Sunday, August 02, 2009

Miscellaneous Photos: Otaru, Hokkaido

Otaru, Hokkaido, is the most architecturally interesting city I have visited in Japan, not excluding Kyoto. Otaru's Historic District is extensive and contains dozens of buildings, preserved by local ordinance, dating from 1900-1930. Though some are abandoned and in disrepair, many are home to thriving commercial establishments. Sapporo stone is usually used for the exterior of these structures, while wood is employed for the frame.

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