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Uchinoura Spасе Center (Former Kagoshima Space Center, The University of Tokyo)

As an ancillary facility of the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Industrial Science, this space observatory and rocket launch complex was built in 1962. It was designed by Kiyoshi Ikebe, a member of the institute, using his distinctive form theory. Aeronautical research was outlawed in Japan shortly after World War II as part of GHO’s …

Art Plaza (Former Oita Prefectural Library) In Oita City

To be honest, after the 1970 Japan World Exposition, Arata Isozaki challenged Kenzo Tange’s reputation as Japan’s most influential architect. Before 1970, he only designed a few works, the most important of which is the Oita Prefectural Library. He was still a member of Kenzo Tange’s laboratory at the University of Tokyo when he developed …

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 …

Naruto Culture Center

In 1982, this multipurpose facility was built. The structure resembles a seaside Parthenon and is situated in a beautiful setting. There was a definite push after WWII to concentrate the country in Tokyo. There is also a popular belief that modern architecture has little to do with regionalism. In fact, following the war, when local …

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 …

Underground Platforms on the Osaka Munіcipal Subway’s Midosuji Line, Japan

The eight lines are the city’s major method of transit, as aboveground trains are significantly less popular in Osaka’s core than they are in Tokyo, which is well-served by Japan Railway trains in addition to the Metro. Foreign Japan Rail Pass holders will find that their passes are nearly useless in Osaka, where they can …

Lake Biwa Canal In Kyoto, Japan

The Lake Biwa Canal is a historic Japanese waterway that connects Lake Biwa with Kyoto. The canal, which was built during the Meiji Period, was originally intended to transmit lake water for drinking, irrigation, and industrial reasons, but it also served to move waterborne freight and passenger traffic. Water from the canal powered Japan’s first …

Keihin Industrial Area In Japan

Keihin Industrial Area, commonly known as Tokyo-Yokohama Region, is a Japanese industrial zone centered on the Tokyo-Yokohama metropolitan area. Keihin, which is neither a political nor an administrative body, stretches inland from Tokyo Bay’s northern shore. It contains part of Kanagawa ken and the to (metropolis) of Tokyo (prefecture). The Kawasaki and Yokohama harbour area, …

Shirahige Higashi Municipal Apartments In Sumidа, Tokyo

A housing complex, which 8sembies a fortress of high-rise structures reaching north to south for a distance of 1.2 kilometers, is on the northern extremity of an area located at sea level between the Sumida River and the Arakawа Diversion Channel. The Shirahige Higashi Municipal Apartments were built in 1982 as a disaster-prevention base. The …

Inter-University Seminar House In Tokyo, Japan

A complex of facilities for university students and staff members is located in the densely forested hills on the outskirts of Tokyo. The facility, which was created by a partnership of universities in the Tokyo metropolitan area, provides overnight lodgings for seminars, conferences, and other academic activities. The complex was developed by Takamasa Yoshizaka in …