“Egawa Style” Quasi-Western Architecture: Early 1900s Buildings by Saburohachi Egawa in Okayama and Fukushima

LIXIL Gallery 1 & 2

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*LIXIL Gallery 1 & 2 is temporarily closed for the time being.
※The exhibition period has been shortened. (Originally 2020/3/16–5/23).

An architect trained in his youth as a domiya-daiku (temple carpenter), Saburohachi Egawa (1860-1939) is best known for designing schools, police departments, and banks in the Gi-yofu (Quasi-Western) architecture style – buildings which outwardly resembled Western-style construction but relied on traditional Japanese techniques. This exhibition looks at nine buildings of the period when the “Egawa Style” came to fruition, through new photographs and commentary. Besides eight Okayama works, they include one Fukushima work thought to be prototypical. Actual materials – including four building models – are also displayed, along with impressive old photographs of Egawa buildings that no longer survive. Fortunately, many Egawa Style buildings still stand. It is hoped the exhibition will revive memory of early 20th-century Japanese townscapes and give visitors a feel for the substantial charm of Egawa Style architecture.

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from April 02, 2020 to May 23, 2020

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