. But I am sure that this is the best way to create better in harmony with everything. My loving Kyoto taught me this.