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Meiji Seimei Kan – Marunouchi

Posted in Nature, Places by tokyobling on December 26, 2014

One of my favorite buildings in Tokyo is the Meiji Seimei Kan, one of the finest examples of western classical architecture to ever be built in Japan. It was built in 1934, survived the war only to be occupied by the Allied GHQ after the war. In 1956 it was returned to Japan and today is, amongst other things, the starting point of the traditional horse and carriage ride from Tokyo Station to the Imperial Palace for new ambassadors meeting the Emperor. On weekends the first two floors are open to the public (more photos of that to come) but the six floors above remain in business use. I remember having dinner in a restaurant in the basement once, so if you want to have your evening meal in possibly the same spot as General Douglas MacArthur when he dined in the canteen it should still be possible.

I took these photos outside the building, which faces the Imperial Palace gardens, on a beautiful crisp autumn day a few weeks ago.







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  1. uaifestival said, on December 27, 2014 at 9:38 am

    I like more the beatiful Ginkgos than the building!


  2. Ann Bartlett said, on December 28, 2014 at 9:37 am

    It is indeed a great building! There’s a real sense of history in those rooms frozen in time and kudos to the insurance company for keeping them that way. However, I think the carriage rides to present new ambassadors only departed from here while Tokyo Station was being renovated? I look forward to more photos….thank you!


    • tokyobling said, on January 16, 2015 at 6:48 am

      Hi Ann, thanks for the comment and thanks for keeping me/us updated. It makes sense that they moved the pick up point back to the original spot. I still have never seen the horse and carriage in real life myself!


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