Impressions of Japanese Architecture and the Allied Arts

Impressions of Japanese Architecture and the Allied Arts

Impressions of Japanese Architecture and the Allied Arts

Impressions of Japanese Architecture and the Allied Arts

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It was in January, 1898, that a novel mission called me to Japan. Some years before the flimsy wooden Parliament Houses that had been hastily erected to accommodate the legislative bodies that had come into being with the new Constitution had been destroyed by fire. There had been much talk of a new and permanent structure and at last there seemed to be a chance of the plans reaching fruition. The war with China had reached a victorious conclusion, the Marquis Ito was Premier, and Japan was in a mood for various kinds of expansion, including an architectural demonstration.

A friend of mine, the Reverend Arthur May Knapp, a sort of representative of Unitarianism in Japan, for whom I already had built a pseudo- Japanese house in Fall River, Massachusetts . . .

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