The modernization of Japan began in the Meiji era.
During this period, Western technology was introduced into architecture.
While Japanese people accept Western architecture, they retain the goodness of Japanese architecture.
Such Japanese-Western eclectic is interesting.
- 1.Western Style House, Buildings in Ikebukuro
- 2.Western Style House, Buildings near Ikebukuro
- 3.【MAP】Western Style House, Buildings in or near Ikebukuro
1.Western Style House, Buildings in Ikebukuro
I’ll share a Western-style building within walking distance from Ikebukuro Station
Jiyugakuen Myounichikan was designed by the architects Frank Lloyd Wright, who worked on the Imperial Hotel.
Not only the architecture, but also the collaboration with seasonal flowers such as cherry blossoms and roses.
1-2.Rikkyo University Main Dining Hall/立教大学第一食堂
I’ll show you the mossy beautiful student cafeteria in Japan.
It is Rikkyo University Main Dining Hall .
The chair was engraved with the logo of Rikkyo University.
The menu is a general school meal menu
Regular menus are available in English.
Look at the numbers and buy a meal ticket.
Although it is a university facility, it can be used by non-students.
2.Western Style House, Buildings near Ikebukuro
2-1.Hatoyama Hall in Gokokuji/鳩山会館
The Hatoyama family, who have made great contributions to Japanese modern politics and education.
The Western-style building where the Hatoyama family have lived for four generations has been restored and is open to the public.
▼I visited Hatoyama Hall
2-2.Kyu-Furukawa Gardens in Komagome/旧古河庭園
The Kyu-Furukawa Gardens , known for its Western-style building designed by Josiah Conder.
In fact, there are Japanese-style rooms in the Western-style building.
If you apply in advance, you can join the tour.
From the end of November to the beginning of December, you can enjoy the Autumn leaves with the Rosegarden.
The cherry blossom season is also beautiful.
There is also a Japanese garden, so let’s enjoy a mix of Japanese and Western styles.
▼I visited Kyu-Furukawa Gardens