On Thursday I visited the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery – possibly one of the most austere buildings I have ever come across in Tokyo.  It is really bleak with extremely high ceilings.  The original building (completed 1920) was burnt down in WWII then rebuilt in 1958.  I’m sure the original building would have been ‘nicer’ than this faux Art deco ‘inspired’ with a strong dash of ‘functional’ current building.

Inside were giant pictures historical events that the Emperor and Empress Meiji attended during their reign.  A lot are a little army based but two pictures I thought were more delicate and ‘refined’ were those below.

Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery

Hiromitsu Nakazawa

Buran Kimura