Finding Modern Architecture in Yamanashi

Yamanashi Prefecture is famous for the feudal lord Shingen Takeda and there are many temples and shrines from the medieval era.  But in late 19th and early 20th century, the Governor of that time, Shiro Fujimura introduced modern architecture.

Those modern buildings are not simple western construction.  They are called “quasi western architecture” because they have Japanese taste within the western style and they are also referred to as “Fujimura-style architecture”.

Yamanashi Municipal Office was one of the buildings constructed in 1877 based on Fujimura Law.

Annex of Yamanashi Municipal Office

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The Municipal Parliament building has almost the same design as the Municipal Office building and was constructed in 1930.

These buildings are all located near from Kofu Station of JR Chuo Line.  Take a fifteen-minute bus ride and you can see the museums which are modern beautiful architecture.  They are Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Literature and Museum of Art.

The Museum of Art has many paintings of Impressionists and Millay

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