Architecture & architects
- Josiah Conder (1852-1920)
- Josiah Conder (1852-1920) and Meiji Architecture
- Peter Swan on Japanese Art
- Tatsuno Kingo (1854-1919): 'A Leading Architect' of the Meiji Era
- The Changing Perceptions of Japanese Architecture, 1862-1919
- Thomas James Waters (1842-98): Bibles and Bricks in Bakumatsu and Early-Meiji Japan
- Tomimoto Kenkichi (1886-1963)
- Wells Coates (1895-1958): Modernist Japonisme
- 'Working at their Profession': Japanese Engineers in Britain before 1914
Author: Watanabe Toshio
This essay details Josiah Conder's (1852-1920) life as the first advocate for the building of Japanese gardens in Britain, and his theory of Japanese garden design.
Author: Finn, Dallas
This chapter details the life of Josiah Conder (1852-1920) and his teaching of western-style architecture in Hery Dyer's new Engineering College in Tokyo as part of the Meiji regime's efforts towards modernisation. Conder inspired Japan's first generation of western-style architects, and proved to be immensely popular with the Japanese authorities, although they resisted his attempts at Japanese influences in his work.
Author: Swan, Peter
Peter Swan went to Japan in 1953 to study Chinese painting, and during his time there covered many facets of Japanese art. Here he gives an account of his visit.
Author: Ruxton, Ian
Tatsuno Kingo (1854-1919) was arguably the leading Japanese architect of his day, and master-minded much of the Western-style architecture of Meiji Japan. This essay examines his general architectural career, as well as his dealings with Britain and its influence upon his work.
Author: Basham, Anna
This essay details Britain's changing attitudes towards Japanese Architecture between 1862 and 1919, including thoughts from Rutherford Alcock, James Jackson Jarves, E.W. Godwin, Josiah Conder, Christopher Dresser, Edward S. Morse, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and William Morris.
Author: Jackson, Neil
Thomas James Waters (1842-98) was the first Professor of Architecture in Japan. This portrait provides an analysis of his personal evangelical convictions and his impact on Japan as an architect-engineer during the early Meiji period.
Author: Cortazzi, Hugh
Tomimoto Kenkichi (1886-1963) was one of Japan's leading artists of the twentieth century. This portrait examines both his skill with ceramics and friendship with the great British potter Bernard Leach.
Author: Basham, Anna
Wells Coates (1895-1958) was an eminent figure in the British Modern Movement, and an avant-garde architect-designer who made frequent reference to his upbringing in Japan.
Author: Checkland, Olive
In an effort to raise the status of Japan to that of a major world power, many engineers were sent from Meiji Japan to work and study in Britain. This portrait charts the challenges and opportunities afforded by this endeavour and the resultant exchange between Japan and Britain.