Yoshitaro Amano who Liked History (Japanese)

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(Japanese)In 1911, the scholar Hiram Bingham discovered Machu Picchu, and since then it has become quite famous. When Amano went there in ’27 or ’28, though, it was still really tiny, without any roads or hotels. He stayed in a little hotel run by a Japanese and went to the top from there. At that time, it took him 4 days or so to see it all, walking with no paths, using Incan roads. It wasn’t developed at all; there weren’t any tourist routes. He went at a time like that.

Amano had always liked history, since the time he lived in Japan. He loved Chinese classical literature and had it all memorized by heart. So, he would have conversations with Chinese. He couldn’t do so by speaking, but he would write things down, and the meaning would get across completely. He made friends doing that.

Date: April 18, 2007
Location: Lima, Peru
Interviewer: Ann Kaneko
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

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