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The planned exhibition ""EGAWA STYLE" Quasi-Western Architecture:Early 1900s Buildings by Saburohachi Egawa in Okayama and Fukushima" has been cancelled due to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect our customers and employees. Thank you for your understanding.

An architect trained in his youth as a domiya-daiku (temple carpenter), Saburohachi Egawa (1860-1939) is best known for designing schools, police departments, and banks in the Gi-yofu (Quasi-Western) architecture style--buildings which outwardly resembled Western-style construction but relied on traditional Japanese techniques. Such designs he undertook as an architectural planner, first for his home prefecture of Fukushima and, later, for the prefecture of Okayama to which he was posted. His buildings in Okayama came to define the prefecture's distinctive style of modern architecture, known as the "Egawa Style." At its heart was his originally designed "Egawa Style roof truss" adapted from the Western bridge truss he first encountered in Fukushima. Giving play to his truss in the roof construction of buildings, he created breathtakingly large interior spaces. Then, his use of traditional Japanese building measurements and other attributes of domiya-daiku design--not to mention several striking decorative features of his liking he commonly employed--impart a special rhythm and warmth to Egawa Style architecture. Ultimately, by drawing from his early apprenticeships with foremost architects of the Meiji period (1868-1912), Egawa achieved a style entirely his own that transcended the Quasi-Western architecture genre.

This exhibition looks at nine buildings of the period when the "Egawa Style" came to fruition, through new photographs and commentary. Besides eight Okayama works, they include one Fukushima work thought to be prototypical. Actual materials--including four building models--are also displayed, along with impressive old photographs of Egawa buildings that no longer survive. Fortunately, many Egawa Style buildings still stand. It is hoped the exhibition will revive memory of early 20th-century Japanese townscapes and give visitors a feel for the substantial charm of Egawa Style architecture.

We wish to extend our deep appreciation to Shigeatsu Shimizu (Professor, Kyoto University of Art and Design), a leading researcher on Egawa Style architecture, as well as the Saburohachi Egawa Research Group in Okayama and everyone whose efforts have made this exhibition possible.

Date Osaka : 6 Dcember, 2019 - 18 February, 2020
Tokyo : 2 April - 23 May, 2020
Open Hours Osaka : 10 am - 5 pm
Tokyo : 10 am - 6 pm
Closed Osaka : Wednesdays,Dec.27-Jan.3, Feb.16
Tokyo : Wednesdays,
Admission Free
Planned by LIXIL Gallery Planning Committee
Organized by LIXIL Corporation
Cooperated by Saburohachi Egawa Research Group,Shigeatsu Shimizu,Maniwa City and Maniwa City Board of Education
Space Design by TAS Architects
Graphics Design by Kohei Sekita