London is often criticized of being to welcoming and inviting for foreigners to live in London, pushing local people out of its boundaries. in 2011, London had over 1.5 million Asian people living there permanently which will have risen over the last few years. This hostility wasn’t always the case and during 1885 to 1887, an authentic Japanese village was constructed in Knightsbridge in Humphreys’ hall during the late Victorian era.
It was built under the original purpose as an exhibition, built by organiser Tannaker Buhicrosan. He looked to exploit the natural British curiosity for other cultures and designed an traditional Japanese village which was home to 100 Japanese men and women. After undergoing trading with Japan in the 1860s, a new Japanese wave of popularity occurred, this was enhanced by the Aesthetic movement of the late 19th century which was massively popular at the time and regularly received numbers of up to 250,000 visitors during its early stage.
The exhibition was purely upheld within Humphrey’s hall in South Knightsbridge of what is currently Trevor Street. We believe from what we know about the Japanese village that it was fully respectful of Japanese traditions and advertised the exhibition as ‘Skilled Japanese artisans and workers, who will perfectly illustrate the mannerisms, culture, customs of their traditional culture. There were beautifully decorated art work, including a Buddhist temple and traditional Japanese tea house.
Today Japanese culture is not held in such high regard and the fascination of the British public has been somewhat diluted. In saying this, London still has strong ties with Japanese influences with hundreds of Japanese restaurants in London and has become a firm favourite for food amongst the British public. There are also a lot of Asian and shemale escorts London studying at university in London, which was a tradition dating back hundreds of years.