2016年06月07日

'Kaichi Gakko' in Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture, is an elementary school built in the latter half of the 19th century, which is one of the oldest existing Western style school buildings.

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Kaichi Gakko, originally built as the first elementary school in Nagano Prefecture in 1873, was rebuilt into the present building in 1876. Most of the construction costs of this school building were covered with the donation from the locals, and more than 20,000 people were said to attend the opening ceremony. Nagano is known as an education-conscious prefecture in Japan, which seems to be proved from this matter of fact in those days. This old school building, designated as an important cultural asset, was converted into an education museum to be opened to the public.
The local master carpenter 'Tateishi Kiyoshige' visited Tokyo two times to study many modern buildings before shaping his specific idea. The picture shows its graceful exterior though, the interior is also elaborately finished with beautiful colored glass. Some other school buildings in this vicinity were designed and built by a master carpenter 'Sasaki Kiju', who had long worked under Tateishi Kiyoshige. These school buildings are reflecting the design of this school building.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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