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Hi all, this was taken in Meiji mura in Inuyama

What attracts most Japanese visitors to Meijimura is more the western architecture, particularly what is perceived as "romantic" or "exotic". The gothic St. Francis Xavier church, which was the former Catholic cathedral of Kyoto (built in 1890) is a classic example, interesting not only for its stained glass and history (also interesting for those who haven't visited pre-vatican II cathedrals) but also for the frequent weddings taking place here. Also interesting are the private dwellings from the foreign settlements (read up on extra-territoriality) such as "No. 25" from Nagasaki City (1889) with its double boarded walls and the two storey house from the Kobe settlement, one of the fastest growing cities of that period.

There are also a number of buildings that tend to be overlooked, including those involved emmigration. During the Meiji period large numbers of Japanese began to emmigrate in order to escape the poverty Japan was experiencing, and many made their way to Hawaii to work on the sugar plantations as indentured labourers (or made the journey as "picture brides" in many cases), or to farm in Brazil (which still has the largest overseas Japanese community and is now the largest source of "return migrants", or to the continental United States (there is an interesting evangelical church from Seattle) prior to the immigration restrictions. The difficulties experience are well documented (some ability to read Japanese is required) and of interest.

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