Today’s Word: preservation

October 3, 2017          =========

☆  preservation  保護


The preservation of something is the protection, conservation or maintenance of that thing. We usually use this word to talk about world heritage areas and buildings and the preservation of those areas and buildings. Of course, it doesn’t need to be a world heritage site, it could be anything that the local council or government has decided needs to be protected.

I guess in Japan, there are a lot of buildings that are on the list for preservation, right? There are so many temples and shrines that need to be protected. Do you think it is important for the government to be in charge of this preservation of natural and cultural assets? Does that Japanese government do a good job of this or not, in your opinion?