The massive building in this photo is the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery which collects arts related Meiji Emperor. Before WWII, the emperors of this country were a living god. Among them, the Meiji Emperor who was given back the political power from the Shogunate was special.
So many artists made their artworks which dedicated to him. Yet the artworks don't see the light of day these days. The building which collects them stands silently in the night.
Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery (聖徳記念絵画館, Seitoku Kinen Kaigakan) opened in Tokyo, Japan, in 1926. In June 2011, the Gallery was designated an Important Cultural Property. Inside are eighty paintings depicting events from the life of Emperor Meiji, by forty leading nihonga and forty leading yōga artists.
February 5, 2005
Jingu Gaien, Tokyo
CANON EOS 1V