Faculty Advisor

Sphar, Jefferson Alex

Faculty Advisor

Snoddy, Gregory A.

Faculty Advisor

Snoddy, Kumiko

Project Center

Japan (Multiple Cities)


The recent influx of tourism in Japan has impacted multiple aspects of the Japanese lifestyle. This project sought to brainstorm ideas to recommend a dream for the area so that we can improve public perception and draw people back into Gojo Rakuen, in the Shimogyo Ward of Kyoto. We recorded the function of each building in the area, interviewed business owners to find out their thoughts on the change the region is undergoing, and produced a map of the streets, buildings, foliage, and flow of people through the area. We conclude that with some changes, such as increasing lighting in the area, bringing in more shops and services, and repurposing underutilized lots into bike parking or community gardens Gojo Rakuen would be able to once again attract people to the area.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted


Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies

Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary & Global Studies