2014年07月04日

Well known as the author of 'Nanso Satomi Hakkenden' and 'Chinsetsu Yumiharizuki', 'Kyokutei Bakin' also called 'Takizawa Bakin' was one of the greatest novelists in the Edo period.

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Kyokutei Bakin, born of low-ranking 'samurai' parents in Edo in 1767, was the first full-fledged novelist who made a living only by writing in Japan. He served his apprenticeship when he was 23 years old under 'Santo Kyoden', noted popular writer of the day, to start his career as a rising writer. He wrote many popular writings such as short stories, however, these were not his goal. What he wanted to do was to write full-length novels, and he started it after being adopted by his wife's family running a clog shop. The picture shows the old well of his house in the heart of Tokyo, and it is said that he used the water of this well to make Indian-ink to write his masterpieces. He unfortunately survived his son though, he managed to complete Nanso Satomi Hakkenden thanks to the dictation of his daughter-in-law since he lost his sight before the completion. This full-length super work took some 28 years to be finished.

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Masahisa Takaki.

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2013年07月02日

The former main gate of the city residence of the Ikeda family, one of the powerful 'daimyo' feudal lords, is on display in the grounds of the Tokyo National Museum.

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This stately gate was originaly built in Marunouchi, Tokyo, for the city residence of a powerful daimyo. After being built in the middle of the 19th century, this gate was relocated to be used for the residence of the Imperial family in Tokyo late in the 19th century, then relocated again to the present site after the Second World War.
The appearance of a big semigabled roof with a gabled guardhouse on both sides is one of the most prestigious designs at that time. In comparison with 'Akamon' red gate standing in Tokyo University, this gate is called 'Kuromon' black gate.
In Tokyo, only these two gates servived the civil war at the time of the Meiji Restoration, big fires, earthquakes and the Second World War.
This is designated as an important cultural asset, together with Akamon red gate.

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Masahisa Takaki.

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2013年05月27日

Kunio Maekawa, who had studied under the greatest Swiss architect Le Corbusier, educated Kenzo Tange and other big Japanese architects after the Second World War.

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Talking about what is called modernist architecture, a name of Le Corbusier comes first. The greatest Japanese architect Kunio Maekawa went to France alone after he graduated from Tokyo University, to study under Le Corbusier for two years, and returned to Japan in 1930. He created a great impact on Japan's architectural world of the day, with his sense of modernist architecture after his great master.
Many masterpieces were built across Japan until he died at the age of 81, among which The National Museum of Western Art, The Tokyo Bunka Kaikan in Ueno, and The National Diet Library in Nagata-cho are the most important works.
The picture shows his private house originally built in Shinagawa in 1942. This house stands now in The Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum in Koganei City, Tokyo after being carefully relocated together with its small garden. Although being built in the midst of the Second World War, when floor space of a private house was restricted to under 100 square meters, this house is featuring modernism filled with brightness both in and out.

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Masahisa Takaki.

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