AUTHORCary, Otis
TITLEThe Sparing of Kyoto—Mr. Stimson's 'Pet City'
PERIODICAL TITLEJapan Quarterly
DATE PUBLISHED1975
VOLUME NUMBER22
ISSUE NUMBEROctober/December
PAGE NUMBERS337-347
ISSN0021-4590


This article discusses how Kyoto, former capital of Japan and famous for its art treasures, came to be spared from being a target for an atomic bomb in 1945. It presents several views about why Kyoto was spared, including intervention from Florence Denton, an American missionary during the war, and by Langdon Warner, a fancier of Japanese art who had married a Roosevelt. Finally, however, the author argues that the person responsible for sparing Kyoto was Henry Stimson, United States Secretary of War from 1940 to 1945. The author lived for years after World War II in Kyoto.


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