After the Meiji Restoration, a large number of Western-style buildings (schools, banks and hotels) started to appear in Japan. Among them, some are valuable architectural monuments, like this lighthouse located near the Yasukuni Shrine in Chiyoda, Tokyo.
The style is an interesting combination of Western architecture with Japanese traditional elements: the lower part is similar to the walls of the Japanese castles (see, for example, the fan sloping wall from the Nagoya Castle), while the upper, octagonal-cylindrical part is typical for the Western lighthouses.
Called the Lighthouse of Kudan Hill (or Jotomyodai), the tower was built in 1871 and it is 12-meters-tall.
Yesterday’s Japan Photo: