Jan. 12-March 24

When the modern education system in Japan was established during the Meiji Era (1868-1912), the first school facilities were architecturally based on Western-style buildings. Throughout the ages, schools developed to steel-reinforced concrete buildings, with the introduction of open-classroom teaching during the 1970s.

This exhibition chronologically explores the history of Japanese school architecture and design with an overview of 42 pre-schools and primary schools, and 25 play / study spaces. On display are photographs, architectural drawings, scale models, educational toys and picture books.

Shiodome Museum; Panasonic Tokyo Shiodome Bldg. 4F, 1-5-1 Higashi-Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Shiodome Stn. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ¥800. Closed Wed. 03-5777-8600; www.panasonic.co.jp/es/museum

Ticket Giveaway:
We have five pairs of tickets to “Architectural and Spatial Works Designed for Children” at the Shiodome Museum to give away to readers. To apply, send a postcard with the exhibition title, your name, address and telephone number to Ticket Giveaway, Life & Culture Dept., The Japan Times, 14F Kioicho Bldg., 3-12 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0094, or apply online at http://jtimes.jp/tickets. Deadline: Jan. 15.

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