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Emperor of Japan

  The Emperor of Japan is the country’s head of state. It is “the symbol of the state and the unification of the people,” according to the country’s 1947 constitution. He was also the most authoritative Shinto figure in the past. The emperor is known in Japan as Тenno, which means “heavenly sovereign.” The Emperor …

Kofuin School By Yasufumi Kijima

This house, which situated at the foot of the majestic Mt. Aso, was formerly a Kumamoto auditorium. Yasufumi Kijima, an architect, relocated the former Kumamoto Higher Technical School Lecture Hall from the Kumamoto University campus to this location and converted it into his personal residence. Kijima obtained a teaching position at Kumamoto University after working …

Former Glover House In Nagasakiі, Japan

Thomas Blake Glover, a Scottish businessman who helped modernize Japan, lived in this timber-framed house, which is the oldest extant Western-style residence in Japan. Glover arrived in Japan in 1859, the year Nagasaki Port opened, at the age of 21. His house was built in 1863 and finished additions in 1887, giving it its current …

The Former Takatori Family Residence

Koreyoshi Takatori was regarded as one of Kyushu’s coal mining monarchs. In Saga Prefecture, he was born into a samurai family. Takatori came to Tokyo in the early Meiji Period and studied contemporary mining technologies at the Ministry of Engineering’s Mining Bureau before turning the Takashima Coal Mine in Nagasaki Prefecture into a thriving enterprise. …

Imabari City Hall Complex by Kenzo Tange

If you are visiting Imabari for the first time, you will discover that you must see a really uncommon tourist site. You should go see the buildings at the Imabari City Hall complex. While most people would dismiss such a bizarre concept, if you are familiar with Japanese architects and architecture, you will realize that …

Seto Inland Sea Folk History Museum

Museum of Maritime Folklore The museum is located on a tiny mountain with a view of the sea. Traditional fishing implements and other reference materials linked to the region’s folk culture are on display at the museum. The structure has the appearance of a fort, yet the interior is light and airy thanks to a …

Hiroshima Naka Incineration Plant

This incineration factory is situated on a bluff overlooking the sea. The design was created by Yoshio Taniguchi, who had won a competition to redesign the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Although an incineration plant is a “NIMBY” (not in my backyard) facility, there is no need to consider “local inhabitants” in this …

Yodoko Guest House (Former Yamamura Нouse) In Ashiya, Japan

Frank Lloyd Wright, an American architect, had a particular relationship with Japan, one of the few countries outside the United States where he completed projects. The Imperial Holel, which opened in 1923 and was named after Wright, was the most famous of these. The hotel’s forms were interpreted as a new type of décor, and …

The Mitsui 0.S.K. Lines Building In Kobe, Japan

The Shosen Mitsui Building is another interesting structure in Kobe’s Former Foreign Settlement region. It first opened its doors in 1922 as the local headquarters of a major shipping firm. Mitsui O.S.K. Lines is now a conglomeration of container, passenger, and tanker ships with international operations, following a series of mergers. In prewar Japan, the …

The Japan Mint In Osaka, Japan

The Sempukan, Osaka’s first western-style structure, was built in 1871. It stands out with a second-floor veranda and colonial-style construction. Sempukan boasts lovely sakura in the garden, which, when in bloom, bring out the building’s pink accents. It is located near the Japan Mint, one of the city’s most famous cherry blossom viewing places. The …