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Japanese Modernism

Tokyo Metropolitan Festival Hall (Tokyo Bunka Kaika / Kunio Maekawa
Cultural Architecture

Tokyo Metropolitan Festival Hall (Tokyo Bunka Kaikan) / Kunio Maekawa

The Tokyo Metropolitan Festival Hall (Tokyo Bunka Kaikan), designed by  Kunio Maekawa in 1957, opened in April 1961. The building was Japan’s first concert hall and was located in Tokyo’s Ueno Park. The heavy cornice and roof superstructures are reminiscent of Le Corbusier’s works, for whom Maekawa had previously worked. Directly adjacent to the hall stands the National Museum of…

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World Peace Memorial Cathedral / Togo Murano
20th Century Retrospective, Japanese Architecture, Religious Architecture

World Peace Memorial Cathedral / Togo Murano

Built-in 1946 by Japanese Architect Togo Murano, the World Peace Memorial Cathedral is a Catholic Catholic Church constructed in remembrance of A-bomb and war victims, and also to pray for world peace. The building was designated an important cultural property as the first architecture after World War II along with the Peace Memorial Museum by Kenzo Tange.

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