Near the Kudanshita Station from Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, I found one of the most unusual buildings I’ve seen in Japan. It looks like a huge archway clad in titanium panels, with no visible windows, creating the impression of a building from a dystopian movie…
But this architectonic design is actually fit for the purpose of this building: this is the National Showa Memorial Museum, also known as Showa-Kan 「昭和館」, a museum dedicated to commemorate the sufferings of the Japanese people during and after the World War II (the Showa period in the Japanese calendar).
Opened in 1999, Showa-Kan was designed by the famous architect Kiyonori Kikutake, founder of the Japanese Metabolist group (another member of this group was Kisho Kurokawa, the designer of the Nakagin Capsule Tower).
Yesterday’s Japan Photo: