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Kyuden 宮殿 (The Imperial Palace)

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  • Title (object)

    • Kyuden 宮殿 (The Imperial Palace)
  • Description

    Photobook. First edition. 2 vols. Text in English and Japanese.

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    • 1969
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  • Curator's comments

    The Imperial Palace dating from the Meiji period burned down after an air-raid on May 25th, 1945. It was only in the autumn of 1958 that Imperial Household Agency (kunai-cho) completed a study for the reconstruction that would take ten years to complete. The aura of the Japanese Imperial Family is such that even photographic images of the palace are hard to come by. Only a small section is open to the public twice a year, namely on New Year's day and on the Emperor's birthday. The present book provides a comprehensive survey of external and interior features of the new buildings and even includes a detailed plan of their arrangement. The present de-luxe edition was designed by Hara Hiromu. Watanabe is particularly strong in his rendition of close-up details. Eight copies in OCLC. (Titus Boeder, 4/07)


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  • Additional IDs

    • PB.206 (Photobook number)

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