Taisho Romanticism In Kawagoe

The Taisho era in Japan was from 1912 to 1926.
The romanticism in Europe inspired the era in various fields like literature, movie, policy and thought.
That is to say that Japanese adapted the Western style in their own way.

You can see that heritage in architecture which is used in various places even now.

In Kawagoe I can find them easily.

This is of a small restaurant into an alley.
This building is registered as a tangible cultural asset
The owner needs to report house’s maintenance to the government but he can receive the subsidy for repair.
You can enjoy eating a full-course meal of French cooking.

This is of a local bank.
This building was built in 1918 and is three-stories tall.
This building remained safely though the massive earthquake happened.

This is of a museum but it was built as an imported bicycle shop in 1915.

On the other hand among the old buildings there are a lot designed from eastern architecture.

Anyway the western and eastern style buildings exist side-by-side in Kawagoe city.


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I live in Kawagoe-city Saitama-prefecture Japan. There are many traditional warehouses in Kawagoe. So many Japanese and the people from overseas come to sightseeing. http://www.koedo.or.jp/foreign/english/index.html

33 thoughts on “Taisho Romanticism In Kawagoe”

  1. どんよりした空の太陽軒でも、すばらしいですね。


    1. 確かに、この日は曇り空でした。天気に関わらず、これらの建物の周りには、観光客がたくさんいました。

  2. Thank you for showing them. I see Western style buildings from time to time, but I never stop to think about when they were built. Normally, they are so well preserved that you can’t tell their age.

  3. I agree, very beautiful buildings!! You take lovely pictures, I’m looking forward to seeing more! 🙂

  4. In downtown Nara, old building and new building stand alternately, streets don’t look organized, but that’s one of the charms there. It could be called as “organized chaos.”
    I love these old architecture of Taisho romanticism, and your photos, too.

    1. Organized chaos is interesting word.
      There is a strong cityscape preservation in Kyoto as you may know. The owners can’t build high buildings and outdoor advertising freely.

  5. There’s something unique and beautiful about the fusion of oriental and western influence not just on the architectural designs but also on how people live. My country of origin has the same. Europe + Asia + America= Awesome; Great post my friend!

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