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.
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.