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Waterfront warehouses, Otaru
© Yoshida Keiji
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1000: Waterfront warehouses, Otaru (Keiji)

The northern island of Hokkaido was only opened up in the Meiji era (late 19th century), and Otaru became an important port then. This canal provided shelter for ships to unload even in rough weather, and the preserved warehouses date back to that time. They were modelled on building techniques imported from the West. They appear to be brick-built, but are actually timber-framed, with brick and stone outer cladding.

Born in 1930, in Gifu Prefecture, Yoshida Keiji graduated in 1952 from what is now the Tokyo University of the Arts, and trained as an architect. He was a joint founder of Rengousekkeisha Ichigaya Architects in Tokyo, and in addition has held academic appointments and written widely, particularly on wooden building construction and aspects of townscape. He is active in the movement to preserve the traditional Japanese townscape, which features in his many "travel sketches," together with views from wider travel around the world.

Yoshida is his family name.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11321 (11-321 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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