Saturday, 26 July 2008

The most beautiful building in Tsuruoka ...


I think the most beautiful building in my hometown is Taiho-kan. It is in the centre of Tsuruoka city in Yamagata prefecture.

It was built in 1915 to celebrate the Emperor-Taisho ascended to the throne.

It is the baroque architecture. It was made from white wall and red roof.

Taiho-kan used to be a library from 1951 to 1985. After that, it has been used for a museum exhibiting a material of literary people who lived in Tsuruoka like Shuhei Fujisawa. You might have seen movies from his novel, "Bushi no ichibu" or "Semi shigure" for instance.

You can see a view of Tsuruoka Park from second floor of Taiho-kan. There was Tsuruoka castle in the Edo period but it has been using for a parknow. Taiho-kan was built in a part of there, beside a moat.

It is free to go in. It is opened from 9:00 to 16:30.

If you are interested in this building, try to access the following URL.You can get more information about it, but it is only Japanese.